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  • Published: 15 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241330876
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $22.99

Call for the Dead

The Smiley Collection




As we publish all of le Carré's work in Penguin Modern Classics for the first time, a special look for the books featuring his iconic character, George Smiley.

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?

Le Carré's debut novel, Call for the Dead, introduced the tenacious and retiring George Smiley in a gripping tale of espionage and deceit.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241330876
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

John le Carre

John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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