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Bernard Samson again
on 28 February 2011
The second of the Game, Set and Match trilogy which introduced Deighton's substitute for the unsubstitutable Harry Palmer, Bernard Sampson. Most of the narrative takes place in Berlin rather than Mexico but nevertheless the novel finally gives the lie to the idea that spy fiction couldn't outlive the collapse of communism, the end of the cold war and the Berlin wall.
Most of the characters first appeared in Berlin Game, the first of the trilogy which really should be read first, and as in all good fiction they appear to live and breathe in the room with us. Intelligent hokum of the first order. Highly recommended.