A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel

Overview

John le Carré's second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley.

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband—an assistant master at Carne School—is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late....

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Overview

John le Carré's second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley.

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband—an assistant master at Carne School—is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life—as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

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Editorial Reviews

Tim Rutten

“[Le Carré] is one of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man’s land.”
The Observer (UK)

"Beautifully intelligent, satiric, and witty."
The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Vastly entertaining."
Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Vastly entertaining."

Newsweek

"Le Carré is simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster."
Observer (UK)

"Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101575758
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Series: Smiley
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author John le Carré (A Delicate Truth and Spy Who Came in from the Cold) was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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