London Match (Samson) Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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‘Deighton is back in his original milieu, the bleak spy world of betrayers and betrayed’
‘A master of fictional espionage’
‘The poet of the spy story’
‘Once again Deighton has woven an intricate and satisfying plot, peopled it with convincing characters and even managed to give a new twist or two to the spy story. But then he is a master of the form’
About the Author
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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As with the previous two books in the trilogy set during the Cold War of the 1980s, what keeps the plot going is not a long sequence of new events and shocks, but rather extra pieces of information which make Samson (and the reader) go back and doubt what they thought about previous events. It's a constant niggling away at the same key questions, again and again - and a technique that adds a nice touch of doubt and paranoia as the frequency with which 'settled' questions of who is genuine and who is lying are reopened means you can never quite be sure what the truth is.
London Match rounds off the Game / Set / Match trilogy with all the main plot ends (apparently) resolved. Part of the genius of the sequel trilogy - Hook / Line / Sinker - is the way it manages subsequently to go back over some of the key issues from this first trilogy, reopening them and leaving characters (and the reader) regularly doubting where the truth lies. To set up future books so well whilst still giving readers who stop at this point a satisfying conclusion is rarely done, and Deighton deserves praise for his skill in being an exception.
If you’re looking for a printed version of the book, I rather prefer the 1980s paperback versions with their fruit-based covers for the Game / Set / Match trilogy to the cover artwork of the 21st century reissues. If you like audio books, then once again James Lailey does a cracking job which makes the audio version really enjoyable.
It was still a good read though and I am looking forward to reading the next six.
Technology, politics, and Geography have all moved on a pace since the Cold War era the storyline portrays, but it doesn't adversely affect what a good read it is. Will be buying the complete triple trilogy, I fancy......
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THE WHOLE TRILOGY IS VERY ABSORBING. WILL NOW GO ON TO READ THE OTHER 2 TRILOGIES AGAIN. I AM HOOKED, LINE AND SINKER.Published 8 months ago by JOHN M
... the next trilogy more than enough ambiguity. Mr D manages to depict the undercurrents and ambiguities as prominently as bold action, by allowing the reader's dialogue with the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Neil Howarth
I've read this book many times over the last 20+years, along with Deightons others. It's so easy to identify with Samson and almost be there wi him. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. R. Morgan