Best Selling Books by Len Deighton

Len Deighton is the author of City of Gold (1993), Spy Sinker (1990), Close-Up (2021), Xpd (1983), Winter (1989), The Ipcress File (2009) and other 63 books.

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City of Gold

release date: Jan 01, 1993
City of Gold
In 1942 Cairo, escaped prisoner Jim Ross takes on the identity of his dead escort and finds himself searching for the spy in British Intelligence who is revealing top-secret data to Rommel and his German forces. Reprint.

Spy Sinker

release date: Jan 01, 1990
Spy Sinker
Double agent Fiona Samson is chosen by the British Secret Service to be their top agent in East Germany on a mission to undermine the German economy, but Fiona feels trapped between family love and patriotism

Close-Up

release date: Sep 30, 2021
Close-Up
Deighton draws on his personal experience of the cut-throat Hollywood film industry in this dark and compelling thriller Deighton's incendiary novel of the film industry uncovers a Hollywood Babylon for our time. Marshall Stone, international superstar and charismatic member of Hollywood's elite. Abundantly blessed with charm, genius and wealth, the one gift he most desires - everlasting youth - seems within his grasp when an eminent writer begins the star's biography. But painful memories and suppressed scandals threaten to expose the fiction of his life. Dazzled by flattery and numbed by threats, the biographer is caught up in the big-daddy world where books are properties, films are investments, ratings are rigged, and stars and directors are bought and sold like slaves at an auction. The rituals, the wheeler-dealing politics, and back-stabbing tactics of the richest industry in the world have never been more effectively portrayed. And at the heart of this glittering machine, a brilliant star who will do almost anything to remain untarnished.

Xpd

release date: Apr 01, 1983
Xpd
It is 1979. A stolen World War II document kept secret since then is about to surface, propelling the most ruthless secret agents of Great Britain, America, Germany, and the Soviet Union into a desperate battle of wits and violence. Anyone who learns of the paper must die, his file stamped Expedient Demise, or . . . XPD.

Winter

release date: Jan 01, 1989
Winter
This panoramic family saga chronicles the uneasy relationship between the Winter brothers, sons of a German banker and an American wife, from the end of World War I through the second World War

The Ipcress File

release date: Oct 01, 2009
The Ipcress File
Len Deighton’s classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy – later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine.

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.

Hope

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Hope
A spy novel on British agent Bernard Samson as he searches for his missing brother-in-law, an Englishman of Polish origin. The search takes him to Poland and involves him in a series of adventures. The time is 1987, the story taking place amid the turmoil of the Solidarity movement which led to the fall of Communism. By the author of Charity.

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

London Match

release date: Jan 01, 1993
London Match
British agent Bernard Samson discovers compelling evidence that there is yet another traitor at the highest level of British intelligence and find himself in direct confrontation with this British KGB agent

Mexico Set

release date: Jan 01, 1986
Mexico Set
When British Intelligence assigns Bernard Sampson to coax a KGB major named Stinnes into defecting, swiftly shifting events lead London Central to believe that Sampson himself has traded loyalties

Blood, Tears, and Folly

release date: Aug 18, 1994
Blood, Tears, and Folly
Despite the volumes written about World War II, many questions remain un-answered. In this balanced and thoughtful chronicle, historian and World War II expert Len Deighton dares to explore intriguing questions, including why the British weren't more prepared for the Blitz and why Hitler failed to thoroughly support his U-boat program. He also warns that we haven't yet learned the lessons of World War II, as ethnic cleansing, Middle East violence, and the widening gap between rich and poor still plague the world.

Catch a Falling Spy

release date: Feb 01, 1986

Spy Line

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Spy Line
British agent Bernard Samson finds himself inexplicably hunted as a traitor, forced to abandon his life, his job, his position, and plunge into hiding in the most dangerous and darkest corner of Berlin. What is happening? What has he done? Nothing makes sense until Samson discovers that the Secret Service has known all along where he is. In fact, they have never taken him off the payroll. And now they are prepared to return his freedom and good name -- but there are strings attached, strings that begin to tighten around his neck even before his plane lands in Vienna . . .

Fighter

release date: Jul 01, 1994
Fighter
Deighton's renowned body of military literature continues with this true story of the Battle of Britain. Focuses on the important role of technology in warfare. Complete with photos, drawings, and detailed maps.

Faith

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Faith
First in a trilogy, following the story of Bernard and Fiona Sampson, from the H̀ook, line and sinker' trilogy, into the post-Cold War era.

