by Carre, John Le | Fiction & related items
Published 06/05/2021 by Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 176 pages
A beautiful 60th anniversary special edition of the first George Smiley novel, now with a new introduction by John le CarreAfter a routine security check by George Smiley, civil servant Samuel Fennan apparently kills himself. When Smiley finds Circus head Maston is trying to blame him for the man’s death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan’s widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation. But on the very day that Smiley is ordered off the enquiry he receives an urgent letter from the dead man.
Do the East Germans – and their agents – know more about this man’s death than the Circus previously imagined? Le Carre’s debut novel, Call for the Dead, introduced the tenacious and retiring George Smiley in a gripping tale of espionage and deceit. ‘The greatest spy novelist of all time’ Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph