The classic spy thriller of lethal computer-age intrigue and a maniac's private cold war, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The Ipcress File.
The fourth of Deighton's novels to be narrated by the unnamed employee of WOOC(P) is the thrilling story of an anti-communist espionage network owned by a Texan billionaire, General Midwinter, run from a vast computer complex known as the Brain. After having been recruited by Harvey Newbegin, the narrator travels from the bone-freezing winter of Helsinki, Riga, and Leningrad, to the stifling heat of Texas, and soon finds himself tangling with enemies on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
"Dazzlingly intelligent and subtle." (
"Such credibility, such accurate line-by-line beaming of a sheer sense of the actual…a glittering, wintry entertainment." ( The Guardian)
"Worthy of Raymond Chandler…intelligent…inventive…constantly entertaining." ( Sunday Telegraph)
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Cold War Masterpiece
Classic, soviet, gripping
Any times our hero talks to the Russian General is fantastic
Perfect. Loved the Michael Caine style voice of course, but all the characters are so well done. Brilliant.
It's not very emotional although there is a lot of loyalty in question
The best of the series for me. The locations and story is very very good. Love the characters in this one. Very well written as you would expect. And some good old fashioned Cold War spy craft. Loved this book.
- A. Curtis