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Publisher's Summary

Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the final novel in the classic spy trilogy, Faith, Hope and Charity.

Bernard continues to chip away at the mystery of his sister-in-law Tessa Kosinski's death in Berlin on the crucial night when his wife, Fiona, was brought out of the East.

Fighting to uncover the truth, he must also confront the key relationships in his own life: Fiona is still far from stable now that she has returned to work, and their children remain in the clutches of his wealthy and manipulative father-in-law. Meanwhile, Werner Volkmann, Bernard's friend since childhood, is reluctant to get involved in Bernard's crusade.

A wonderful depiction of both covert operations and office politics, Charity is packed with action, incident and intrigue, bringing to a triumphant conclusion a series of 10 novels that represents one of the great acheivements of modern English fiction.

This new reissue includes a foreword from the cover designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a brand new introduction by Len Deighton, which offers a fascinating insight into the writing of the story.

©2015 Len Deighton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Here is the master of espionage writing at his brilliant best...an authentic, compelling read." ( Mail on Sunday)
"Deighton's prose is tough, clean and compelling...storytelling of this high quality will never go out of fashion." ( Sunday Express)
"Like the vintage Bentley, Deighton's prose...runs extremely smoothly." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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No Payoff

If you've stuck with the books this long, you're likely running on the fumes of that first amazing book. You're probably also in denial, thinking that at long last you've reached the end, so this one has to deliver. All those other books may have spun their wheels, gradually undoing most of what made that first book so good, but this one is the planned end of the vaunted "triple trilogy," so it has to be good, right? I wish I'd stopped with Berlin Game, because everything since then has been a stakes-lowering waste of time. It's been sad to watch Samson, who started off as a quick witted verifiable badass, be pared back book by book until he's basically a slow, petulant child that everyone else just has to deal with. what a letdown.

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Wonderful

A satisfying conclusion to a truly monumental spy epic. These ten books may become my favorite espionage novels.

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  • Paul D
  • 11-23-16

Final chapter of Bernard

Great series - three trilogies.
A round up concentrating largely on the fate of Bernard although room for future books which never did materialise.
Not really for the first time reader and one really needs to have read "Faith" and "Hope" at least , ideally all beginning with "Game"
Read them in the 1980' s and time has not dimmed them

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  • mcfontaine
  • 12-03-19

The final part ...

The entire 9 books are fantastic, the twists just keep coming but this, the final part ties everything up ... well, apart from one lie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-18

Len Deighton - Bernard Sampson series

What an excellent series, especially the description of Berlin through the 70's and 80's when I had the privilege to visit and marvel at the wall.

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  • B.L. M.
  • 07-28-19

Pathetic ending

WHAT a let down after a great journey covering nine books.. to finish with this mills & boon ending is unforgivable.

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  • Kuleshov
  • 11-09-15

A great ending

What did you like most about Charity?

Brilliantly atmospheric. A satisfying ending to the 3 trilogies.

What about James Lailey’s performance did you like?

Pitch perfect. A rare talent.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Bernard Samson - the spy with a heart on fire and a head on ice.

Any additional comments?

At the end of this 9 novel marathon Charity still manages to surprise and delight. One of the best books in the series.

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  • Jacky
  • 07-16-19

Bernard Sampson Fan

Love every one of these books. Had read them a couple of times years ago but so glad to find them in audio form now that I have mild vision problems. After 10 books I'm going to have withdrawal symptoms.

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  • James M
  • 01-30-19

brilliant 9 part series; unequaled,

ill1 be listening to this seies every few years, forever, it ages perfectly. complicated, cynical, fascinating and always a surprise around the corner.