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by Len Deighton

eBook Yesterday's Spy download ISBN: 044630882X
Author: Len Deighton
Publisher: Grand Central Pub (October 1, 1983)
Language: English
ePub: 1891 kb
Fb2: 1663 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action and Adventure

Len Deighton - Yesterday's Spy. (1975).

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Yesterday’s Spy. Annotation. Author: Len Deighton. Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012. Time to reopen the master file on yesterday’s sp. his 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.

Yesterday's Spy book.

No,’ I said, but without much conviction. I didn’t want to argue with him. He opened the shutters so that he could see the charcuterie across the alley. ing from shredded carrot to pig feet. Yes, you would,’ he insisted. Look at that time we booked you into the St Regis, and you went into a cold-water walk-up in the Village. If this place had some kind of charm, I’d understand. But it’s just a flophouse. For a long time he was.

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Yesterday’s Spy - Len Deighton. The discomfort was more than made up for by the friendliness of the Swabian couple who worked so hard and kept so cheerful and let us into the kitchen to learn some secrets of south German cooking. We stayed in that lakeside village for months. My two sons went to school nearby and my understanding of the German south and its people proved valuable for my book Winter, which I wrote there using one of the earliest laptop computers. We were all sorry to depart.

It seems like only yesterday,’ he said. He poured the tea. ‘You were too young to be a correspondent for an American newspaper, but I knew you were not working for the Germans.

Leonard Cyril Deighton (/ˈdiːtən/; born 18 February 1929) is a British author. Deighton is considered one of the top three spy novelists of his time (along with Ian Fleming and John le Carré). In addition he is a highly acclaimed military historian,. In addition he is a highly acclaimed military historian, cookery writer, and graphic artist. The IPCRESS File (1962), his first novel, was an instant bestseller and broke the mould of thriller writing. The Sunday Times called him "the poet of the spy story"

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Deighton's interest in spy stories may have been partially inspired by the arrest . Deighton then worked as an airline steward with BOAC.

Deighton's interest in spy stories may have been partially inspired by the arrest of Anna Wolkoff, which he witnessed as an 11-year-old boy. Wolkoff was a British citizen of Russian descent who was a Nazi sp. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, in 1960, as an art director in a London advertising agency. Deighton also published a series of cookery books and wrote and drew a weekly strip cartoon-style illustrated cooking guide in London's "The Observer" newspaper – "Len Deighton's Cookstrip".

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Comments: (7)
Deighton's mostly unidentified agent goes by the name of "Charlie" when he is identified in this book. It's a vintage Deighton book, a clever plot, lots of aptly described local color, some nice little aphorisms here and there and all of it wrapped in the charmingly well written, affable perspective of Deighton's man. I recommend it without reservation.
The book's narrator Charley (work name during WW II Charles Bonnard), was a very young SIS agent when he was dropped by submarine on the south coast of France. His brief was to make contact with the Communists, the only French deemed reliable at the time, and build a network of spies and helpers. Miraculously, the network survived until the end of the war, except for the French priest Marius, its leader, who was betrayed and killed by the Gestapo.
Times are turbulent in the early 1970s. The third Arab-Israeli war, the oil embargo, Olympic athletes killed and airplanes hijacked. Oil-rich Arab countries are expected to become rich beyond imagination.
Some 25 years later, the surviving members of the network are gravitating towards Nice. Not as a reunion party, but because of the career choices of some of its former members, who have kept a weary eye on each other ever since the war ended. When one former member of the wartime spy network is rumoured to help, and is perhaps already busy providing Arab countries with what they cherish most, powerful weapons, perhaps the ultimate one, Charley is ordered to investigate and insinuate his way into one of his former spy colleagues' new life and entourage...
This is a brilliantly plotted spy novel, which has not aged over time. Len Deighton (LD) has created a remarkable cast of people, including an abrasive US colonel who was involved with the WW II network, a former Gestapo investigator of the network turned spy for West Germany, the betrayed Marius' two sisters and the Jewish, Communist person whom Charley approached first in 1941.
Creating characters like Charley was LD's challenge to the credibility of the best known spies of the era, George Smiley and James Bond. Charley is working class, resourceful, weary and respects no one. His accent is that of Burnley, UK. He can pass for a bum or a successful businessman. He lives in bed-sits and chaotic flats.
Authentic background, great characters, good plot. But who betrayed Marius?

