A Murder of Quality

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Bantam Books, May 1, 1983 - Fiction - 176 pages
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George Smiley hunts the solution to the brutal murder of a harmless housewife in the seemingly peaceful setting of a prestigious British boys school, where a man's fate is decided over tea and a sentence of death can be passed out with biscuits and sherry.

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A short second novel. I believe this is the only 'mystery' that Le Carre has written. Solid cozy. The thing I enjoyed about this novel the most is the true beating Le Carre give class: he just destroys the upper class/university crowd. Brutal. Read full review

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User Review  - sleahey - LibraryThing

In this very skilfully read audiobook, Smiley takes on a murder set in a British prep school where snobbery runs rampant. In Agatha Christie fashion, there are lots of red herrings in a somewhat ... Read full review

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About the author (1983)

David John Moore Cornwell writes bestselling espionage thrillers under the pseudonym John le Carré. The pseudonym was necessary when he began writing, in the early 1960s because, at that time, he held a diplomatic position with the British Foreign Office and was not allowed to publish under his own name. Originally inspired to write intrigue because of a 1950s scandal that revealed several highly placed members of the British Foreign Office and Secret Service to be Soviet agents, or "moles," the plots of most of le Carré's books revolve around Cold War espionage. His own position with the Foreign Office, as well as his earlier service with the British Army Intelligence Corps, gave him an intimate knowledge of Britain's espionage bureaucracy and of Cold War politics. When his third book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became a worldwide bestseller in 1964, le Carré left the foreign service to write full time. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, which was also adapted to film, featured spymaster George Smiley, who was introduced in le Carré's first book, Call for the Dead (published in the U.S. as The Deadly Affair) and also appears in A Murder of Quality; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley's People. Le Carré has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (1986), and the Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association (1988). In addition to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, several of his other books have been adapted for television and motion pictures, including The Russia House, a 1990 film starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer, and 2005's The Constant Gardener. Le Carré was born in Poole, Dorsetshire, England in 1931. He attended Bern University in Switzerland from 1948-49 and later completed a B.A. at Lincoln College, Oxford. He taught at Eton from 1956-58 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. Married twice, he has four sons: Simon, Stephen, Timothy, and Nicholas. He has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, UK, for more than forty years.

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