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A brill read, again and again and again .....
on 19 October 2005
There's only one thing better than a really good book - and that is when it's part of a series. Bernie Samson, his family, friends, colleagues and enemies appear in 10, page-turning novels. There is so much I enjoy in these novels, that every 3-4 years or so I re-read them and enjoy them all over again.
There's the complex plot, that leads you up and down the proverbial garden path. That's one reason to read again, to pick up any clues missed the first time.
The characters are believeable, particularly Bernie's colleagues, embroiled in office politics. I think it's the interaction of the characters that makes the book so absorbing for me.
Initially its a good escapism read, but then Deighton subtly offers a storyline that could be based on true events, and valid explanations as to why his characters might have acted as they did.
A tale of contrasts, from life threatening situations, to the minutae of daily life; from being light hearted and witty, to very thought provoking; a very satisfying read.