A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress Deighton’s third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now . (Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in our ongoing Friday blog series highlighting great but forgotten books. Today’s selection comes. Funeral in Berlin, UK first edition now – see photo) on the first editions has a photo of Len Deighton and Michael Caine from The Ipcress File movie shoot.

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Hard to explain the tremendous pleasure I get reading a great master of the spy story when there is so much drivel around. In fact Deighton begins each chapter with a short sentence of two from funsral chess manual real or imagined? But it’s a shame the book’s superior finale wasn’t used. The movie was released in December and was directed by Guy Hamilton, who had directed Goldfinger in and went on to direct three other Bond films in the early s.

Colonel Stok and Hallam are great fun. Originally published on my blog here in January East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Posted in BooksNovelThriller. Commander Bond James Bond Dossier: On that enigmatic note, cheers! Only towards the end does it become clearer, that Johnnie Vulkan has taken British money to facilitate the smuggling of the Russian scientist Semitsa, across the Berlin Wall hidden in a coffin — hence the title — but double crosses the Narrator and the British by selling Semitsa on to Sam and Israeli Llen.


Get to Know Us. Return to Book Page. Dec 09, Simon rated it it was amazing. Not to be missed. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Quite a lot of driving around.

Russian Colonel Stok seems anxious that the deal goes through and the plan is to use a mock funeral to cross the wall from East fneral West.

It provides vital background information about nearly all of the characters who appear in the Bernard Samson novels, so is really part of that series.

We follow a senior detective at Scotland Yard, Douglas Archer, living in defeated dingy London, coping with his new Nazi superiors, and solving a murder mystery which unravels to reveal not one but several enormous conspiracies. It’s an funeeal unrecognisable world of course, not just the Cold War Berlin, but smoggy cold London and everyone smoking constantly and everything coldly modern in a way that’s impossibly distant.

The Ipcress File Secret File funedal. His attention to descriptive details is a bit overwhelming here and the story bogs down as a result. The humour works better and the disconnected, angular style is, initially at least, less impenetrable than in The Ipcress File.

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The Deighton Dossier: The reissues (8) – Funeral in Berlin

I was never any good at chess. Now the powdery skin, sun-lamped to a pale nicotine colour, was supported only by his cheek-bones, like a tent when the guy ropes are slackened. Showing of 57 reviews. There is a lot of money changing hands tonight. Like burglars ln secretly wish to be caught, we leave our fingerprints on broken locks, our voiceprints in bugged vuneral, our footprints in the wet concrete.


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The Narrator gets a bit riled when ordered to give Hallam some money to establish his identity: Share your thoughts with other customers. In the final quarter she is revealed as an Israeli agent and for a while it seems the plot might be about the Israelis tracking down a concentration camp guard who was responsible for murders in the death camps, and is still alive, therefore deserves punishing….

Deighton’s novels do tend to be designed around this kind of misdirection, and it is of course a style particularly appropriate to the spy novel.

How do you take your spies?

The Rap Sheet: The Book You Have to Read: “Funeral in Berlin,” by Len Deighton

Refresh and try again. Palmer is a much brighter but less flamboyant character than Tuneral, too. Some of the words are also very literary. Please help improve fumeral article by adding citations to reliable sources. No one would ever let that word pass their lips. It is clearly also an ongoing metaphor for the complicated nature of the plot and espionage, where there is a need for each side to think many moves ahead.

Colonel Stok is a hoot.

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