A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
8/4/197? Smiley's People begins
August 4, 197?. At precisely noon on this date a Russian emigrant woman in Paris was accosted by a mysterious stranger who claimed to have news about her daughter, left behind in the Soviet Union many years before. The chain of events that followed forced George Smiley out of retirement, and led to the death of an ex-general who claimed to have "three proofs against the sandman." Don't you love le Carre's way with a code phrase? Smiley's People was the climax of the Quest For Karla trilogy.