Call For The Dead

Last week, Viking announced that this year—which happens to be the 60th anniversary of the publication of John le Carré’s first novel, Call for the Dead—they will publish the late writer’s twenty-sixth, and likely last, novel, Silverview.

Silverview will be released on October 12, 2021, during the week that would have been le Carré’s 90th birthday. It is reportedly the only complete novel that was still unpublished when the iconic author died last December.

The Viking describes the novel, which is set in contemporary Britain, as “a brilliantly conceived novel about the tension between personal and political loyalty. It interrogates the concept of moral goodness in the face of public duty.

Brian Tart, John le Carré’s publisher and editor at Viking Penguin, said, “Silverview is a brilliant novel and thrilling reminder of the genius of John le Carré. His inimitable voice is on every page, and I am so pleased that readers everywhere will be able to hear it once again.”

This life-long fan sees the publication as a gift from the master of espionage fiction. I’m looking forward to the read.

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