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A bloody and apparently senseless murder had been committed at Carne School one of the oldest and most glittering ornaments in the British public school system George Smiley whose connec. A dog that had not bitten the postman a devil that rode upon the wind a woman who knew that she would die a little worried man in an overcoat standing in the snow outside his hotel and the laborious chime of the Abbey clock telling him to go to bed In this second book in the George Smiley series Miss Brimley calls him because she is concerned about a letter she received for the small publication The Christian Voice where a woman named Stella Glaston Rode writes that she fears her husband is going to kill her Ailsa Brimley used to work with George Smiley years before and she wanted him to check into this before going to the police One phone call and George discovers that the murder has already been committed Even though it takes place in Carne where his ex wife grew up and where her family still live he feels compelled to go and is urged to do so by Ailsa BrimleyThus begins A Murder of uality and the story grips you and carries you along through to the end It is centered on a boy s school and brings with it many different characters plus spouses plus boys in the school plus extras John Le Carr is truly a master of his craft As I mentioned this is his second book and it was published in 1962 This novel is so polished professional and gripping it kept me up until the wee hours to find out not only who committed the crime but why And the author delivers When I say professional I don t mean it is stuffy or formulaic in any way It means instead that the pacing is perfect the story is absorbing and the uality of the writing is exceptional It s very hard to believe that his first book had only been written the year before My respect has expanded accordinglyIt is a pleasure to recommend this book and I am delighted that I still have 7 in this series to look forward to

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A Murder of uality

Tions with Carne were complicated by sentiment had had a curious forewarning of the crime and in a private capacity pursued its investigation Without his espionage trained insight into t. My husband is uite a fan of John LeCarre and convinced me that I should read this one It is a small novel 146 pages compared to his later books of 300 or pages and a little mystery instead of a cold war spy novel Not being the greatest fan of a mystery novel I tend to read them too fast or peek at the ending because I can t stand the suspense or I m up until the wee hours of the morning because I can t go to sleep until I find out who did it I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one managed to read it slowly and thoroughly enjoyed the author s writing I think I enjoyed LeCarre s writing even than the mysteryExample Smiley himself was one of those solitaries who seem to have come into the world fully educated at the age of eighteen Obscurity was his nature as well as his profession The byways of espionage are not populated by the brash and colourful adventurers of fiction A man who like Smiley has lived and worked for years among his country s enemies learns only one prayer that he may never never be noticed Assimilation is his highest aim He learns to love the crowds who pass him in the street without a glance he clings to them for his anonymity and his safety His fear makes him servile he could embrace the shoppers who jostle him in their impatience and force him from the pavement He could adore the officials the police the bus conductors for the terse indifference of their attitudesBut this fear this servility this dependence had developed in Smiley a perception for the coulour of human beings a swift feminine sensitivity to their characters and motives He knew mankind as a huntsman knows his cover as a fox the wood For a spy must hunt while he is hunted and the crowd is his estate He could collect their gestures and their words record the interplay of glance and movement as a huntsman can record the twisted bracken and the broken twig or as a fox detects the signs of dangerI may have to read another LeCarre novel

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He workings of the human mind Smiley might never have solved the case But logic and insight were hardly enough to spare him the emotional aftermath of a conclusion he did not want to fac. This is the second book by John le Carr featuring unlikely spy George Smiley To begin my mission to read all the Smiley books in 2020 I did a uick search to identify the titles Regardless of where Google sent me the observations regarding A Murder of uality were similar ranging from not really a Smiley novel to don t bother to read it in seuence That s because it s not a spy novel it s a crime novelFair enough but nevertheless I m glad I did read it after Call for the Dead for a couple of reasons The first that it occupies the same place in time as the previous book England in the early 1960 s This is still very much a post war world where the personal histories of the characters generally reflect their service or their losses in the war It s not the freshly remade high energy post war world of the US but one where privations are still felt and people are still haunted by memories It s an extension of the feel of Call for the Dead where the plot reaches back to events in WWII and before but the current action takes place in the London of 1961The second reason I m glad I took it in seuence is that it marks a big uptick in le Carr s writing The story is well rounded and complete and that sense of a novella being stretched to novel length that was present in Call for the Dead is no longer there Considering the book on its own and not as part of the Smiley canon it s an excellent mystery of the closed group variety Someone from the faculty community at an upper class school is murdered and through tangential wartime connections the now retired Smiley is brought in to help the local police determine what happened The town vs gown phenomenon is an impediment to a proper investigation and Smiley can bridge that gapIf you re looking for a spy thriller this won t be your cup of tea But if you want a well constructed mystery with some social commentary thrown in I can highly recommend it


10 thoughts on “A Murder of uality

  1. says:

    Le Carre's first book was not so much a spy novel as a detective story with spies in it and this second book is even less a spy novel it is a detective story with George Smiley in it But that does not prevent A Murder of uality 1962 from bein

  2. says:

    A dog that had not bitten the postman; a devil that rode upon the wind; a woman who knew that she would die; a little worried man in an overcoat standing in the snow outside his hotel and the laborious chime of the Abbey clock telling him to go to bed In this second book in the George Smiley series Miss Brimley calls him because she is concerned about a letter she received for the small publication The Christ

  3. says:

    I haven't exactly rushed to read John le Carré's books but whenever I've gotten around to it I'm always glad I di

  4. says:

    Absolutely excellent My first meeting with George Smiley and certainly an error I will be correcting in the months to come A very interesting character The whole book was a condemnation of the British class system reinforced by the afterword by John Le Carre In it he admits that the kernels of this story are routed in his own exp

  5. says:

    All this time I had been clear in my mind that George Smiley was a spy master and that John le Carré writes spy novels A Murder of uality the

  6. says:

    My husband is uite a fan of John LeCarre and convinced me that I should read this one It is a small novel 146 pages compared to his later books of 300 or pages and a little mystery instead of a cold war spy novel Not being the greatest fan of a mystery novel I tend to read them too fast or peek at the ending because I can't stand the suspense or I'm up until the wee hours of the morning because I can't go to sleep until I find out

  7. says:

    Le Carré's second George Smiley novel is like the first a straightforward mystery without the spycraft elements that would later de

  8. says:

    Reading John Le Carre's writing is like treating yourself to a fine wine It is not to be sped through or swigged His word

  9. says:

    This is the second book by John le Carré featuring unlikely spy George Smiley To begin my mission to read all the Smiley bo

  10. says:

    This is the second novel featuring George Smiley; the first is Call for the Dead This is unlike most of the Smiley books in that it is really a classic crime story much in the style of an Agatha Christie Set in an exclusive boarding school Carne School in Dorset this is obviously something which the author feels strongly about considering that he spent much of his life from the age of five so young in such institutions as well as teaching