One day Miss Ailsa Brimley, editor of a small English newspaper, receives plea for help and advice from a subscriber which intimates that the letter writer's husband may be about to kill her. Brimley consults her former colleague and friend, the retired British secret service agent George Smiley, but by the time he agrees to look into it, the letter writer is dead -- brutally murdered. Smiley takes the train out to Carne, and its exclusive school for upper class boys where the victim's husband is a teacher, to look into the matter. In this, his second novel, published in 1962, Le Carre presents a more traditional British murder mystery along the lines of Elizabeth George, although it stars his longtime spy hero.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus