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Berlin Game by Len Deighton
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Feb 14, 08


The first part of the spy trilogy involving Bernard Sampson, Deighton's finely-drawn protagonist and obviously based on his own alter ego.
Of course all such books were rendered instantly obsolete by the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall, which must have been a horrible shock to Deighton, who presumably would have liked to continue for ever writing more Bernard Sampson books.
Still a good read for its wonderful detail of locations, wry humour, accurate descriptions of the British government departments and minutiae of the tea ladies, wall colours, and so forth. Highly entertaining.
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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Parri-Hughes The fall of the Berlin Wall certainly put a crimp in the tail of writers like Deighton but by the end of the ninth Bernie Sampson novel the opposition had neatly moved to become big part players in the burgeoning drugs trade. A necessary adevice adopted by others, most notably Le Carre.

But, like Clive, I miss Bernie and his milieu and the lovely Fiona.

Intrigued that Philip Kerr should give his Chandleresque hero the name Bernie although I see that he came first.


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