Bomber

Bomber
Recounts the confrontation between a British bomber squadron and Nazi night fighters over Germany in 1943

Berlin Game

release date: Jan 01, 1984
Berlin Game
Agent Bernard Sampson clashes with an unknown traitor, a high-ranking fellow operative of the British Secret Service, in a tale of intrigue, murder, and suspense that moves from London to East and West Berlin

Violent Ward

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Violent Ward
A hard-boiled Los Angeles criminal lawyer copes with a son in trouble, a passion for his biggest client's wife, and cops who want to pin a murder on him

Horse Under Water

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Horse Under Water
Here in the Horse underwater, skin-diving, drug trafficking and blackmail all feature in a curious story in which the dead hand of a long-defeated Hitler-Germany reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech, and to all the neo-Nazis of today.

Declarations of War

release date: Jan 06, 2022
Declarations of War
A collection of thirteen stories that offer an inside view of fighting men poised at the edge of death. Len Deighton's only collection of shorter fiction, this dazzling array of stories spans twenty-three centuries of warfare. From Hannibal's march on Rome - when strange, moving objects terrorise the troops of one of the toughest and most skilful armies in history - to the efforts of a belittled Civil War general to get his men to face the Confederate army; to the dawn skies above an artillery-blasted French battle-line where a dogfight unfolds, to Vietnam; where two lost American soldiers stumble across an abandoned military airfield. Each story in Declarations of War explores the effects of war upon man's character, how it pushes him to act in a dehumanized, machine-like way, often leading to extraordinary deeds, both good and ill. It portrays human conflict through a series of devastating experiences and shows how great deeds are often but the smallest thread in the large fabric of war.

An Expensive Place to Die

release date: Jul 14, 2016

Goodbye Mickey Mouse

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Goodbye Mickey Mouse
A novel about a group of American fighter pilots flying escort missions over Germany in the winter of 1943-4. The story centres on two young men who forge a bond of friendship in battle, with far-reaching consequences for themselves, and for the future of those they love.

Spy Story

release date: Feb 01, 1985
Spy Story
An attempted murder, the defection of a highly placed KGB official, and an explosive nuclear submarine chase beneath the Arctic Ocean seem to have little connection to one another. But they are the sparks that propel Pat Armstrong -- also known as Harry Palmer -- into the heart of a brutal East-West power play. And when Armstrong returns to his own apartment -- where someone who looks and dresses just like him has taken up his identity -- we are drawn into the world of spies and counterspies, plots and counterplots, that is Len Deighton's unbeatable trademark.

Funeral in Berlin

Funeral in Berlin
A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress File. Len Deighton's third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now as when it first exploded on to the bestseller lists. In Berlin, where neither side of the wall is safe, Colonel Stok of Red Army Security is prepared to sell an important Russian scientist to the West - for a price. British intelligence are willing to pay, providing their own top secret agent is in Berlin to act as go-between. But it soon becomes apparent that behind the facade of an elaborate mock funeral lies a game of deadly manoeuvres and ruthless tactics. A game in which the blood-stained legacy of Nazi Germany is enmeshed in the intricate moves of cold war espionage...

Hook, Line & Sinker

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Hook, Line & Sinker
This trilogy tells of Fiona Samson, whose defection to the KGB has made her husband Bernard an outcast in the British Secret Service. What made her leave not only Bernard but also her much-loved children?

Airshipwreck

Airshipwreck
A remarkable collection of one hundred fifty previously unpublished photographs testifies to the wonder and splendor of airships, underscoring both their luxurious pace and their high accident rate

Action Cook Book

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Action Cook Book
'I am going to cook you the best meal you have ever tasted in your life ... ' Harry Palmer to Sue Lloyd in "The Ipcress Files". The Action Cook Book was once an instructional book for the bachelor male - a guide to sophisticated cooking for the would-be Harry Palmer. It now has a great following as a fabulous piece of nostalgia as well as retaining real credibility as a genuinely useful cook book -- front endpaper.

Eleven Declarations of War

Eleven Declarations of War
A collection of eleven stories of soldiers in battle.

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.

Only When I Larf

release date: Jan 06, 2022
Only When I Larf
A comedy thriller about three New York con artists whose biggest heist goes awry. The three confidence tricksters had a style that earned them millions. Silas was the leader, slick and self-assured but dissatisfied. Bob was the junior partner, longing for the open road where pickings were rich and the living was easy. And Liz, Silas' mistress, was in between. Theirs was a built-in love triangle with its own rewards and its own dangers. In New York these con-artists do a 'business deal' worth millions. But back in London Silas' plan to bilk an emergent African nation misfires. Then Bob takes over the running of the operation and Liz. A Beirut bank is their target and each member of the trio gets what he or she deserves, each with a twist of lemon.

Blood, Tears and Folly

release date: Jun 01, 1999
Blood, Tears and Folly
Explores and analyzes some of the myths and realities of the war of both the Allied and the Axis powers.
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