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on 8 June 2012
Written in 1975, Deighton went back (after a break, for some less memorable 70s thrillers) to his classic Cold War spy story mould - hence the name. Spy Story brings back his anonymous Cold War (anti) hero, Dawlish (his old boss) and Russian Colonel Stok (his enemy). But he is now semi-retired, at the War Studies Centre, which war games Soviet/NATO confrontation in the Atlantic and Arctic Circle. So we head straight into nuclear submarines, infighting in the intelligence establishment, and playing games with the Soviets. There is plenty of fun with mixed identities and trips under the ice, with details on everything from life on a nuclear submarine to 70s restaurants ans dinner parties.
For me, this was a return to the great form of Deighton's early spy books (Billion Dollar Brain, IPCRESS File - played on film by Michael Caine) - a cynical hero, snappy lines, twists and turns - and a continual sense of not quite knowing who the enemy - or your friend - really is.
So it's witty, clever and fun, with plenty of action. Perhaps not quite as groundbreaking as his early classics. But if you like them, get this.