Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the second novel in the classic spy trilogy, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY Bernard is trying hard to readjust his life in the face of questions about his wife Fiona, and her defection to the East. Is she the brilliant high-flyer that her Department seems to think she is? Or is she a spent force, a wife and mother ...
Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the second novel in the classic spy trilogy, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY Bernard is trying hard to readjust his life in the face of questions about his wife Fiona, and her defection to the East. Is she the brilliant high-flyer that her Department seems to think she is? Or is she a spent force, a wife and mother unwilling or unable to face her domestic responsibilities? Bernard doesn't know but is determined to find out. Bernard's boos Dicky Cruyer is certainly not anxious to reveal what he knows, as he jostles for power with Fiona herself in London Central, and takes to the road with Bernard on a mysterious mission to Poland. 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.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-11-27 Veteran British spy Bernard Samson returns to fight further Cold War battles in this deceptively easygoing sequel to Faith (and prequel to Charity), set in 1987. Here, the dour secret agent tries to track down his Polish brother-in-law, George Kosinski, who seems to have returned to his homeland in hope that his wife, presumed dead, is still alive. Samson, along with his aggravating superior, Dicky Cruyer, trails his quarry from Switzerland to Poland in the wake of the October 1987 stock market crash, only to be presented with evidence that Kosinski is deadækilled, it is said, by Russian army deserters. Samson doesn't buy the alleged facts of Kosinski's death, and events prove him correctæright up to the conclusion, a hair-breadth's escape from oblivion for himself and others. Deighton's carefully crafted but seemingly nonchalant narrationædroll, almost deadpanæfits perfectly the character of Samson, a perceptive but closed-mouthed gent who is seemingly unimpressed by events like the sudden appearance of a dead body in his ex-mistress's bedroom or the bizarre theft of a severed hand. Exciting moments are handled casually, while causal conversations are given the detail expected of important ones, resulting in a version of reality that is disjointed and emotionally distanced, as a master spy's take on things may very well be. Deighton gives readers unfamiliar with Samson's troubled life plenty of background information, so newcomers as well as old series hands should take equal pleasure in this subtly intense offering by perhaps the only author other than le Carr? who deserves to be known as ``spymaster.'' (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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