New Release Books by Len Deighton

Len Deighton is the author of Violent Ward (2022), Declarations of War (2022), City of Gold (2021), Spy Line (2021), XPD (2021) and other 133 books.

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Violent Ward

release date: Jan 06, 2022
Violent Ward
If America is a lunatic asylum, then California is the Violent Ward. Mickey Murphy is a criminal lawyer with an office in LA's downtown low-rent district, an ex-wife who bleeds him for money and 'clients who would plead the Fifth Amendment if they could count that high'. To make matters worse, Mickey finds himself embroiled against his wishes in an elaborate and clever scam that's going askew, and being interrogated by the LAPD about a brutal murder. With an observant eye and ear for the California 'scene', Deighton once again uses his brilliant storytelling skills to propel an exciting and suspenseful narrative at breakneck speed to a dramatic climax in a riot-torn city.

Declarations of War

release date: Jan 06, 2022
Declarations of War
'Deighton really is something special' Sunday Times Len Deighton's only collection of short stories explores the devastating experiences of ordinary soldiers across over two thousand years of war. From Hannibal's march on Rome to the American Civil War, and from a British Hurricane pilot in the Second World War to a modern conflict played out in the Mexican borderlands, each of these stories shows the effects of war on the human character, and how it can lead to extraordinary deeds, both great and terrible. 'Len Deighton is a fearless observer of the deceptive human world' John Gray

City of Gold

release date: Nov 25, 2021
City of Gold
'A superb example of Deighton's craft' Robert Harris January 1942. Rommel's troops are at the gates of Egypt, soon to threaten Cairo itself. A spy has been leaking British secrets to the German commander, and Captain Albert Cutler has been sent to find them amongst the city's teeming streets and bazaars, before it is too late. But Cutler is not quite what he seems, and Cairo is a city of fool's gold, where nothing can be taken at face value. 'The pace of the story is compulsive ... it is a real pleasure to be swallowed up in Deighton's descriptions of wartime Cairo' Daily Telegraph 'A novel reminiscent in spirit to Casablanca. Play it again, Len' Kirkus Reviews

Spy Line

release date: Jul 29, 2021
Spy Line
'This is vintage Deighton' Sunday Times 'Spy Line is vigorous and sleazy, psychologically complex and action-packed. And it is always exciting' Daily Mail Bernard Samson is a spy on the run. But in the murky streets of Berlin, he knows where to hide. Wanted for an act of treachery he has not committed, he must not only escape the grasp of London Central, but get to the bottom of a tangled conspiracy that is about to change everything. In the thrilling penultimate instalment of the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy, Bernard's personal and professional life collide with devastating consequences. A BERNARD SAMSON NOVEL

XPD

release date: Oct 28, 2021
XPD
'A stunning spy story ... incomparable' Guardian It is the most dangerous secret of the Second World War, one that could destroy Britain's reputation forever. In 1940, a clandestine meeting took place between Churchill and Adolf Hitler. All records of it have been hidden, and anyone who discovers the truth dies - their file stamped XPD; Expedient Demise. But now what was buried is threatening to come to light, and SIS agent Boyd Stuart must stop it falling into the wrong hands, no matter how high the price. 'Deliciously sharp and flawlessly accurate dialogue, breathtakingly clever plotting ... a splendidly strongly told story' The Times

The Spy Quartet: An Expensive Place to Die, Spy Story, Yesterday’s Spy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy

release date: Jan 15, 2015
The Spy Quartet: An Expensive Place to Die, Spy Story, Yesterday’s Spy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy
Four classic spy novels, four unnamed spies - just like Britain’s uber-cool sixties spy, ‘Harry Palmer’ - together in one e-bundle for the first time.

World War 2 Thriller Collection: Winter, The Eagle Has Flown, South by Java Head

release date: Dec 12, 2013
World War 2 Thriller Collection: Winter, The Eagle Has Flown, South by Java Head
Presented for the first time, three classic war novels from the generals of the genre, Len Deighton, Jack Higgins & Alistair MacLean.

