Le Carré’s very first novel, Call for the Dead introduces his most famous character, George Smiley. After a harmonious meeting with Smiley to review his security clearance, Samuel Fennan goes home, writes a letter complaining of harrassment, and commits suicide. But little things don’t add up and Smiley starts investigating, only to be nearly murdered himself.
A strong debut, and amazingly short at 160 pages. Call provides some background about Smiley’s very bad war, undercover in Nazi territories, and his rocky marriage.