Spy Line Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1990
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In Spy Line, Bernard continues to pursue the truth about Fiona, until the truth behind her defection is made clear. He travels to Berlin again and is told to cross into East Berlin and bring Fiona back to the West, but her retrieval and return become a nightmare as the Secret Service again imposes its will on Samson and Fiona in order to manipulate the truth behind Fiona's rescue. It's difficult to imagine reading this book without having first read the first four books detailed above. Samson is an unusual spy, a stubborn, but highly intelligent man. By the time you greet him again in Spy Line, you will feel as if you know him better than he knows himself, and as the book comes to a close with Bernard and Fiona in virtual imprisonment, you will understand exactly how frustrated and angry he feels.
Len Deighton is a wonderful author. You will love this book.
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That's because a large part of the entertainment all through the series comes from the way in which Deighton keeps on returning to the same events from different perspectives, adding in new information and so new interpretations to events the reader would otherwise have long thought they understood for sure.
This time round, it isn't done as well as in the previous volumes and the cliffhanger which ends Spy Hook is rather quickly and somewhat unsatisfactorily resolved. However, it then picks up the tension and action, culminating in a macabre violent confrontation complete with man in a gorilla suit which gains its emotional impact from the development of the characters overs the five books which lead up to it. And it all nicely sets up the final book in the trilogy, Spy Sinker.
If you prefer audio books, by the way, you are in for a treat as once again James Lailey does a cracking job with his narration of the Benard Samson series.
I am a bit disappointed that this, like so many other Kindle conversions has so many grammatical errors. Even a pretty basic spell checker could pick out most of them.
I don't know why this series was never dramatised, I know there was a worthy TV adaptation of Berlin Game many years ago, but this series beats Tinker, Tailor... into a cocked hat. This is a bit dated in light of the collapse of communism, but some of us can still remember the feel.