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.
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.
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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