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Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel Paperback – October 2, 2012
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—The New York Times Book Review
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—Los Angeles Times
"Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense...excellent writing."
“Thrilling…makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard.”
—Sunday Telegraph (UK)
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author John le Carré (The Pigeon Tunnel and The 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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As this story opens, a British Foreign Office civil servant named Samuel Fennan apparently dies a suicide just days after he has been cleared in a routine security investigation by George Smiley. A puzzled Smiley follows up with the widow and with the police investigator, discovering a significant clue that undermines the preliminary finding of suicide. Ignoring the direction of his Secret Intelligence Service boss, Smiley follows up on his clue, uncovering a trail of evidence leading to an East German intelligence operation, whose roots lead back to Smiley's own wartime intelligence work. Smiley will discover the hard way that his opponents are utterly ruthless...
"Call for the Dead" is very highly recommended to fans of LeCarre's excellent espionage fiction. Already on display in this first novel is LeCarre's distinctive prose, penchant for twisting plots, and cynical take on the spy business. "Call for the Dead" is an excellent setup for the later novels.