Finally, LD has written some 40 volumes of highly acclaimed fiction and faction about espionage and warfare. His WW II books are unsurpassed, e.g. SS/GB about the German occupation of GB. Fans, wherever you live, review his books, to keep him/them in print.
Yesterday's Spy by the legendary Len Deighton is narrated by its protagonist, a veteran British intelligence officer who answers to the name Charlie. A good quarter century before the events described in Yesterday's Spy take place, Charlie was just starting his career in intelligence in occupied France during WWII. One of Charlie's colleagues from that remote era, the enigmatic Steve Champion, is now suspected of collaborating with a foreign nation whose military goals are at odds with Britain's and those of the Western world in general. Charlie finds himself in the unenviable position of investigating his former comrade-in-arms.

On the negative side, the plotting of Yesterday's Spy is farfetched and altogether too convoluted. Still, the book is deserving of a four star rating for the following two reasons: First of all, Deighton's prose is first rate, frequently absolutely brilliant. Secondly he consistently shows respect for the intelligence of the reader by not over explaining all the complex details that tie the story together.

A far from perfect spy novel but worthwhile reading for fans of the genre.
Over the decades, there was always one trait that Len Deighton maintained in his protagonist: mistrust of virtually all around him. And this trait kept him alive more often than his skills as an agent for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). Those who have read most/all of his books know that Deighton "indexed" the character's age through a number of phases. The first phase was Harry Palmer, the anti-hero agent of the 1960s so unlike James Bond (though somewhat like Alec LaCarre's Alec Leamas). The last phase was Bernard Samson, the middle-aged working class hero who was betrayed at every twist and turn by everyone and anyone with whom he came in contact. Samson was also the character that, perhaps, was the least likeable version of the character because it was clear about midway through the nine-volume story that his view of the world was colored by his own flaws. The middle phase is a transitional one. While still a veteran of World War Two, the character appears younger, or at least more naïve. He's also a long-term SIS agent, no transfer to WOOC (P), though Dawlish is here, albeit in a more lofty position of authority. There's also a bit of muddiness to the character; he's not quite the same across all three books that comprise this middle phase. Looking forward, this series of books also marks the onset of personal tragedies that boil to the surface in the Samson books.

Yesterday's Spy is the middle book of the three. Its premise is that a person will do whatever it takes to acquire and retain that which is most important to them. For Charlie - the nom-de-jour, if you will, of our protagonist - his mission is to decipher and ultimately thwart the plans of his mentor/father figure, Steve Champion. The journey of discovery requires he retrace his steps back to WW2 and his first meeting with Champion in occupied France. As he does this, he comes in contact with all the players from that time and, like peeling an onion - an analogy that the author has used several times in his novels - Charlie finds ever more layers that reveal an odor of deceit and betrayal. While a cliché, one has to say it: No one is who they seem to be.

That tenet extends to Charlie's superiors who - perhaps due to fears he is compromised by his long-term relationship with Champion (itself an interesting choice of names, don't you think?) or because of the dictum of `need-to-know' - have had him checking up on the man for years via the ruse of chance meetings. Just like Charlie, the reader comes to believe there is more they know and less they tell about the relationship between the SIS and Steve Champion. Throughout the story, one is constantly forced to consider the possibility events have been staged to cause a specific effect. More than once, our spy has to ponder which party speaks the truth - - knowing full well that the answer is neither.

And when Steve Champion's goal is determined and the process that will be used to achieve, we are still left with ambiguity. Did Champion develop the plan himself or was it "suggested' to him. And, if the latter; then by whom? Even the climax is a bit ambiguous. Did Champion actually do what he presented himself as doing or was it all a notional sleight-of-hand that would achieve the same purpose? Either way, had the plan succeeded, Champion would have gotten what he really wanted. And what about Charlie? Well, he goes on, having done his job; having been let down and goes home, presumably back to his next assignment.