John le Carré’s second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an
exquisite, 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.
John le Carré’s classic novels deftly navigate
through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed
skill and knowledge, and they have earned him—and his hero, British secret
Service Agent George Smiley—unprecedented worldwide acclaim.
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