A Murder of Quality
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|Format:||Paperback, 192 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 26 May 2011|
Stella Rode has twice disturbed the ancient cloisters of Carne School: firstly by being the wrong sort, with her doyleys and china ducks, and secondly by being murdered. George Smiley, who has his own connection with the school, is asked by an old Service friend to investigate. As Smiley probes further beneath Carne's respectable veneer, he uncovers far more than a simple crime of passion. In his second George Smiley novel, le Carre moves outside the world of espionage to reveal the secrets at the heart of another particularly English institution. The result is a pitch-perfect murder mystery, with Smiley as master detective.
About the Author
John le Carre was educated at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages. From 1959 to 1964 he was a member of the British Foreign Service, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.
Beautifully elegant, satiric and witty Telegraph
This second outing in le Carre's George Smiley series finds the Cold War spy master not matching wits with the Russians but playing sleuth. When Ailsa Brimley, editor of the Christian Voice newspaper, receives a letter from a trusted contributor claiming that the woman's teacher husband is planning to murder her, Ailsa asks old friend Smiley for assistance. When the woman is killed, Smiley travels to the Carne School in the British countryside to investigate. He quickly runs into a stone wall of well-meaning police who know nothing and snobbish schoolmasters who'll say nothing, leaving him as puzzled as the listener. Narrator Michael Jayston delivers very subdued characterizations for the above-it-all Carne crew and is appropriately soft-spoken as the owlish Smiley. VERDICT As close to a cozy as le Carre gets, this title offers twists, turns, and dead ends aplenty that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats until the very last word. Mystery fans and even those expecting a spy story will be charmed. Solid all around and perfect commuter fare.-Mike Rogers, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Penguin Classics|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 x 1.0 centimetres (0.14 kg)|