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Len Deighton
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30 Sep 2010 Hook, Line & Sinker Series

The long-awaited reissue of the final part of the classic spy trilogy, HOOK, LINE and SINKER, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.

Bernard Samson is surrounded by puzzles and none more complex than Fiona, his wife and the mother of his children. But as a mystery, she is by no means alone. Can a man love two women at the same time? Can a man serve two masters?

Tessa Kosinski, Bernard's socialite sister-in-law, is not the 'other woman'. She is as faithful to Bernard and Fiona as she is unfaithful to her doting husband. But she is vulnerable, and slowly she is drawn from the bright lights of London to the murkiest and bizarre corners of Berlin.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586068996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586068991
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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‘All done with the chilling competence we expect from Mr Deighton… No padding, no slowing of pace, and writing is crisp and brutal’
Daily Telegraph

‘Dazzling ingenuity and cleverness’
Independent

‘A remarkable feat’
Sunday Express

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A change of heart by Len? 24 Aug 2012
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When I read Spysinker I could not help comparing the Fiona in Spysinker to the Fiona in G,S,& Match,They seem to be two totaly different women.When she transforms from Bernard's ever loving to the arrogant KGB colonel her scornful attitude seem's far too real for just her cover as a double agent, it seems genuine,At the KGB headquarters she taunts Bernard with her new found authority over him and ridcules him about no longer having a wife,no children,no home,not knowing at the time she she failed to grab her kids when she defected,Also in London Match when she is arguing with Bernard over custody of the children,She pleads with him to let her have the only children she will ever have where Bernard could always re-marry and have more children,Fiona's desire to have her children with her seem's all to real, This is the talk of a woman turning her back on her old life, No double agent would bring her kids to the very country she is spying on,if Fiona was ever caught as a British spy the retribution could fall on the kids as well as Fiona if the communists are as vindictive as Bernard says they are so Fiona's defection must be genuine,Everything about Fiona to Bernard is farewell and goodbye forever,Is this the same Fiona that told Brett Rensselar in Spysinker she would only do two years as a spy then come home?. Read more ›
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When I first discovered the context and timing of Deighton's 'Sinker' I was, to say the least, puzzled. Although technically the third book in the Hook, Line, Sinker trilogy, its beginnings are a decade before the first two books. However, while the book could stand alone on its own merits, its place in the trilogy makes it into so much more. Though those who have read the first two books of the trilogy will know much of the way the story will twist and turn, there are still many surprises and revelations of the kind of which Deighton is the master. 'Sinker', written from a different perspective to the other Bernard Samson novels, answers many of the questions posed throughout the saga which could not have been revealed otherwise. Indeed, many of the revelations answer questions which the reader would hardly have noticed when reading the earlier novels. Those who have also read 'Winter' will gain all the more from the privilege - as is the case any of the Samson novels. Friends and foes alike return to enthrall the reader, and much more is learnt of all - the detached Anglophile Bret Rensellaer, warm yet dark Uncle Silas, the ever resouceful and loyal Werner Wolkmann, the doddering D-G, Stinnes the KGB Major and Fiona Samson, never short of a surprise. All in all the book is of class which few but Deighton can acheive, and draws you into a very personal level. A book I would recommend without hesitation to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless experiment 9 Jun 2011
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I have just finished GSM, Winter and HLS in that order, and found them all to be excellently written except this last. The point of this book seems to be to clear up what was really happening behind the scenes, when a large part of the mystique of the Samson novels was the uncertainty as seen from Bernard's perspective surrounding events as they unfolded. This book drags all the boring cardboard characters centre stage and forces us to listen to their mundane inner thoughts and feelings. All for the purpose of explaining things that are better left to the reader's imagination.

I could imagine this book being a petty attempt to cash in on the success of the other books were it not the third in a trilogy, and therefore planned from the start. This is a failed pointless experiment in creative writing. It should not have been attempted, and it detracts from the other excellent books in the series.

Feeling charitable, I just hope FHC restores my faith in this series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Preposterous and boring 29 April 2008
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HOOK and LINE are both good spy thrillers in their own right, even if their overarching effect is to ruin the story that GAME SET and MATCH told so well by revealing that...well, read them and see. SPY SINKER is a different animal altogether. Deighton drops the first-person Bernard Samson point of view to retell the entire story from Berlin Game onwards from an omniscient angle. It is, therefore, a) dull, because we know everything which is going to happen anyway, only it was actually exciting the first time, and b) a redundant exercise in tying up loose ends and trying to explain away some of the more far-fetched consequences of HOOK and LINE (one character we thought was speaking in an earlier book, it is revealed, was actually impersonated by someone else (who we never met) who was good at mimicking voices. Right.) What is more, without the plot to keep you distracted, and with the best characters such as Bernard Samson and Dicky Cruyer written into the background, it is only in Spy Sinker that you notice what a rotten writer of prose Deighton is, and most of the funniest lines come when he thinks his way into Fiona's head: "he made her feel deeply feminine in a way she had never experienced before" (p122). Of course the real joke on the whole intelligence community was that when the Wall came down, noone, not even the CIA or SIS actually expected it. This would have been a sweet irony to end the series on, but Deighton tries to use his new vantage point of hindsight to make it look as if British Intelligence planned it all along. Nice try. That could be the perfect metaphor for Spy Sinker: a poor attempt to rewrite history that fails to convince.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Especially loved seeing the Spy Line fanale from another point of ...
Massive fan of all the Samson novels, & Bernard in particular. This new perspective gave facinating new insights into all the characters, with real depth. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kerri Ramsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Gerard Beeby
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to be harsh on Len Deighton - but this ...
Sorry to be harsh on Len Deighton - but this book is out of sequence - it goes back over the previous 5 books giving a different point of view and supplying missing detail - it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian D. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very pleased all round
This book was as advertised and arrived well within the time scale. It had suffecient packaging to protect it. I am very pleased all round.
Published 2 months ago by P M Stansbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow on to the Game
A great follow on to the Game, Set & Match trilogy - a realistic and gripping spy story. The characters are believable and down to earth and the story is set in the midst of major... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine end to the series
Hook, Line and Sinker is an immersive set of spy thrillers. Although the story could easily have been told in a single book, I relished the extra detail and complexity as the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Danimal
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story but the series should have been one book..
Written in Len Deighton's usual flowing easy style the trilogy of books are an excellent read and I would recomend them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Catherine Francis
3.0 out of 5 stars part of a series
It is vital to read the whole oevre it its correct order and then go back and read Hook and Line in the light of the revelations of Sinker. A great way of wasting a whole weekend!
Published 6 months ago by M. Erskine
5.0 out of 5 stars Spy Sinker
The sixth book out of 9 about the SIS and Bernard Samson. This one is based on his wife's (Fiona) perspective so a very interesting replay of some of the events to date. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PAM WERNICK
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Read the whole series several years ago. My husband is now reading it again as he enjoyed it so much
Published 11 months ago by Ros Blythe
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