Call for the Dead – John le Carre
An anonymous letter had accused Foreign Office man Samuel Fennan of being a communist. George Smiley, assigned by the Secret Service to vet Fennan, had assured him he had nothing to fear. No one believed this nonsense. But clearly something had rattled Fennan, for a day after the interview he killed himself.
Smiley is told by his angry superiors to fix this mess. The last thing anyone wants right now is a scandal. It is immediately obvious to Smiley, however, that the suicide story doesn’t make sense.
Piece by piece he uncovers a conspiracy – one originating in East Germany and led by a wartime ally of Smiley. To expose it, he must turn a former friend into a deadly enemy …