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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Hb
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858059208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521876865
  • ASIN: 0340994347
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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"A Murder of Quality" was spy fiction writer John LeCarre's very decent second novel, first published in 1962. It features his classic literary creation, British spymaster George Smiley, in a one-off murder mystery, at a very old and very private school.

As the story opens, George Smiley is retired from the Secret Intelligence Service over events that occured in "Call for the Dead". He gets a request for help from a wartime colleague, a Miss Ailsa Brimley, who runs a small newspaper and who gets a letter from a female subscriber predicting her own murder. By the time Smiley gets involved, the woman, the wife of an instructor at Carne, is already dead, brutally murdered in her own house. Police suspicion falls on a mentally disturbed woman, but Smiley runs his own investigation, just slightly off the books, and discovers a school torn by petty jealousies and a few truly dangerous secrets.

The murder mystery is intricately if self-consciously plotted; the solution is perhaps not obvious until late in the story. LeCarre uses the novel to flesh out the charcter of George Smiley, and to work in some harsh social satire against English private schools. "A Murder of Quality" is highly recommended to fans of John LeCarre's novels.
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By average on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Smiley here investigates a death threat and subsequently a death. Basically a mystery novel and not a spy book.

It would seem that he is having some fun with his uni town into the bargain, as he delves into the academic upper crust society and its foibles to discover what is going on.
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