Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/11/2011
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Call for the Dead
A Fascinating Introduction to Smiley
This was John le Carré’s first novel, written in penny notebooks on the way to and from his job at MI5, which meant that he was writing a spy story whilst ... READ MORE
Jane Mac


…Smiley, his damp hand cupped round the end of his cigarette, watching and hating, triumphed that he knew his enemy.

Dead men receive no calls. Dead men write no letters.

After 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?

Call for the Dead, John le Carre’s first novel, introduces one of literature’s greatest fictional spies, the tenacious, retiring, sharp-witted George Smiley.

'Intelligent, thrilling, surprising . . . makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard' The Sunday Telegraph

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141198286
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 123g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm

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Call for the Dead
Great introduction to the world of Smiley
Terrifically written, a nice, shorter story to ease one into the Smiley series.
Robert Littlewood
Call for the Dead
From Overrated Last Outing to Undervalued First
With the recent passing of Sean Connery, David Cornwell and George Blake, the shadowy world of espionage is again under the spotlight, making it an opportu... READ MORE
Lee Ruddin
Call for the Dead
Very enjoyable
Quite a short book and lots of action so real page turner. Not as involved as his later book plots but still kept you guessing and good background informa... READ MORE
Beryl Evans