The murdered man had been an agent – once, long ago. But George Smiley’s superiors at the Secret Service want to see the crime buried, not solved. Smiley will not leave it at that, not when it might lead him all the way to Karla, the elusive Soviet spymaster – ‘Smiley’s People’ is a thrilling confrontation between one of the most famous spies in all fiction and his Cold War rival, Karla.
In this story of one man’s lunch hour, the author of ‘Room Temperature’ and ‘Vox’ addresses the big questions of corporate life – such as why does one shoe-lace always wear out before the other, and whatever happened to the paper drinking-straw?
The Cold War is over and retired secret servant Tim Cranmer has been put out to pasture, spending his days making wine on his Somerset estate. But then he discovers that his former double agent Larry – dreamer, dissolute, philanderer and disloyal friend – has vanished, along with Tim’s mistress. As their trail takes him to the lawless wilds of Russia and the North Caucasus, he is forced to question everything he stood for.
Roald Dahl was a master of macabre comedy, as well as being one of the greatest children’s writers of the 20th century. This collection brings together all of his short stories, published in chronological order.