Call for the Dead - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Call for the Dead - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 03/11/2011
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…Smiley, his damp hand cupped round the end of his cigarette, watching and hating, triumphed that he knew his enemy.

Dead men receive no calls. Dead men write no letters.

After a routine security check by George Smiley, civil servant Samuel Fennan apparently kills himself. When Smiley finds Circus head Maston is trying to blame him for the man's death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan's widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation.

But on the very day that Smiley is ordered off the enquiry he receives an urgent letter from the dead man. Do the East Germans - and their agents - know more about this man's death than the Circus previously imagined?

Call for the Dead, John le Carre’s first novel, introduces one of literature’s greatest fictional spies, the tenacious, retiring, sharp-witted George Smiley.

'Intelligent, thrilling, surprising . . . makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard' The Sunday Telegraph

 

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141198286
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 123 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Intelligent, thrilling, surprising ... makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard. * Sunday Telegraph *
Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense. * Observer *
The greatest spy novelist of all time ... astounding works of the imagination. -- Jake Kerridge * Daily Telegraph *
Brilliant, popular, intelligent, thrilling, suspenseful, angry, original, masterful writing. Can't be topped. -- Armando Iannucci
An extraordinary writer who brought literary lustre and lived insight to the spy yarn. -- Ian Rankin
One of those writers who will be read a century from now. -- Robert Harris
His Smiley novels are key to understanding the mid-20th century. -- Margaret Atwood
What Joseph Conrad started, John le Carre enshrined and made modern. That is the real achievement of his great novels and why they will endure ... we should see him as our contemporary Dickens. -- William Boyd * New Statesman *
Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense * Observer *
Intelligent, thrilling, surprising ... makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard * Sunday Telegraph *

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“Great introduction to the world of Smiley”

Terrifically written, a nice, shorter story to ease one into the Smiley series.

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“From Overrated Last Outing to Undervalued First”

With the recent passing of Sean Connery, David Cornwell and George Blake, the shadowy world of espionage is again under the spotlight, making it an opportune moment to reassess the canon of John le Carré, the... More

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“Very enjoyable”

Quite a short book and lots of action so real page turner. Not as involved as his later book plots but still kept you guessing and good background information on Smiley. I really enjoyed and read very quickly. It’s... More

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