Bomber

release date: May 20, 2021
Bomber
'Probably the best thing ever written about the wartime air campaign against Germany' Max Hastings 'Magnificent ... rich with historical detail' The Times 31 June, 1943. An RAF crew prepare for their next bombing raid on Germany. It is a night that many will never forget. Len Deighton's devastating novel is a gripping minute-by-minute account of what happens over the next twenty-four hours. Told through the eyes of ordinary people in the air and on the ground - from a young pilot to the inhabitants of a small town in the Ruhr - Bomber is an unforgettable portrayal of individuals caught up in the wreckage of war. 'A superbly mobilised tragedy of the machines which men make to destroy themselves. Masterly' Spectator

Len Deighton 3-Book War Collection Volume 1: Bomber, XPD, Goodbye Mickey Mouse

release date: Sep 26, 2013
Len Deighton 3-Book War Collection Volume 1: Bomber, XPD, Goodbye Mickey Mouse
Three classic novels of the Second World War by the ‘greatest war novelist of our time’, together in one e-bundle for the first time.

The Harry Palmer Quartet

release date: Jun 20, 2013
The Harry Palmer Quartet
The first four ‘Secret Files’ from the master of fictional espionage, Len Deighton, containing the international exploits of Britain’s uber-cool sixties spy, Harry Palmer, together in one e-bundle for the first time.

MAMista

release date: Sep 29, 2011
MAMista
Deep in Marxist Guerilla territory a hopeless war is being fought.

Only When I Larf

release date: Sep 29, 2011
Only When I Larf
Three confidence tricksters - two blokes and a bird - had a style that earned them millions.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy

release date: Sep 30, 2021
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy
'The master at his peak' Daily Telegraph A Russian scientist is defecting to the West, in order to realize his dreams of contacting extra-terrestrial life among the stars. But when an insubordinate British agent and a top CIA operative are sent to the Sahara desert to bring him in, things don't go to plan. The result is a violent chase stretching across three continents, where loyalties - between spies, partners, nations and lovers - become fatally divided. 'Classic, world-ranging, marvellously knowledgeable ... in a word, quality' The Times 'Tightly and complicatedly plotted, so credible in detail' Financial Times A PATRICK ARMSTRONG NOVEL

Charity

release date: Aug 26, 2021
Charity
A BERNARD SAMSON NOVEL 'The master of espionage writing at his brilliant best' Mail on Sunday With the Cold War drawing to a close in the East, Bernard Samson is still haunted by the events that have turned his life upside down over the last ten years. But when he takes a train from Moscow to Berlin, he stumbles across a clue that may lead him to the truth at last - even though, in finding the answers, he could lose everything. Bringing the 'Faith, Hope and Charity' trilogy, and Bernard Samson's story, to a stunning conclusion, this final volume brilliantly shows the human cost of the spying game. 'The series represents a magnificent achievement in the field of espionage writing and Samson remains one of the great spies' Irish Times

Faith

release date: Jun 09, 2011
Faith
Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the first novel in the classic spy trilogy, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY

Spy Sinker

release date: Jul 29, 2021
Spy Sinker
'Dazzling ingenuity and cleverness' Independent 'Chilling ... the writing is crisp and brutal' Daily Telegraph Of all the mysteries Bernard Samson has encountered, the greatest is his wife Fiona. Dedicated agent of the Service and a woman of secrets, she will risk everything to play the long game. As the truth about the decision that shattered their marriage is gradually revealed, the web of deception that has snared Bernard for ten years begins to unravel. In the gripping, tragic finale of the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy, everything we thought we knew is brought into question. A BERNARD SAMSON NOVEL

Berlin Game

release date: May 27, 2021
Berlin Game
'Masterly ... dazzlingly intelligent and subtle' Sunday Times 'Deighton's best novel to date - sharp, witty and sour, like Raymond Chandler adapted to British gloom and the multiple betrayals of the spy' Observer Embattled agent Bernard Samson is used to being passed over for promotion as his younger, more ambitious colleagues - including his own wife Fiona - rise up the ranks of MI6. When a valued agent in East Berlin warns the British of a mole at the heart of the Service, Samson must return to the field and the city he loves to uncover the traitor's identity. This is the first novel in Len Deighton's acclaimed, Game, Set and Match trilogy. A BERNARD SAMSON NOVEL

