A Murder of Quality

A Murder of Quality

A George Smiley Novel

Book - 2004
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George Smiley was simply doing a favor for Miss Ailsa Brimley, an old friend and editor of a small newspaper. Miss Brimley had received a letter from a worried reader: "I'm not mad. And I know my husband is trying to kill me." But the letter had arrived too late: its scribe, the wife of an assistant master at the distinguished Carne School, was already dead. So George Smiley went to Carne to listen, ask questions, and think. And to uncover, layer by layer, the complex network of skeletons and hatreds that comprised that little English institution
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2004, c1962
ISBN: 9780802714428
0802714420
Branch Call Number: FIC LeCa
Characteristics: xvii, 152 p

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Jul 04, 2017

A Murder of Quality is the second novel of John le Carré. It offers a satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband, an assistant master at Carne School, is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life, as in espionage, nothing is quite what it appears.

This is the second of the George Smiley books of John le Carré, the first being Call for the Dead. Some observations: George Smiley is the antithesis of the James Bond character of Ian Fleming. (I've never read the James Bond books, but I'm assuming the movies pretty much mirror the books.) James Bond is a glib, one-dimensional, womanizing cardboard character. George Smiley, on the other hand, is a quiet, shy, unprepossessing, unpretentious, two-dimensional character. Several of the John le Carré books have been adapted into books. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been adapted into both a movie and a television miniseries. These adaptions, in my opinion, have been high quality ones. A final observation I would have is that the John le Carré books all have interesting titles: Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, and so on.

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