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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited reissue of the second part of the classic spy trilogy Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.

Berlin-Kreuzberg: winter 1987. Through these grey streets, many people are hunting for Bernard Samson - London's field agent. He is perhaps the only man who both sides would be equally pleased to be rid of. But for Bernard, the city of his childhood holds innumerable grim hiding places for a spy on the run.

On a personal level there is a wonderful new young woman in his life, but her love brings danger and guilt to a life already lacking stability. In this city of masks and secrets lurk many dangers - both seen and unseen - and only one thing is certain: sooner or later Bernard will have to face the music and find someone to trust with his life.

©2015 Len Deighton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

" Spy Line is vigorous and sleazy, psychologically complex and action-packed. It is always exciting." ( Daily Mail)
"This is vintage Deighton." ( Sunday Times)
"For sheer readability he has no peer." ( The Standard)
"No one can evoke the city of Berlin better than Deighton." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Deighton's grip on the tensions of espionage grows ever tighter." ( Mail on Sunday)

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Cold War Spy story that tells its tales without

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story represents wonderfully written set of Cold War spy tales without political ideology that otherwise would bore its readers to death. The authors superb gift for developing its characters while telling its readers what seems like simple and yet believable spy narrative is Highly recommend reading...an added bonus is the superb reading performance by Mr James :Lailey, who sounds convincingly as the voice of none other but that of Bernard Simpson ..Five Stars all the way.. Enjoy.

Have you listened to any of James Lailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

an added bonus is the superb reading performance by Mr James :Lailey, who sounds convincingly as the voice of none other but that of Bernard Simpson ..Five Stars all the way.. Enjoy

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Intolerable susense

This book in the series seems to start off a little sluggishly but very soon picks up fast actio. And then there is only action and drama. In the mysteriousfworld of spies, any scenario with bizarre twists and turns are possible and the author fully exploits this aspect. The end is left a little bit hanging again. What is the bigger picture? Or so to say the biggest picture unknown to the chief actors? Many of the characters forming part of these series materialise at different times at totally different laces, play a art and then get aay. For a erson like me, who cannot withstand suspense, the storyline makes me rush to the next book in the series. The author deserves real appreciation for the sustained interest he manages throughout these series. I have become a great fan of his and of the narrator too (since I can only listen and not read) who I totally idetify with Ben Samson now!

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Where is Spy Sinker?!

Please don't leave us hanging, lol! There are a total of 3 trilogies in the Bernard Samson cold war saga. Spy Hook, Line, and Sinker are the middle trilogy. Hopefully the gaps will be filled someday...?

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  • 03-02-20

Is it over?

Don’t for one minute think that this story is now over. There is so much betrayal and heartache to come yet. Superb storytelling.

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  • B.L. M.
  • 06-02-19

Simply Perfect

Number four done and dusted..my only concern is it's almost half way and I really don't want it to end.

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  • Andy B.
  • 01-15-19

Excellent

Excellent adaptation of a key book in the middle trilogy. Told at just the right pace for a Cold War story.

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  • VCM
  • 04-16-17

Bit short thanks goodness it was half price

Love these books but this made me feel a little short changed. Read wonderfully, as usual by Mr Lalley

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  • Paul D
  • 09-11-16

Next wonder episode in the Bernard Samson saga

Actually number five in this great series. If you know the series then you know just how good they are. If you don't then I recommend that you start at the beginning - go and have a look at 'Game'.
Worth the wait, you will arrive at this one soon enough

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  • Dai Davies
  • 06-02-15

Great part 2 of 3 but what's next?

I've listened to all the books in the double trilogy 1 after the other in the car on the way to work. But where is the last book Spy Sinker come on Audiable why isn't it available?? How does this story end? I've been hooked, Lined and now Sinker, as the last book isn't available!

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  • Nicholas Osborne
  • 05-04-15

The series gets better

An already excellent series of books gets a little better with this latest instalment. The story unfolds nicely and the narration is excellent.

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  • Craig
  • 05-06-20

Spy Talk

Intelligent, insightful writing and wonderful narration, but this novel could easily be called Spy Talk: the chapters are basically a series of conversations and there is only one really good action scene. This may be fitting of Bernard the ex-field man now desk man, it may reveal the histories and inner lives of the characters, but it makes for a slow novel. I wish the movement of Game Set Match could have been carried through this trilogy as well. Nevertheless, I still love the Samson series.

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  • Geoffrey
  • 10-01-15

Best left unsaid

Even on double speed I couldnt finish this book. The content almost entirely consists of conversation. This story line supposed to be about a spy on the run however there is little or no running. I can however be more generous with my assessment of the narration James Lailey uses his voice repertoire with skill and accuracy.