Blood, Tears and Folly

release date: Jul 15, 2021
Blood, Tears and Folly
'Every page of Deighton's work glows with the excitement of discovery ... wonderful' Geoff Dyer, Guardian This unflinching history of the darkest days of the Second World War covers the entire world stage, from the Battle of the Atlantic to Pearl Harbor. Rooted in the personal accounts of the soldiers themselves, Blood, Tears and Folly is a sweeping, moving account of the political machinations, the strategy and tactics, the weapons and the men on both sides who created a world of devastation. 'If he had never written a word of fiction Deighton would still be remembered for his scholarly and merciless history of the Second World War, Blood, Tears and Folly' Peter Millar, The Times

SS-GB

release date: May 20, 2021
SS-GB
'Deighton's best book ... an absorbingly exciting spy story that is also a fascinating exercise in might-have-been speculation' The New York Times Book Review It is 1941 and Germany has won the war. Britain is occupied, Churchill executed and the King imprisoned in the Tower of London. At Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector Archer tries to do his job and keep his head down. But when a body is found in a Mayfair flat, what at first appears to be a routine murder investigation sends him into a world of espionage, deceit and betrayal. 'Len Deighton is the Flaubert of contemporary thriller writers ... this is much the way things would have turned out if the Germans had won' The Times Literary Supplement

Hope

release date: Jun 09, 2011
Hope
Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the second novel in the classic spy trilogy, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY.

Blitzkrieg

release date: Jul 15, 2021
Blitzkrieg
'Deighton has a desire, unobtrusive but inflexible, to see the truth ... Blitzkrieg is full of insights' Financial Times This is the story of the Nazi conquest of western Europe, from Hitler's rise to power and 'lightning-fast war', to his fatal mistake in halting the German advance on Dunkirk in 1940. Drawing on technical mastery and interviews with both Allied and German participants, Blitzkrieg sets out the technical thinking behind the attack and the weapons that made it possible. It is a compelling, detailed account of Europe's darkest hour. 'What Deighton did for the Battle of Britain in Fighter he has done for the land-war here ... A rattlingly good yarn' Guardian

Fighter

release date: Jul 15, 2021
Fighter
'The most honest attempt yet to tell how the Battle of Britain really was' Andrew Wilson, Observer History is swamped by patriotic myths about the aerial combat fought between the RAF and the Luftwaffe over the summer of 1940. In his gripping history of the Battle of Britain, Len Deighton drew on a decade of research and his own wartime experiences to puncture these myths and point towards a more objective, and even more inspiring, truth. 'Revolutionised thinking about the Battle of Britain in a way that has not been seriously challenged since' The Times

London Match

release date: May 27, 2021
London Match
'Spying at its most captivating and intricate' The Times 'Deighton has woven an intricate and satisfying plot, peopled it with convincing characters and even given a new twist to the spy story. But then he is a master of the form' Washington Post Long-suffering spy Bernard Samson has, against all the odds, enticed a Soviet agent to defect to London - but this proves to be the start of something even bigger. For he learns that there is treachery within his own Service, and no one is free from suspicion. To discover who really controls the game of spies, he must attempt a desperate gamble. As the Game, Set and Match trilogy reaches its shattering finale, who will make the winning move? A BERNARD SAMSON NOVEL

Mexico Set

release date: May 27, 2021
Mexico Set
'Deighton is a marvel ... a tale told by an author at the height of his power' Chicago Tribune World-weary agent Bernard Samson is losing control of his personal and professional life. Sent to Mexico to aid the defection of a KGB agent to the West, he has a chance to prove his worth. Instead he is torn between conflicting loyalties, and lost in a maze of double-dealing and duplicity. The second novel in the Game, Set and Match trilogy is a gripping portrayal of a man who can trust no one, not even those closest to him. A BERNARD SAMSON NOVEL

Spy Hook

release date: Sep 30, 2010
Spy Hook
The long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, HOOK, LINE and SINKER, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.
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