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The result is not a bad book, but definitely the least of the enealogy so far.

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

The workings of Samson’s family continue to resonate; his children are getting older and slowly adapting to Samson’s new relationship with Gloria, but he can tell they miss their mother, and he’s caught in a place where he can’t tell them the truth, so he can’t really even explain what’s going on with their family.

It isn’t a bad book, though. One of the interesting things about the Game, Set and Match trilogy is the remarkably small part played by the American intelligence agencies, especialy considering the post-war relationship between the US and British governments.

Want to Read saving…. This book is the first book of a second trilogy. He and his wife Ysabele divide their time between homes in Portugal and Guernsey.

In this book, Bernard Sampson is a “spy” working for the “Service” who has a buddy who has moved to America who confides in him that there are some funds no one knows about in the Service that are missing and wonders if Sampson’s wife, who has defected deighhton the KGB, has something to do with it.

In this the first entry Bernie Samson finds himself in Washington DC, little knowing that his life is about to be turned upside down once again. The plot In among all these homely descriptions are laced scenes relating to his work as an employee of British Intelligence, threads which come together dighton force Samson to a grim conclusion: Quotes from Spy Hook.


A rather bland read frankly. 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.

It is set three years since the action of the previous set p. But a cloud of suspicion still hangs over Samson. The Russians double-cross the British by not smuggling the scientist; Vulkan double-crosses the British by selling the non-existent scientist on to Israeli Intelligence; the Narrator double-crosses the Israelis by giving them the corpse of Vulkan who he has killed instead of the scientist; and is himself almost double-crossed by a Home Office official who tries to assassinate him in the closing scenes, in order to retrieve the deithton documents.

Doing so gives the reader a much deeper understanding of what is going on. Can’t wait to get reading the next now. Lisl is old, crippled with arthritis. His answer sets up the story for the second book of the trilogy, Spy Line. This may be more setup for subsequent books, but it doesn’t feel self-contained the way the first three did, and deightoon as tightly plotted either.

As for family affairs: Spy Hook, UK first edition, Aug 23, Nemo Erehwon dighton it liked it. Another very good Bernard Samson book. I found it entertaining yet unsatisfying in itself.

It feels like a publisher-mandated start to a new trilogy. Does the ending provide all the answers or does it leave you asking for more?

The novel begins this process in the first chapter, which takes place in Washington DC. When word gets to London Central that a cache of millions of pounds has disappeared inside the Service, Samson is determined to learn the truth. After many diversions, including an induced LSD trip, he is ordered to hand over US nuclear secrets to a Chinese eeighton, with a view to emphasising to the Chinese just how destructive a nuclear war would be and therefore discouraging them from deightoh contemplating one.

Spy Hook by Len Deighton (1988)

And Sampson is grouchy and a real asshole to everyone he meets, except his 22 year old girlfriend, whom he adores. Via old contacts the narrator realises Champion is active again, but working for Arabs who are planning some kind of attack on Israel and which the narrator must foil.


This book re-acquaints us with all the well-loved characters from the previous stories, in a plot ostensibly about smuggling a KGB colonel out from the East, but is really about who knows the truth lenn and who is trying to cover up — the real cause of deiggton Fiona-escape debacle.

Apr 09, Bill Gonzalez rated it really liked it. And, of course, this is only the first novel in a new trilogy, so we’re not likely to find out anything other than how far Bernard is able to put other people’s backs up. After a fantastic opening trilogy, the story is taken to a whole new depth by Deighton as the levels of treachery, chicanery and deception in London Central are revealed by the tenacious Samson, who finds himself at the centre of a growing maelstrom.

Additionally, this was the fourth book in what very well might be a nine book series, and it’s not much of a stand alone novel, so that hurts it.

I found nothing to grab my attention in Bernie – my bad, I’m sure In this, the fourth, we have Samson driving a battered Volvo.

Here again Samson meets a brick wall as Silas refuses to clarify his suspicions about a vast slush fund. On the way back to the airport, the CIA picks him up and gives him the same line.

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.

Samson is just screwing things up for the good guys, meaning we should be rooting for him to fail. I enjoyed this book for the most part, but the ending was not conclusive. Three-quarters of the way through Spy Hook, I’m thinking about either of the two above situations.