• A Murder of Quality

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,210 ratings)

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A Murder of Quality

By: John le Carré
Narrated by: Michael Jayston
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Publisher's summary

John le Carré's second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley. 

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life - as in espionage - nothing is quite what it appears.

©2012 John le Carre (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Vastly entertaining." (Sunday Telegraph)

"[Le Carré] is one of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land." (Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times