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An Expensive Place to Die [Kindle Edition]

Len Deighton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An unnamed spy - perhaps the same reluctant hero of The Ipcress File - is sent to Paris to deliver a file of nuclear secrets to a French doctor, but soon finds himself sucked into a twilight world of sex, blackmail and hidden motive, where friend and enemy become indistinguishable.

A ‘clinic’ on Paris’s Avenue Foch designed to cater lavishly for multiple perversions, staffed by a group of sexually and intellectually high-powered girls and equipped with devices ranging from an Iron Maiden to psychedelic truth-drugs – that’s the set-up operated by the enigmatic Monsieur Datt.

Naturally, it has a hidden purpose: to compile dossiers of tape and film on influential political clients from East and West. Into this twilight world of decadence and hidden motives come the agents of four world powers.

Are they after Datt’s pornographic blackmail dossiers? Or is their purpose altogether more deadly than a trip to the blue movies…?

This new reissue includes a foreword from the cover designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a brand new introduction by Len Deighton, which offers a fascinating insight into the writing of the story.



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‘His most intriguing yet’
Daily Express

‘A first-rate storyteller who rarely if ever strikes a false note’
Daily Mail

‘Take this excellent thriller at a single gulp’
Sunday Times

‘The poet of the spy story’
Sunday Times

‘For sheer readability he has no peer’
The Standard

About the Author

Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KWAINQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death in Paris 4 Jun. 2012
Format:Paperback
Deighton remains chiefly known for his first 4 books (The Ipcress File through to Billion Dollar Brain) featuring the grammar school educated WOOC(P) agent, named Harry Palmer in the Michael Caine films. Less well known are his next four spy novels: An Expensive Place To Die (1967), Spy Story (1972), Yesterday's Spy (1975) & Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy (1976).

Probably overshadowed by the 1980s Bernard Samson novels and some excellent World War 2 fiction and non-fiction, they seem chiefly unmemorable because of the mystery of the unnamed protagonist. While some argue they feature the 'Harry Palmer" character of the first 4 books, others contend they are 4 completely different people! Even the new covers teasingly suggest they could be all the same, but it's ultimately up to you.

Although originally touted as an alternative to 007, Deighton's novels had drifted increasingly into supervillain tackling globetrottery. Nothing wrong with that, but you sense that the WOOC(P) team had become a little too cosy for Deighton's liking and he wanted to return to the murky uncertain world he'd depicted early on. It's an exciting and refreshing move.

Story: (No spoilers!) The plot concerns a high class Paris brothel that runs a valuable, but very risky, sideline in gathering highly classified intelligence. It's clientele includes spies and politicians from either side of the Berlin Wall. When some agencies start to realise, it becomes both a prize and a target.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun snappy thriller - but not Deighton's best 6 Oct. 2012
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"An expensive place to die" has all the elements of a classic Deighton thriller: a British anonymous hero (who may or may not be Harry Palmer, played by Michael Caine in films like Funeral in Berlin"); a cast of fun characters (a psychiatrist running a brothel, a Frencch secret service agent modelled on someone Deighton knew, a flaky playboy); lots of snappy dialogue; and a brief case full of nuclear secrets. As in many Deighton books, much of the fun is trying to work out who is on whose side, with plenty of twists and doublecrossing.

The title comes from Oscar Wilde's quote "dying in Paris is a terribly expensive business for a foreigner". As Deighton says in his new introduction (a big bonus in these new Kindle editions), Paris itself became one of the film's main characters - there is lots of 60s atmosphere, from art parties to local cafes.

I loved the style and liked the characters - but the central plot, revolving around a high class brothel where spies and diplomats compromise themselves, seemed a bit Hollywood to me (perhaps I move in the wrong circles). So I would recommend other Len Deightons - Horse Under Water, Funeral in Berlin etc. But if you like them, Expensive Place will give you a fun read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 30 Aug. 2012
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This was one Len Deighton book I hadn't read so I was looking forward to it and bought the Kindle edition. It is well written but I kept asking myself what it was all about and I also found it difficult to get a mental picture of the characters. I persisted for a while and actually re-read a couple of the chapters but I'm slightly ashamed to say that I eventually gave up before I got half way through. Too easy to go to sleep over.
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Another of len Deighton's first person spy stories. Not as good as Funeral in Berlin but non the less an enjoyable outing from a very very good author. This one is set mainly in Paris and gets the atmosphere of the late 1960's. The one downside is that it does peter out rather at the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spy or not? 19 Aug. 2012
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This was disappointing, I have read almost all Len Deighton's novels but for some reason not this one, it was not up to his usual high standard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic! 29 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Re- reading after 20 years, and still as good as ever! Even better as I've since spent time in Paris, which brings more reality.
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