Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

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George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy—which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he?

The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le...

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Overview

George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy—which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he?

The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carré's chillingly amoral universe.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
The first le Carré novel is often dismissed as a minor work of interest only for introducing spymaster George Smiley, but it also serves as a template for later masterpieces such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Investigating whether the death of a Foreign Office official was the suicide it appeared to be, Smiley unravels a series of betrayals, both political and personal, that are all equally painful to those involved. As with his readings elsewhere in the Smiley series, Michael Jayston provides a nuanced narration that is as subtle as the unfolding events. VERDICT Because this tight, spellbinding thriller eschews the labyrinthine duplicities of later novels, while tackling the same themes, it serves as an excellent entrée to le Carré's world.—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr.
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
“Thrilling…makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard.”—Sunday Telegraph
The New York Times Book Review
“A subtle and acute story of counterespionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence.”—The New York Times Book Review
Newsweek
"Le Carré is simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster."
Observer (UK)
"Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense...excellent writing."—The Observer
Tim Rutten
“Le Carré is one of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man’s land.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611760972
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 1,006,914
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John le Carr 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. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a world wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Great book

    After the newest "Tinker" movie I started looking for the books. I just finished this book on my nook for iPad and Samsung GS4. I loved the book. It was fresh and Smiley made for a great spy without being a 007 styled character. The app works great and synced across my mac and android device s without a hitch. If you look like this genre at all you need to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    A Great Read, Again

    I recently decided to go back and re-read Le Carre on Nook, starting with this book. It's not only a great read, again, it also worked quite well on the reader. If you liked him then, you will probably still like him now; if this author is new to you, you won't be disappointed.

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