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A Murder of Quality (original 1962; edition 2002)

by John le Carre

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Title:A Murder of Quality
Authors:John le Carre
Info:Scribner (2002), Paperback, 160 pages
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A Murder of Quality by John le Carré (Author) (1962)

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I think Call for The Dead is a more exciting read than this. Particularly because le Carre explored more with the story scenes in the first book. In this one, the story really just centralizes on Carne. Those who mind it might find it dreary. (just a little precaution)

Le Carre's writing is still wonderful though! ( )
  novewong | Jul 8, 2015 |
In this very skilfully read audiobook, Smiley takes on a murder set in a British prep school where snobbery runs rampant. In Agatha Christie fashion, there are lots of red herrings in a somewhat closed setting, but of course George Smiley is up to the task. Mush less dense and convoluted that LeCarre's espionage, this is still an anjoyable read. ( )
  sleahey | Jan 29, 2015 |
Read during Summer 2002

Something a little different for George Smiley, not intellgence work and spies but a murder. Starts out a bit slow but quickly picks up speed and then got to the point where I could not put it down and I NEVER EVER guessed who did it. First rate stuff.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
The second book featuring George Smiley is like the first, more a crime novel than one of espionage. There are hints here of the depth of character that Smiley will reveal in later books, but what is most noticeable is the tone of deference and class differences that would be missing today, over 50 years after the book was published.
The police seem content to allow an outsider, Smiley, with no apparent qualifications and without question, to take a lead in the investigation of a murder. Class differences between the townspeople and the public school are emphasised and it is this difference that Smiley uses to his advantage to reveal the murderer.
  camharlow2 | Apr 1, 2014 |
Remarkable. A murder mystery, solved by a retired spy using espionage methods! ( )
  Netherto | Oct 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743431685, Paperback)

John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international esionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him -- and his hero, British secret Service Agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.

George Smiley was simply doing a favor for Miss Ailsa Brimley, and old friend and editor of a small newspaper. Miss Brimley had received a letter from a worried reader: "I'm not mad. And I know my husbad is trying to kill me." But the letter had arrived too late: it's scribe, the wife of an assistant master at the distinguished Carne School, was already dead.

So George Smiley went to Carne to listen, ask questions, and think. And to uncover, layer by layer, the complex network of skeletons and hatreds that comprised that little English institution.

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A retired undercover agent, a charming but dangerous woman, and an aging intellectual are drawn together by murder among England's upper crust.

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