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The airplane is standing still on the runway. Originally published on my blog here in Llen Another very good Bernard Samson book. 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.

Spy Hook by Len Deighton (1988)

After numerous adventures, the Unnamed Narrator retrieves the list and consigns it to the Intelligence archive. Similarly, Gloria is back driving a battered Mini, rather than the new Metro from a previous volume. The airplane picks up speed on the runway but doesn’t take off. Works by Len Deighton.

If you’ve read the Game, Set and Match trilogy, this has the same sort of feel. It also does not help that he must maneuver between the various bosses and department heads who maintain control over their little intelligence fiefdoms.

The newly prominent Deputy DG, Sir Percy Babcock, is a successful barrister, brought in to run things better description on page Email required Address never made public. The few American characters are either connected to British intelligence in some way or appear to be freelance information gatherers. Another great reading from Len Deighton and his Samson character.

The Deighton Dossier

My enjoyment of his writing comes from the normal encounters involved in office politics, domestic life, etc. Disconcertingly, Frank is expecting him, and delivers the knockout blow: Notify me of new comments via email. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency.


I expect I will have to order more after these to continue the saga. Books by Len Deighton. Luckily I am yet to read any of the third trilogy books so those will be in order.

Spy Hook (Bernard Samson, #4) by Len Deighton

Deighton, as all good writers do, creates characters that feel like real people, so if you’ve read the first trilogy you’ll feel like you’re back among familiar acquaintances. Having now gone there post reunificationit’s not quite as thrilling as I’m sure it was for spies of that era especially the ones living in works of fictionbut it was still exciting and I have books like Len Deighton’s to thank for that impression. Another spy novel involving Bernard Samson.

But once again, this is a setup that doesn’t yet pay off, making Spy Hook feel incomplete.

The novel begins this process in the first chapter, which takes place in Washington DC. Bernard is just as I remember him from the Game, Set and Match trilogy: Only When I Larf Oh! First off, this is not an action book.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Best read overlooking a dirty windblown street with some cheap vodka or Turkish coffee. 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.

Despite my earlier comments, I highly recommend Spy Hook. Bernard returns to Europe, where he confronts a man called “Dodo” and is saved from an untimely death by Prettyman, who it turns out has gone under “deep-cover”.

Interspersed are subplots about Werner taking over Lisl’s hotel, which takes up a large chunk of the first half of the novel and doesn’t really tie into the A story. This book, Spy Hook, th The first three books Game, Set and Match I read more than 20 years ago and remember enjoying the series quite a lot. But as the latest part of a mammoth plot, reading it is like peeling an onion: Bernard takes Gloria and they visit Frau Inge in her mansion in the south of France — she is old and her house decorated with photos of Hitler and all the other leading Nazis.


A world of dinosaurs. Do not pick this book up to read, unless you have read the ones before, and wish to continue the story. Or maybe that was Funeral in Berlin.

Elements of the back story of both Lisl, Werner’s childhood and Bernard’s father are sketched in in this books, stories which are developed more fully in Winter. This book, Spy Hook, the first in the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy picks up a couple of years after the end of the last one where Bernard’s wife has defected to the Soviet Union. Bernard later learns that the intel agent he questioned has been gunned down. But a cloud of suspicion still hangs over Samson. He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books.

I strongly recommend that you read the Game, Set and Match trilogy first. His friend claims to be him and is dragged off so he can escape and he goes to East Germany, returns, goes to an old Service friend’s house, confronts him about the money, his wife, his friend, everything, is given some money and sent on his way and leaves. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook.

But I’ll be damned if I’m supposed to buy a book just to buy another! As our hero continues to nose around about this money, he becomes the subject of a manhunt. My father had been Resident long ago… and Berlin held all my happy childhood recollections.

The problem with Spy Hook is that it is pretty much all setup; Samson investigates the disappearing funds, but he comes up with nothing but possibilities, all leading to the ending, where he goes on the run from MI6, who put a warrant out for his arrest. A fairly decent read. The result is not a bad book, but definitely the least of the enealogy so far.