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Publisher's Summary

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

Bernard Samson is surrounded by puzzles and none more complex than Fiona, his wife and the mother of his children. But as a mystery, she is by no means alone. Can a man love two women at the same time? Can a man serve two masters?

Tessa Kosinski, Bernard's socialite sister-in-law, is not the 'other woman'. She is as faithful to Bernard and Fiona as she is unfaithful to her doting husband. But she is vulnerable, and slowly she is drawn from the bright lights of London to the murkiest and most bizarre corners of Berlin.

©2015 Len Deighton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"All done with the chilling competence we expect from Mr Deighton.... No padding, no slowing of pace, and writing is crisp and brutal." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Dazzling ingenuity and cleverness." ( Independent)
"A remarkable feat." ( Sunday Express)

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A thrilling conclusion to the first 2 trilogies.

Spy Sinker answers all of the niggling questions from the first 5 books of the Bernard Samson saga. This is really Fiona’s book and sympathetically explains the dilemmas she’s faced and the choices she’s made.

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A great listen

Fantastic series couldn't stop listening hoping audible will have the rest of the trilogy soon.

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At last...

After reading five books in the series, many questions were wandering in the mind for which there were no answers. How are these incidents related? How did they happen or why and under whose directions? This book is the masterpiece that links all these. After seeing the world and people through Ben Samson;s eyes, and influend by his opinions and views, we now see all characters including Ben from the author;s/other charaters; eyes. Ben doesn't figure much in this book but it is his life, prinicpally that is being toyed with. And of course his wife;s. How a very small group controls the lives of others - in search of glory? Or patriotism? or what The murky world of spieswhere lives hae value yet no value, nobody is indispensible or personal lives and reputations are made or destroyed, and which are decided by other eople. I have a great fan of Len Deighton. Who is better Ben;s wife or his girlfriend Gloria? Hmm..difficult. It is how eople jell together. It is relative.

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Rounds out the story

Greatly enjoyed how this book changed the perspective to third person omniscient to let you know what was going on with the other characters during the first 5 books in the Bernard Samson series, especially Fiona. A must-read if you’ve read those. If you haven’t, this book may seem like it’s lacking details. Thank you to Audible for adding more Len Deighton books.

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  • Paul D
  • 09-11-16

Resume of 1 to 5 plus ...

Bernard takes a back seat in this one and we follow the story for others points of view - Bret and Fiona take center stage. Covering all the bits and details from the first 'Game' to five 'Line' we get motives and explanations adding insights.
I'm not convinced that this would stand alone without having read the earlier works but it may stand as a good introduction to the next three in the saga
As ever, great writing with super narration

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  • Dean Palmer
  • 09-02-20

It all falls into place..

Loved this. A cracking continuation of the saga, but with brilliant moments of reflection and clarity. Filling in the gaps and adding extra twists and kinks. A great story.

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  • mcfontaine
  • 03-05-20

The 2nd Trilogy ends ...

... but the story is not over. In this 6th (or 7th with Winter) book of the story we hear the previous 5 books from everyone else’s view and so many surprises will hit you. Absolutely brilliant.

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  • B.L. M.
  • 06-26-19

Another Tour de Force From Deighton

I loved this..although Bernard takes a bit of a back seat in this one. Lots of loose ends and questions are sorted out from the perspective of the other main protagonists. I am seven books in now and have three left in the series..rationing required..it's been a great journey so far.

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  • Gareth Beer
  • 06-10-19

Definitely worth a read

I was a little sceptical about listening to this book, as it was deemed to do no more than recap the 2 previous novels in this series, and then the previous series ( Game/Set/Match) However, I’m really glad I did choose to read it, as it paints the picture from the perspective of many other characters in the series and challenges many of the preconceptions you have. In theory, you could actually read this before the previous 5 books as it really sets the narrative for the reader. Very enjoyable series of books.

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  • Trevor
  • 04-01-19

I missed Bernie

Len Deighton always envisaged the Bernard Samson books as a series of nine and I understand why in this book he changed the format slightly so as to give a wider overall picture of events, some of which Samson is unaware of. Nevertheless I missed Bernie's trenchant, often cynical opinions when he was the narrator.

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  • Andy B.
  • 02-05-19

Superb, again

A different angle on the Samson story in which we learn a lot more about certain characters. James Lailey is the perfect narrator for these stories. Onto Faith next.

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  • Paul V.
  • 03-22-18

Fantastic

Fantastic finish to the series. Great narrating. Simply brilliant story telling. Great entertainment . .

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  • A. Curtis
  • 03-02-18

Slightly different spy masterpiece

Like all the books in the series, this one is insightful, brilliantly written and has fantastic characters. Anyone who loves the cold war would enjoy this series. This book is slightly different in that it's more the overview of the whole series and focus on Fiona's story.

Once again, perfect narration. Onto the next...!

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  • Craig
  • 05-13-20

A surprising joy

I was reluctant to invest in Spy Sinker, partly because the previous two instalments had slowed in pace and become laborious, partly because the narrative perspective changes in this work and I like Bernard’s point of view. But I’m glad I did give it a shot! The narrative quickens, perhaps because it covers a broader timeframe, yet we still get to enter into the inner lives of the characters. We are given whole new insights into events from the previous five instalments. We discover behind-the-scenes activities which have been detrimental to Bernard. We learn of the personal flaws, struggles and deceptions of Fiona, who has previously appeared to have had no real weaknesses. And there was at least one truly terrible and gruesome event, which I did not expect from Deighton’s work. If you’re uncertain about listening to Spy Sinker, I’d recommend that you give it a go!

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  • Paul
  • 02-04-20

A Fine Meal to be contemplated with a Port wine.

This is the 6th of the Bernard Samson books by Len Deighton and I have enjoyed them. Deighton's narrative and story through-lines cleverly weave interesting and believable story arcs that are intriguing and deep without the feeling of being contrived. This is the end of the second of the triple-trilogy and I am looking forward to Faith, Hope and Charity, the next three in the series. So often you read other novels and recall they had good characterisation or good plot like a quick snack to ward off hunger, but Len Deighton novels are a satisfying and enjoyable meal to be contemplated with a glass of port wine.