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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,470 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The George Smiley Series Release Date:
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Go back to Whitehall and look for more spies on your drawing boards.”

George Smiley is no one’s idea of a spy—which is perhaps why he’s such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he?

The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carré’s chillingly amoral universe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A finely wrought and compelling admixture of three types of crime writing: the novel of action and excitement that we commonly call a thriller, the spy story, and the detective story.”

    P. D. James

  • A subtle and acute story of counterespionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence. The New York Times Book Review
    New York Times Book Review
  • Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense...excellent writing. The ObserverObserver (UK)
  • Thrilling…makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard. Sunday TelegraphSunday Telegraph (UK)
  • “A subtle and acute story of counter-espionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense…excellent writing.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Intelligent, thrilling, surprising…Makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick Hurley | 2/20/2014

    " My first John LeCarre novel and it did not disappoint! George Smiley is a compelling protagonist and this is an extremely well-written and tight spy mystery. So glad I picked it up from the library over Thanksgiving holiday and will definitely be on the lookout for more LeCarre books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 1/31/2014

    " I never have read any of Le Carre's books, so I decided to start from the beginning. This first book of his was short and you can tell a bit that he's still working on his style, but it was entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pearce | 1/22/2014

    " John le Carre is supposed to be the second-best espionage writer around, so I thought I'd start with his first book. It's a clever and well-written murder mystery centered around cold-war spy shenanigans. I can imagine his books getting better as he goes along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frances Sawaya | 1/18/2014

    " Though this was the first book written by le Carre it was not here that I started enjoying his works; that journey began with the quest for Karla trilogy. I liked Smiley so much that I backtracked into le Carre's books in search of the quietly lethal and dedicated Smiley. A short book but intense nonetheless and it was interesting to see how the author developed and expanded George over the decades. He always seemed to melt into the background and leave the glitz to others in order to get the job done. "

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