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London Match [Hardcover]

Len Deighton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nov 1985

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…

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf; First edition edition (Nov 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394549376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394549378
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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‘Deighton is back in his original milieu, the bleak spy world of betrayers and betrayed’
Observer

‘A master of fictional espionage’
Daily Mail

‘The poet of the spy story’
Sunday Times

‘Once again Deighton has woven an intricate and satisfying plot, peopled it with convincing characters and even managed to give a new twist or two to the spy story. But then he is a master of the form’
Washington Post

--This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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.

--This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! 9 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not usually a fan of spy novels. I recently read the Game, Set & Match trilogy. I got through them all quickly, and thought they were all excellent, I think "London" probably the best. Deighton's writing is absorbing, and although some of the plot twists are a little unrealistic, I was able to overlook this, as the quality of the writing kept me interested. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London Match 12 Aug 2012
By Stig
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A gripping tale of cold war espionage. Self-doubting hero Bernhard Samson has to deal with office politics as well as the KGB.
If Deighton is your cup of tea this is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 27 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
I have read a lot of Len Deighton's book and enjoy the combination of an excellent spy thriller in what is n ow a historical conext. Thoroughly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By peter
Format:Paperback
Good copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars end of a trilogy 2 July 2014
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Doesn't being things to a close but ends this chapter nicely. Len Deighton, the great storyteller. Read them all though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third in a fine series 21 Jun 2014
By Marilyn
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It was a delight to read a well constructed novel which built on the previous two in the series to give a well rounded picture of the cold war in the 1980s. Len Deighton is a writer absolutely on top of his subject who can craft a tale, build a credible cast list and tie up every end with a professional flourish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the first two books 20 Jun 2014
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I had very much enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, but this one, having run along fairly well to begin with, seemed to lose its way a little. The pillow talk between our hero and his new young girlfriend seemed wholly out of character and the ending seemed a little chaotic and somehow out of kilter with the test of the tale.

It was still a good read though and I am looking forward to reading the next six.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cold war trilogy 13 Jun 2014
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A wonderful conclusion of the trilogy - Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match. Great characters, compelling plot - all excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reading material
An easy read for a rainy day. Thoroughly enjoy this author. Probably get more of his work to read soon.
Published 6 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Final in the first series of spy dramas. Not new but still a can't put down read that's worth revisiting
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Published 13 months ago by Graham J. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Deighton is always a good read
Match is the final book in the Game Set & Match trilogy, and certainly dosen't dissapoint. This is a new release and I'm enjoying reading the series over again
Published 14 months ago by G. waldron
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OKAY
Disappointing, more repetition and are the characters really believable? Bordering on the tedious as far as I'm concerned and disappointing as a result
Published 14 months ago by A. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected it to be good, and it really lives up to that expectation
Expected it to be good, and it really lives up to that expectation, but then, as somebody who has read the preceding novels in the series, I KNEW it would be good. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ginger Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good end to a trilogy
The first book in the trilogy, I bought by mistake (Berlin Game) and found it difficult to get into but once I was (into it) I couldn't put it down. Read more
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