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Preposterous and boring,
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This review is from: Spy Sinker (Hook, Line & Sinker Series) (Paperback)
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.