London: Victor Gallancz, 1961. First Edition. Octavo. Original red boards, titles to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket. A fine copy in the crisp and fresh jacket, head of spine just slightly nicked. An exceptionally well-preserved example. Housed in a custom brown folding case.
Introducing one of the best known fictional British spies, Call for the Dead launched Le Carré’s literary career and the entire George Smiley series. While Smiley developed the fame of Fleming’s Bond, he offered readers something of a contrast, given that he is described as a “breathtakingly ordinary” man who is “short, fat, and of a quiet disposition.” This everyman approach to espionage compelled readers to follow Smiley on his adventures, which take place after World War II and as the globe moves into Cold War. In this novel, he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a civil servant in London; and the exciting climax that occurs on Battersea Bridge continues to thrill readers today. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #2209)