- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; English Language edition (January 29, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743431685
- ISBN-13: 978-0743431682
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People. His novels include The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, Our Game, The Taileor of Panama, and Single & Single. John le Carré lives in Cornwall.
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A lot of info is in the mixmaster near the end and that can be confusing. But as noted above, "we're just gettin' started" with Smiley on what we know will be a successful adventure over time. Le Carre's writing lights up your brain cinematically (which is also said of Graham Greene). The description of a tea tray just about anywhere in the literature of Great Britain is unparalleled on this earth. President-elect Trump may take Americans wherever he will on this forthcoming four (4) year adventure, but there will always be an England (Great Britain).
Such is the premise of "A Murder of Quality", John LeCarre's very decent second novel, first published in 1962. Smiley, who has connections at Carne, undertakes a private investigation with the tacit approval of the local police, who suspect a local mentally disturbed woman. Smiley's investigation leads him deep into the plotting, petty politics, and jealousies of the school staff, where he finds many suspects and more than a few lies.
The murder mystery is carefully plotted; the solution may not be obvious until late in the novel. LeCarre works in some harsh satire on private schools, but the real fun may be watching him fill out the character of the non-heroic Smiley, who would go on to feature in several of LeCarre's hard-edged but excellent espionage novels. "A Murder of Quality" is highly recommended to fans of LeCarre and of George Smiley.