When disaffected KGB major Erich Stinnes is spotted in Mexico City, British intelligence agent Bernard Samson must entice him to take the final step and defect. With his domestic life in shambles and his career heading towards disaster, Bernard needs to prove his reliability. And he knows Stinnes already: Bernard had been interrogated by him in East Berlin. But now, Bernard risks being entangled in a lethal web of old loyalties and old betrayals.
All he knows for sure is that he has to get Stinnes for London. Who’s pulling the strings is another matter.
Praise for Len Deighton:
“Virtuoso top level performance.”—Guardian
“Deighton, Greene and John le Carré comprise the reigning triumvirate of fictional spymasters beside whom all others pale.”—Seattle Times
“Few authors writing in the rigorous and finite genre of spy fiction have mastered the craft as well as Deighton.”—Chicago Tribune
“Deighton is so far in the front of other writers in the field that they are not even in sight.”—Sunday Times
“Lively, exciting, ingenious.”—Observer
“For sheer readability, he has no peer.”—Evening Standard
“What raises Deighton’s genre to art is not only his absorbing characters but his metaphoric grace, droll wit, command of technical detail … and sure sense of place.”—Washington Post
“I love him! So underrated now. The Berlin Game trilogy made lockdown possible.”—Olivia Laing
‟A stone-cold cold war classic.”—Guardian