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This review is from: City of Gold (Paperback)
Deighton has no bigger fan than me for his Sampson series and a few other novels, which I have recommended everywhere, and rather prefer to Le Carré's. But this is poor poor poor, a novel he seems to have 'phoned in.
The plot is weak, the action minimal, but above all the characterisation is all over the place. We are offered a hero who says little, does less, and can confide in no one; and two largely indistinguishable heroines who clearly fascinate Deighton and occupy far too much of the space, without advancing the action much at all. The baddies are transparently bad, cartoon characters really. Deighton can write very well, especially dialogue, and some of that is here to be enjoyed. But dear me, what a careless, lazy rambling piece of work this is.