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Call for the Dead is John le Carré's first novel, published in 1961. It introduces George Smiley, the most famous of le Carré's recurring characters, in a story about East German spies inside Great Britain. It also introduces a fictional version of British Intelligence, called the Circus because of its location in Cambridge Circus, that is apparently based on MI6 and that recurs throughout le Carré's spy novels. Call for the Dead was filmed as The Deadly Affair, released in 1966. 21 cm. Premier spy novelist John le Carre's first novel introduces the world's most famous undercover operative, George Smiley, who, though bitter and weary with all he has seen and done, cannot refuse one last desperate call for his services. A novel. A murder of quality. Listen free to John Le Carré Call for the Dead Untitled, Untitled and more. 4 tracks . When the target of a routine security check is found dead, an apparently suicide, Smiley looks like he is being set up by his boss to take the fall. Written in the early 1960s, when le Carré was just 30, 'Call for the Dead' not surprisingly lacks the maturity and sophistication of his later stories. However, it's still a hugely enjoyable read which not only introduces the reader to Smiley, but also features characters such as Guillam, Mendel and Smiley's wife Ann, all of whom appear in le Carré's later works. Call for the Dead' is an enjoyable foretaste of the brilliant stories which follow it. Read more. John le Carré classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him - and his hero, British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, who is introduced in this, his first novel - unprecedented worldwide acclaim. Call for the Dead is John le Carrés' first novel, published in 1961. It introduces George Smiley, the most famous of le Carrés' recurring characters, in a story about East German spies inside Great Britain. John le Carrés new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available from Viking. Go back to Whitehall and look for more spies on your drawing boards. George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy-which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carré's chillingly amoral universe. Barnes & Noble. Smiley sat down, exhausted and overwhelmed by a need to recap in case some readers still hadn't quite gathered what was going on'. Item description. Authors: John le Carré. Title: Call for the Dead. Binding: Paperback. Condition: New. About this item. Postage, Returns & Payments. Best-selling in Fiction. George Smiley had liked Samuel Fennan, and now Fennan was dead from an apparent suicide. But why Fennan, a Foreign Office man, had been under John Moore Cornwell Date of birth: 19 October 1931, better known by his pen name John le Carré ləˈkæreɪ is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service MI6. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 1963, became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. His books include