A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, January 5, 2015
1/5/195? George Smiley arrives
January 5, 195?. On this date George Smiley entered the world as John LeCarre's first novel, Call For The Dead, begins. Smiley was the brilliant operative for a British spy organization called the Circus. He is a great character, a dedicated man who never seems to fit in anywhere completely; the first sentence tells us his wife has left him, but their off-on relationship distracts him through many books. In almost every novel he either quits the Circus, or gets dragged back into it. Smiley appears as a minor or major character in eight novels, most famously The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.