The IPCRESS Fileby Len Deighton
With its sardonic, cool, working-class hero, Len Deighton’s sensational debut and first bestseller The IPCRESS File broke the mold of thriller writing and became the defining novel of 1960s London.
A high-ranking scientist has been kidnapped, and a secret British intelligence agency has just recruited Deighton’s iconic unnamed protagonist—later christened Harry Palmer—to find out why. His search begins in a grimy Soho club and brings him to the other side of the world. When he ends up amongst the Soviets in Beirut, what seemed a straightforward mission turns into something far more sinister.
“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