A “ferociously cool’ (New York Times) Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress File
Len Deighton’s third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now as when it first exploded on to the bestseller lists.
In Berlin, where neither side of the wall is safe, Colonel Stok of Red Army Security is prepared to sell an important Russian scientist to the West – for a price. British intelligence are willing to pay, providing their own top secret agent is in Berlin to act as go-between. But it soon becomes apparent that behind the facade of an elaborate mock funeral lies a game of deadly manoeuvres and ruthless tactics. A game in which the blood-stained legacy of Nazi Germany is enmeshed in the intricate moves of cold war espionage…
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‘A ferociously cool fable, even better than The Spy Who Came In From the Cold’
New York Times
‘Funeral in Berlin is splendid’
‘A most impressive book in which the tension, more like a chronic ache than a sharp stab of pain, never lets go.’
"Ferociously cool, even better than 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'."
NEW YORK TIMES
'Then Samantha said, "Personally I think you are a doll… But Vulkan is a genius. Vulkan has a mind like a diamond while you have a mind like glass."
"Commercial diamond versus hand-cut glass," I said. "So I am typecast as the loser?"
"It's a one-horse race," said Samantha with finality.
The greatest tribute you can pay to a secret agent is to take him for a moron. All he has to do it make sure he doesn't act too exactly like one. That was my concern now.'
"Our unidentified narrator isn't some establishment bloke called James Bond who knocks back poncey cocktails and smokes custom-made cigarettes. He's one of us."
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1966. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140024611