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‘A ferociously cool fable, even better than The Spy Who Came In From the Cold’
New York Times
‘Funeral in Berlin is splendid’
‘A most impressive book in which the tension, more like a chronic ache than a sharp stab of pain, never lets go.’
"Ferociously cool, even better than 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'."
NEW YORK TIMES
'Then Samantha said, "Personally I think you are a doll… But Vulkan is a genius. Vulkan has a mind like a diamond while you have a mind like glass."
"Commercial diamond versus hand-cut glass," I said. "So I am typecast as the loser?"
"It's a one-horse race," said Samantha with finality.
The greatest tribute you can pay to a secret agent is to take him for a moron. All he has to do it make sure he doesn't act too exactly like one. That was my concern now.'
"Our unidentified narrator isn't some establishment bloke called James Bond who knocks back poncey cocktails and smokes custom-made cigarettes. He's one of us."
Classic spy thriller in Deighton's inimitable style. Initially found it difficult to read without seeing Michael Caine in the main role, but as the story unravelled, the nuances of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pugwash
Good story with plenty of pace and characterisation as well as reviving that Cold War era atmosphere.Published 6 months ago by Michael
A classic Deighton; knowing, funny, deadly serious. Great atmosphere.Published 8 months ago by Peter Ceresole
Readable but somewhat overdone (references to Chess) and stylistically dated. His war-time books such as Goodbye Mickey Mouse are much better.Published 17 months ago by CB
Espionage is about relationships and how to develop trust and this now somewhat elderly story comes out with top marks. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by Mike Alexander
Became lost having read about 50 % of the book so I am hoping to get on track soon and be rewarded with a good read.Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by Clive Pegler
I had just finished a couple of Gerald Seymour books and have now finished all of his books. I was a bit browned off at that and so I thought another espionage story would fit... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by ELLEN DAWSON
Enjoyable. Different. Interesting for me. I was around in the 50s and sixties. It is strange to read of some products being considered as something of a luxury when they are... Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Blyth