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But I’ll be damned if I’m supposed to buy a book just to buy another! I know that sounds dpy someone walked into his office with a case, xpy he’s a PI, but in reality Bernard is a spook, of sorts, and he’s just curious as to what happened to the money, especially because it may involve his wife, and it certainly seems t Another very good Bernard Samson book.

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And the story ends on an excellent cliffhanger, leaving the reader satisfied but also looking forward to the next installment of the trilogy. Good move on my friends part, as she will now get to read the others, I just ordered! Posted by Simon on September 13, https: Then things liven up. Bernard is a British Secret agent, who’s wife also was a British Agent, and who has now defected to East Germany during the cold war, leaving Bernard behind with their children.

However, the Department is not keen on people asking too many questions, especially people with a shadow on their record like Bernard. Deighton worked as an airline steward with BOAC. My father had been Resident long ago… and Berlin held all my happy childhood recollections.

This may be more setup for subsequent books, but it doesn’t feel self-contained the way the first three did, and not as tightly sly either. Spy Hook is the first in a new trilogy featuring the same characters, also told in the first person by Bernard, but represents a break with the first set in a number of ways. Bernard then takes his evidence to the Director General, who in a surprise turn of events orders his arrest, which thanks to some quick thinking by Werner Volkmann, Bernard evades for the while.


He finds out that a man he’d been told was dead was very much alive and involved in the setup of the missing funding. The airplane is standing still on the runway. Retrieved from ” https: With Lsn firmly established in the KGB hierarchy in Berlin after her defection, and his gradual return to being trusted in his own work for British Intelligence, and with his continuing affair with a much younger woman, everything seemed more or less settled at the end of that novel; but now something happens which beings to unravel all the loose ends that the reader thought had been tied up.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This time he is trying to track down some apparently missing money that his wife may have absconded with when she defected. Jan 21, Jan rated it it was ok. It was a mystery, and not a very good one. Do not pick this book up to read, unless you have read the ones before, and wish to continue the story.

The story builds upon that, and a new reader will be lost. I thought they might be like MaClean or Forsyth books. But should he pull at hoom thread or let sleeping dogs lie?

Spy Hook by Len Deighton (1988)

Now, about the specific Spy Hook, let’s get it straight upfront: Bernard Samson 9 books. Really, Deighton fleshes out not only the characters themselves, but the world hooj inhabit, so the Sampson books are really like what you’d call a “franchise universe. They say you can read one of the books alone without reading the series, but it didn’t seem like wpy to me.


A fairly decent read. As usual, when in Berlin Samson stays with old Frau Lisl in the grand home she turned into what is now a run-down boarding house. But as the latest part of a mammoth plot, reading it is like peeling an onion: Jun 28, Scott Holstad rated it did not like it.

The Deighton Dossier

If one read the trilogy of Berlin Game, Mexico set and London game this introduces an interest twist to that story line. The best espionage and crime novels get you thinking Scenario 1: I already hate the guy.

First off, this is not an action book. Outside of the Samson family, I don’t see what’s at stake in all of this.

The story introduces the character of Inge Winter, sister of Lisl Hennig, Bernard’s surrogate German mother in whose hotel he stays whenever he’s in Berlin. I enjoyed this book for the most part, but the ending was not conclusive.

As our hero continues to nose a Bernard Samson of MI6 nver knows when to let well enough alone. And Sampson is grouchy and a real asshole to everyone he meets, except his 22 year old girlfriend, whom he adores.

Spy Hook – Wikipedia

You are commenting using your WordPress. It’s a labyrinthine plot, but Deighton writes it in such a way that it’s never baffling and can be read as a stand-alone spy thriller without the knowledge of what’s gone before. But then, that’s why Len Deighton ‘s Bernard Samson novels are such fun to read.