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A Murder Of Quality
     

A Murder Of Quality

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by John le Carré, Full Cast (Read by), Geoffrey Palmer (Read by), Marcia Warren (Read by), Simon Russell Beale (Read by)
 

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George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess ‘the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin’. This dramatisation, set in the early 1960s, sees George Smiley investigating a murder in a

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George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess ‘the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin’. This dramatisation, set in the early 1960s, sees George Smiley investigating a murder in a public school. When the wife of one of the masters is found bludgeoned to death, Smiley, out of loyalty to an old friend, agrees to look into the case. But his investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night? To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Geoffrey Palmer and Marcia Warren, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré’s gripping, sophisticated thriller.

2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408400845
Publisher:
B B C Worldwide Americas
Publication date:
06/04/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.75(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in 1931 in Poole, Dorset and educated at Sherborne School, the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class degree in modern languages. He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as political consul in Hamburg. His first novel, a story of espionage called Call for the Dead, was published in 1961. It was quickly followed in 1962 by A Murder of Quality, a mystery story set in an English public school. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a wide reputation, and was made into a successful film starring Richard Burton. This was followed by The Looking Glass War, A Small Town in Germany and The Naive and Sentimental Lover. However, the success of his third novel was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. Next came The Little Drummer Girl, which was a departure from the Smiley novels, and dealt with the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. This was followed by his most autobiographical novel, A Perfect Spy. Then came The Russia House, The Secret Pilgrim, The Night Manager, Our Game, The Tailor of Panama, Single & Single, The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song and A Delicate Truth. As well as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, many other le Carré novels have been made into films or television series. Alec Guinness starred as George Smiley in the TV mini-series of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People, while Denholm Elliott took on the role for A Murder of Quality. The 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starred Gary Oldman as Smiley, and featured a stellar cast including Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. A Most Wanted Man (2013) starred Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles, and 2014 saw the release of Our Kind of Traitor, featuring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris. David Cornwell has won many prestigious prizes and awards for his novels over the years. He is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford and has Honorary Doctorates at the University of Bern and Oxford University. He has won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger twice (for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, which also won him the Dagger of Daggers in 2005, and The Honourable Schoolboy) and in 1988 he won the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement. He donated his literary archive, containing 85 boxes of draft manuscripts, to the Bodleian Library in 2010.

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A Murder of Quality: Smiley Series, Book 2 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought it because it featured George Smiley. Different from the Karla Trilogy in this isn't a spy thriller, but Smiley uses the same deductive techniques to solve the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True to Le Carre' form. Mysterious, exciting, surprising and excellent detail. I have read nearly all his books and this is among his best. I have never been disappointed in his writings and look gorward to the next one.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The second George Smiley novel was written shortly after the John Le Carre' debut Call For The Dead. It is a mystery instead of a spy novel, and Smiley is a duck out of water as he looks into the death of a teacher's wife at a stuffy boys' school. It is hard to imagine this is the same writer who released the landmark The Spy Who Came In From The Cold a year later. Yet some of the same themes of his later Circus stories are present; the situation is not what it appears and those in authority are unworthy of their positions. It is a rather odd entry in the Le Carre' canon, but worth reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a good read.Once again in the world of George Smiley, John le Carre brings us to world surrounded murder, deceit, and the prejudices between social classes.A good character of what a person can do regardless regardless of the consequences.
OldguyVA More than 1 year ago
I'm re-reading all of Le Carre's works, this time on my NOOK instead of the paper version.  I had almost forgotten this particular novel, which is more of a detective mystery than a spy novel.  It really develops the Smiley character and it's superb--worth a read if you haven't already, worth a re-read if, like me, you'redoing a retrospective for whatever reason.
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Russell_Kirk More than 1 year ago
Well written.
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