The long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.
Working for the Department was like marriage is supposed to be--"'til death do us part"--but the Department is really not like that, and neither are many marriages, including that of Bernard Samson. The cool and cynical field agent of the Game, Set and Match trilogy has grown older and wiser. But things have not gone well for Samson: old pals are not as friendly as they used to be, and colleagues are less confiding than they once were.
Now, starting with his mission to Washington, life has become even more precarious for Bernard. Ignoring all warnings, friendly, devious, and otherwise, he pursues his own investigation and, in California, meets with the biggest surprise of his life....
©2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited; 2015 Len Deighton
"Superb.... The secret of Spy Hook is its readability...Deighton is the inspiration for Le Carre and Forsyth and a master of his craft." (Today)
"In Deighton's best books--like this one--the narrative glides forward on rollers, and the scenes and characters fit perfectly into place. The result is marvellous entertainment." (Independent)
"Vintage, treble-crossing, East-West intrigue...written with Deighton's usual punch and economy." (Daily Mail)
"The narrative glides forward on rollers, and the scenes and characters fit perfectly into place. The result is a marvellous entertainment." (Independent)
"Mr. Deighton's touch is unfailing...never a false note." (New York Times Book Review)
Len Deightons stories are simply written and easily absorbed. The way stories should be. This one is typical Deighton.
Scenario 1: The airplane picks up speed on the runway but doesn't take off. Scenario 2: The airplane is standing still on the runway. Three-quarters of the way through Spy Hook, I'm thinking about either of the two above situations. Then things liven up. The funny thing is, bearing in mind what I consider to be the slow pace of the novel up to that point, I had to go back and re-read chunks of the last part of the book to fully understand it. The best espionage and crime novels get you thinking over the plot in this way. Does the ending provide all the answers or does it leave you asking for more ? The clue is that Spy Hook is the first instalment of the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy. Don't let this put you off. Another requirement of the best books of this genre, is working out who are the good and bad guys; this is an aspect of this book. Despite my earlier comments, I highly recommend Spy Hook. Looking forward to reading Deighton's full collection of writings.
My rating: 5/5.
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
Realistic Cold War drama. The fourth in the Bernard Samson series. Bernard is no smooth Bond clone but a gritty practical field agent . Think Le Carre rather than Flemming. Samson has a life outside the office and there is a great richness of characters. No gratuitous violence or sex and no eye on the next movie just great plot, great writing and great narration.
Mr Deighton stresses that each book is a stand alone unit but my recommendation is to start the saga at the beginning : London Game
Len Deighton continues the Samson tri-trilogy with great aplomb, ramping up the problems in his work life, whilst trying to hold together his new personal life.
A cliffhanger hanger sets things up perfectly for the Line, and the continued trials & tribulations of Bernard Samson.
"God story at times too drawn out"
Enjoying the start of the series however am again displeased to see another series with a book from it not available on Audible. Seriously a pain. I understand about publishing rights just don't understand why all 1 book in a series is always not available.
Reader is amazing
Story is great but not as good as game set match trilogy...yes.
Eagerly awaiting the next book - release more faster please!
"What did I just listen to?"
Seriously, was it about facing mid-life as a spy, having a friend who is renovating a hotel? Losing a wife? Wtf? It was in three thousand places that made no sense.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.