A Murder of Quality (George Smiley Series)

A Murder of Quality (George Smiley Series)

by John le Carré
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A Murder of Quality (George Smiley Series) by John le Carré

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyOur Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.

"Fielding and Jebedee were dead, Steed-Asprey vanished. Smiley—where was he?"

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143122586
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: George Smiley Series , #2
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 55,457
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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A Murder of Quality: Smiley Series, Book 2 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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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