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Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy

Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy [Kindle Edition]

Len Deighton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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‘The master at his peak’
Daily Telegraph

‘Classic, world-ranging, marvellously knowledgeable … in a word, quality’
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‘The action is riveting, the dialogue crackles with sardonic wit’
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‘Even the most jaded palate will be ravished’
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A Soviet space scientist defects to win academic freedom, but western intelligence has other plans for him, and sends an unnamed spy - perhaps the same reluctant hero of The Ipcress File - to look after him. But what follows is a blood-streaked trail across three continents…

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Spy reveals a more mature Deighton exploring relationships between couples: professional rivals and private allies, spy and counter-spy, master and slave. some are drawn together mutual comfort, others for exploitation. With an uncanny feeling for landscape, he begins his story in the awesome emptiness and remorseless heat of the Sahara desert. From there a trail of blood leads to Manhattan, Paris, Dublin and halfway back across Africa.

In a narrative as compelling as it is tantalizing, Deighton surpasses all his previous triumphs and holds the reader spellbound to the very last page.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KWAL4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,365 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Turn 4 Jun 2012
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: The last of Deighton's unnamed protagonist spy novels sees a Russian scientist defect, largely to better his chances of extra-terrestrial communication. Out of this world (in more senses than one) this book's sheer unlikeliness is ultimately what sells it. Entitled Catch a Fallling Spy in USA, it's more Billion Dollar Brain, say, than The Ipcress File.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect spy thriller 10 Aug 2012
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Written and set in the 70s, Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy starts with the unnamed British hero, and Major Mann, his gung ho American counterpart, trying to secure the defection of a Soviet scientist, who they hope will lead them to someone leaking NATO satellite secrets. It has all the ingredients for a classic spy book: the Cold War, defections and doublecrosses, a beautiful red headed backgammon player, snappy dialogue, an enigmatic hero, assassination attempts and car chases, and a dramatic ending.

For Deighton fans, it comes after the 60s classics (Ipcress File, Billion Dollar Brain etc) but is a return to their style - the anonymous hero, lots of moving around the world (Algeria, Ireland, New York and Miami all feature), plenty of dialogue and action, and Deighton's eye for detail and characters - his new foreword says that he learnt about desert driving while following the Sahara Rally. It has a bit more 70s glamour and less Cold War atmosphere than his early classics. But it is one of my favourites.

I would recommend it to pretty much anyone wanting a good thriller, existing Deighton fan or not. It's easily gripping enough to finish in an afternoon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned spy novel 17 Dec 2013
By Bridgey
Also released as 'To Catch a Falling Spy' this is my first book by the author. Set during the cold war we are introduced to the world of American and Soviet double agents, no one can be trusted and no situation is as it seems. We follow an unnamed British agent and Major Man as they pick up a defected soviet Russian scientist from the desert but can they keep the promises made and has he been entirely truthful?

A thriller with plenty of action and numerous subplots using well developed characters, the kind of book where you have to follow the storyline carefully to fully understand what is going on. Recommended for fans Of jack Higgins or Ian Fleming, it has dated a little over the years but still stands the test of time. Will look out for more Deighton books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are a lot to go!! 22 Aug 2013
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Another book which in todays gadget mad world was written of it's time but is now a good read as both history and an excellent spy stotry. Having just come back to Deighton after a long time away I have a lot to go at and feel comfortable that I have a good chioce for the future.
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