Long-awaited reissue of the final part of the classic spy trilogy GAME, SET and MATCH when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. The spy who's in the clear doesn't exist...
Bernard Samson hoped they'd put Elvira Miller behind bars. She said she had been stupid, but it didn't cut any ice with Bernard. She was a KGB-trained agent and stupidity was no excuse. There was one troubling thing about Mrs Miller's confession - something about two codewords where there should have been one. The finger of suspicion pointed straight back to London. And that was where defector Erich Stinnes was locked up, refusing to say anything. Bernard had got him to London; now he had to get him to talk...
©2014 Len Deighton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Deighton is back in his original milieu, the bleak spy world of betrayers and betrayed" (The Observer)
"A master of fictional espionage" (Daily Mail)
"The poet of the spy story" (The Sunday Times
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"An uncanny ability to get inside the mind of the intelligence community"
An exceptional novel, beautifully read by James Lailey. Len Deighton has a great understanding of human nature and motivation and has a remarkable gift for creating totally fascinating and thoroughly absorbing storylines. It's high time that the 20th century espionage novel, especially when written by the likes of Len Deighton, John le Carre and Edward Wilson, was accepted as a respected genre within the world of serious literary fiction.
"The master of the spy story"
My comments on Berlin Game apply to the whole series. If you like spy stories you will not be disappointed.
"Super Cold War spy drama"
This is the third book in the series (Game, Set, Match) and although it can be read without the earlier books I do recommend that they are read in the correct order to get the best from them.
I read these in the 80's and was a little doubtful about revisiting - the Berlin Wall is down and the Cold War run it course but they have stood the test of time.
Great characters, interesting story well crafted for a perfect narration. There is very limited repetition of information through the books and characters and story are developed with fresh material strengthening the characters with each book.
Some people die, some have affairs or fall in love but it does not rely on gratuitous sex or violence to sell books. Neither does the writing have an eye on the film rights - what a refreshing change!
Think La Carre, think quality, think Deighton.
Next series - Hook, Line, Sinker - already preparing to listen.
"Three down, six to go!"
It is with a heavy heart that I review this book. London Match is , essentially, part three in the Bernard Samson series, written by the great Len Deighton. I have loved every minute of this book, and the two preceeding it, Berlin Game and Mexico Set. I intend to read/listen to all nine in the series. I really didn't want this to end, as I know I'm already a third of the way through the series.
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