Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the first novel in the classic spy trilogy Faith, Hope and Charity.
Bernard has known that he is not getting the full picture from London Central ever since discovering that his wife, Fiona, was a double agent.
Werner Volkmann has been cast out by London Central as untrustworthy. Yet Werner still seems able to pick up information that Bernard should have been told.
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.
©2015 Len Deighton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"A string of brilliantly mounted set-pieces...superbly laconic wisecracks." ( The Times)
"Like lying back in a hot bath with a large malt whisky - absolute bliss...superbly combines violent action with a strong emotional undertow. The plotting in Faith is masterly, the atmospheric descriptions superb...." ( Sunday Telegraph)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dougie1974 on 23-09-15

Great story

Superb characters with the spine of the story getting stronger.

Only read if you have read all the others before it though....

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christopher Hegan on 15-04-18

Not Deighton at his best

If you could sum up Faith in three words, what would they be?

Authentic but unsatisfying

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The downbeat, disappointed spy schtick, the sorry tale of a talented maverick defeated by office politics I found a bit disengaging. We have the sustained feeling that this guy is going to be outmanoeuvred by more venal, lesser talents and when it finally happens I could not summon up enough sympathy to care.

What about James Lailey’s performance did you like?

Just the right level of urgency (and the accurate pronunciation of German) made it an easy listen. However, since the main protagonist was a native speaker of English and German, I thought it a false step to use a German accent for the German characters he interacted with. Surely their conversations would have been in German?

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Emotional connection, or its lack, was the problem.

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