Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1965. First American Edition. Hardcover. 312 pages ; 21 cm. Very good copy in original dust jacket with unmarked pages and square binding.
FUNERAL IN BERLIN
a novel by Len Deighton
With this masterfully plotted, masterfully executed novel, Len Deighton joins the select ranks of major novelists who write of international espionage, a roster which includes Eric Ambler, Graham Greene and, most recently, John le Carre.
FUNERAL IN BERLIN is a spellbinding tale of a nightmare world in which the double and triple cross are common practice, in which ruthless men with faceless pasts are pawns in the power struggles of the countries they represent. It takes the map of Europe as its setting — from London to Prague, from a beach on the France-Spain border to Berlin — Berlin such as it has never been portrayed before, the divided city, the international crossroads where enemies become friends and friends enemies. It is written with an acute sense of the complexities, the harsh realities, of the cold war.
FUNERAL IN BERLIN is justly complicated in its story, for the world it describes is not a simple arena for heroes and villains where a James Bond on a white horse conquers all, but a place of subtle shadows. It is an intensely readable book, cracking with wit, dazzling in its twists and turns. It makes an indelible impression. It is, its publishers believe, a masterpiece of its genre.
Len Deighton, now at thirty-five a full-time writer based in London, has been hailed by the English critics for his fiction ("in the 1960s the only newcomer to emerge with an original approach has been Mr. Len Deighton." — Times Literary Supplement). A meticulous researcher who travels the world for his background material, Mr. Deighton is currently at work on his new novel.
"No novelist, past or present, has done so much for international intrigue." —RICHARD CONDON
"Absolutely perfect in its field—suspense-Jul, intricate and yet coldly logical." —OGDEN NASH
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