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Murder of Quality
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Murder of Quality (1962)

Séries: George Smiley (2)

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George Smiley was simply doing a favor for Miss Ailsa Brimley, an old friend and editor of a small newspaper. Miss Brimley had received a letter from a worried reader: "I'm not mad. And I know my husband is trying to kill me." But the letter had arrived too late: its scribe, the wife of an assistant master at the distinguished Carne School, was already dead. So George Smiley went to Carne to listen, ask questions, and think. And to uncover, layer by layer, the complex network of skeletons and hatreds that comprised that little English institution.… (mais)
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A Murder of Quality por John le Carré (1962)

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Smiley solves murder in exclusive boy's school
  ritaer | Mar 23, 2021 |
Niets mis met dit boekje hoor, maar - hoewel mijn vriend George Smiley de hoofdrol speelt - het is een gewone standaard detective die zich afspeelt in een Britse upper class privéschool. Goed gedaan, hoor, maar wij willen spionnen en mistige steegjes in Berlijn, het geluid van voetstappen op gure avonden, politieke intriges achter de schermen, ietwat oudere mannen verscholen achter kranten en opstaande kragen, overal opstaande kragen. ( )
  GertDeBie | Mar 22, 2021 |
A 3.5 rounded up to a 4. Another solid George Smiley novel by le Carre, albeit without his usual Circus compatriots (or as usual as it would be for someone used to Karla!verse Smiley, who usually had Peter Guillam to partner up with). A good murder mystery / thriller story that was also an amazingly quick read. I happily own the Smiley book which follows this one - I'm sure I'll be reading it before too long. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Smiley on the Case
Review of the Penguin Crime paperback edition (1970) of the Gollancz hardcover original (1962)

The recent passing of novelist John le Carré (penname of David Cornwell) (October 19, 1931 – December 12, 2020) brought back memories of my reading his Cold War novels in the 1970s. Those were probably the first books of somewhat 'serious' writing that I had ever read, after developing a early love of reading with detective and science fiction novels in my teenage years. I saved all of those paperbacks as well, so it seemed like a good time for some retrospective re-reads.

A Murder of Quality was Carré's 2nd novel and, as with his 1st, Call for the Dead, featured his regular George Smiley character who is periodically called out of retirement to investigate criminal or espionage cases. Smiley is a self-effacing character who is far removed from the usual glamorous world of fictional spies, as he:Looks like a frog, dresses like a bookie, and has a brain I’d give my eyes for. Had a very nasty war. Very nasty indeed.
The espionage tie-in for A Murder of Quality is indirect, as Smiley is asked to assist by a colleague from his WWII undercover years. Ailsa Brimley has received a disturbing note from a subscriber c/o her advice column at a newspaper she writes and edits. As he investigates, Smiley uncovers a world of deception, blackmail and murder behind the scenes at a staid Public School.
Miss Brimley, watching him, wished she knew a little more about George Smiley, how much of the diffidence was assumed, how vulnerable he was.
'The best,' Adrian had said. 'The strongest and the best.'
But so many men learnt strength during the war, learnt terrible things, and put aside their knowledge with a shudder when it ended.

Carré's first two novels were more murder investigations than espionage plots, but they serve as excellent introductions to the George Smiley character.

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A Murder of Quality was filmed as a television movie in 1991, directed by Gavin Millar with a screenplay written by John le Carré. Denholm Elliott played the George Smiley role. The cast of mostly veteran actors included a young Christian Bale in the role of Perkins. ( )
  alanteder | Dec 27, 2020 |

'A Murder Of Quality' is a book fuelled by hatred and compassion. Hatred for minor public schools in post-war England and compassion for the people who staffed and attended them.

Le Carré vivisects the vanity, cruelty, mediocrity and relentless conformity of an English boarding school with an insight that only someone who has suffered through such a place can bring. He shows that the school is more concerned with instilling loyalty to one's class and a belief in one's superiority and entitlement than it is with either educating or caring for the boys who attend it. He captures the claustrophobia and myopia of living in an enclosed institution that turns staff and boys into inmates bound together by their shared incarceration.

Le Carré's compassion for the masters and the boys is what prevents this book from becoming a polemic. Le Carré shows Masters who understand the hollowness of the life they lead, who know that the war left their school short on teaching talent and out of step with the mood of the times, and who, knowing this cling to the status afforded them by tradition and class. The boys he shows as abandoned by their parents, brutalised by their school, burdened with expectation and starving for any form of kindness.

'At its heart 'A Murder Of Quality' is a good murder mystery., with a complex plot, an intriguing setting and a memorable main character.

George Smiley, a quiet, unobtrusive man with no positional authority, makes the perfect amateur sleuth to investigate a death at the school. He comes from the same class and educational background as the Masters but does not share their world view. He has connections to the local gentry but has no affection for them. He is armed with personal introductions to the local police and has access to the players that they can never achieve. Smiley sees the world clearly. So clearly that he has no expectations of anyone other than that they will behave like the flawed people that we all are.

Smiley is capable of both insight and empathy but he remains emotionally distant. He pursues the truth with a quiet, calm relentlessness. He doesn't get caught up in the joy of the chase. He's not playing a game. Rather, he's resigned to uncovering the veniality and weakness and anger and shame that leads someone to murder and the unpleasant necessity of holding them to account.

The puzzle Smiley has to solve is not straight forward and its resolution contained a number of surprises which made me reassess everything I thought I knew but didn't leave me feeling cheated.

The novel is only 177 pages long yet it is filled with clearly drawn believable, memorable characters whose presence transforms what could have been a puzzle-solving exercise into a set of personal tragedies.

Published in 1961, 'A Murder Of Quality' was Le Carré's second novel. His third novel, 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold', another George Smiley book, established Le Carré as a leading writer of spy fiction. It seems to me that, based on reading this novel, that if spy fiction hadn't worked out for him, he could have gone on to become a master of crime fiction.
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George Smiley was simply doing a favor for Miss Ailsa Brimley, an old friend and editor of a small newspaper. Miss Brimley had received a letter from a worried reader: "I'm not mad. And I know my husband is trying to kill me." But the letter had arrived too late: its scribe, the wife of an assistant master at the distinguished Carne School, was already dead. So George Smiley went to Carne to listen, ask questions, and think. And to uncover, layer by layer, the complex network of skeletons and hatreds that comprised that little English institution.

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