Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead

Book - 1983
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With the incomparable opening chapter of Call for the Dead , titled "A Brief History of George Smiley," John Le Carr#65533; introduces his legendary spy and immediately ensnares you in the shadowy world Smiley inhabits.

Pulled back from overseas duty during World War II, Smiley was redirected to face the threats of the Cold War. He had been asked to interview Samuel Fennan of the Foreign Office after an anonymous letter accused Fennan of Communist Party membership. Smiley's report cleared him of the allegations, so he was stunned to learn that Fennan had died the day after the interview, leaving a suicide note that claimed his career had been ruined. Investigating circumstances that make no sense to him, Smiley gradually uncovers a spy ring and in so doing is led into a lethal duel of wits with the best of his war-time pupils.

Call for the Dead marks the beginning of John Le Carr#65533;'s brilliant literary career, just as it launches the life of one of the most memorable fictional characters of the twentieth century.

Publisher: London : V. Gollancz, 1983, c1961
ISBN: 9780802714435
9780575033696
057503369X
Branch Call Number: LECAR
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 22 cm

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gogo12127
Mar 21, 2017

At one time I had read all the John lé Carre novels, but I quit reading them sometime in the late eighties. I've decided to go back and read them all in the order in which they were reading.

"Call for Dead," the first of these novels and the shortest of them by far, originally was published in 1961, and the copyright renewed in 1989. This particular edition was published in 2004 and is graced with a forward by crime novelist P. D. James. One of the things she points out is that le Carré wrote "Call for Dead" when mobile phones were unknown, telephone services provided wake-up calls, and more sophisticated criminal investigative tools were to come.

The author also has provided an introduction to this edition, in which he talks about his background and how and why he came to write his novels, "Call for the Dead," in particular.

KateHillier Mar 29, 2014

George Smiley questions a man and then that man kills himself. The blame is on Smiley even though he had assured the man that there was nothing to worry about. When questioning the dead man's wife a requested 8:30am call by the dead man occurs and then the questions begin. It's a short book but a tight story. That being said the way it's written sometimes makes it hard to follow but when the writing is looking for your attention it certainly has it.

Indigo_Cobra_8 Oct 12, 2013

A fairly short, enjoyable spy book with lots of little plot twists and turns. It got a little confusing sometimes, but everything was nicely cleared up in the end.

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