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A Murder of Quality by John le Carré
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Aug 23, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: borrowed, elementary-school
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: browsing on dad's bookshelf
Recommended for: people who like Le Carré
Read in April, 1998

From the Grade 6 reading log files (yes, I read this in Grade 6. Doesn't everybody read spy fiction at that age?):

"The author is trying to tell everyone the truth about the spy world. The truth is not like James Bond-style, but it is very low-class and dangerous. The enemy might be staying at the same HOTEL as you, so trust nobody. He describes everything in perfect detail, so it feels like you're actually there, watching it all happen. His language is also very realistic too. Like Shane Hecht wouldn't be the same if she didn't say "so" all the time (Example: "Isn't it *so* sad about Stella? It's *so* heartbreaking for her husband. But funerals are *so* drab and weepy, don't you think?"). One of the main characters, George Smiley (don't laugh!), is someone so almost-boring that it's a surprise he's a spy. He is very quiet and respectable, so that's OK. The problem is that Stella Rode gets murdered, and Smiley has to investigate. He must quickly track down the killer, following all leads and employing the help of all. But the murderer may be one of them..."

My teacher appended the comment "I like Le Carré too [Bunxena:]."
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