A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel


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Penguin Adult Hc/Tr
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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. For six decades, he wrote novels that came to define our age. The son of a con man, he spent his childhood between boarding school and the London underworld. At sixteen he found refuge at the university of Bern, then later at Oxford. A spell of teaching at Eton led him to a short career in British Intelligence (MI5&6). He published his debut novel, Call for the Dead, in 1961 while still a secret servant. 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 Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People. At the end of the Cold War, le Carré widened his scope to explore an international landscape including the arms trade and the War on Terror. His memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, was published in 2016 and the last George Smiley novel, A Legacy of Spies, appeared in 2017. He died on December 12, 2020.


"Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty."
"Vastly entertaining."
"Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty."--Observer (UK)
"Vastly entertaining."--Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"Le Carre is simply the world''s greatest fictional spymaster."--Newsweek
"Le Carre is simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster."--Newsweek
"[Le Carre] is one of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land."

--Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
"Beautifully intelligent, satiric, and witty."--The Observer (UK)
"Vastly entertaining."--The Sunday Telegraph (UK)