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Books Fiction Crime Fiction. Twinkle, twinkle, little spy by Len Deighton 07 June Category: Crime Fiction. A Soviet space scientist defects to win academic freedom, but western intelligence has other plans for him, and sends an unnamed spy - perhaps the same reluctant hero of The Ipcress File - to look after him.
But what follows is a blood-streaked trail across three continents. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Spy reveals a more mature Deighton exploring relationships between couples: professional rivals and private allies, spy and counter-spy, master and slave. A high-speed chase through the desert, tricky slippery driving at a hundred miles an hour, leads to the inevitable end of all high-speed chases ie they turn a corner and head straight into a flock of sheep blocking the road, take evasive action, crash against rocks, lose their wheels, hurtle down a precipice, mangled metal, breaking glass, juddering to a halt, moans of pain, sound of petrol gurgling etc.
The narrator comes round in an Arab hospital where he finds all of them have survived and been patched up. As soon as Mann is conscious he insists on hiring another car and setting off in pursuit. They finally reach the point where the Bekuv team turned off into the desert and follow their tracks till they are intercepted by armed guards just before reaching a vast camp in the middle of nowhere.
Bekuv refuses to believe him. In a final rather strained betrayal, Red persuades Mrs Bekuv to pretend to her husband that she, Red, is dead, murdered on his orders. In the last sentences of the novel they see a flash of light and then hear the bang — as the narrator expected, a Soviet plane has vapourised the tracking centre, taking Professor and Mrs Bekuv along with it. Improbable and tangled though the plot has been, the tone has been far more business-like, sober and hard than in the previous books. The appearance of a lesbian sex scene might be interesting to historians of LGBT themes in literature, or novels.
But then, why care about any of it? After numerous adventures, the Unnamed Narrator retrieves the list and consigns it to the Intelligence archive. The Russians double-cross the British by not smuggling the scientist; Vulkan double-crosses the British by selling the non-existent scientist on to Israeli Intelligence; the Narrator double-crosses the Israelis by giving them the corpse of Vulkan who he has killed instead of the scientist; and is himself almost double-crossed by a Home Office official who tries to assassinate him in the closing scenes, in order to retrieve the valuable documents.
But our Teflon hero survives and laughs it all off with his boss. A character from Funeral In Berlin , Harvey Newbegin, inducts him into the organisation and shows him the Brain, the vast computer which is running everything, before absconding with loot and information, and then meeting a sticky end in Leningrad.
After many diversions, including an induced LSD trip, he is ordered to hand over US nuclear secrets to a Chinese scientist, with a view to emphasising to the Chinese just how destructive a nuclear war would be and therefore discouraging them from even contemplating one. Three or four genuinely powerful ones. Our man nearly gets shot by the right-wingers and killed by Russians in the Arctic, before realising the whole thing was an elaborate scam by his old boss, Dawlish, and his new boss, the American marine General Schlegel, to scupper German reunification talks.
Via old contacts the narrator realises Champion is active again, but working for Arabs who are planning some kind of attack on Israel and which the narrator must foil. We follow a senior detective at Scotland Yard, Douglas Archer, living in defeated dingy London, coping with his new Nazi superiors, and solving a murder mystery which unravels to reveal not one but several enormous conspiracies.
Convoluted, intermittently fascinating and sometimes moving, but not very gripping. With devastating consequences. It provides vital background information about nearly all of the characters who appear in the Bernard Samson novels, so is really part of that series. The final impression is of a harrowing world where everyone is deceiving everyone else, on multiple levels.
Australian doctor and ex-Vietnam War veteran Ralph Lucas finds himself caught up with Marxist guerrillas fighting the ruling government in the fictional South American country of Spanish Guiana and, after various violent escapades, inveigled into joining the long, gruelling and futile trek through the nightmareish jungle which dominates the second half of the novel.
The novel comes to a climax against the violent backdrop of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in April Most of the characters and readers are still reeling from the bloody shootout when his wife returned from her undercover mission to East Germany at the climax of the previous novel. This book re-acquaints us with all the well-loved characters from the previous stories, in a plot ostensibly about smuggling a KGB colonel out from the East, but is really about who knows the truth — and who is trying to cover up — the real cause of the Fiona-escape debacle.
Silas commissioned Jim Prettyman to be the middle-man and instructed him to murder the actual assassin, Thurkettle. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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Cocktails in New York They take Bekuv to New York, where the English and the American agent who are paired for the duration of the novel chaperone and guard the defector. Christmas in the Catskills Mann decides he must take the Bekuvs, his own wife, the narrator and Red somewhere safe, so they drive to an obscure resort in upstate New York for Christmas. Hank in France Which is where the narrator and Mann promptly fly to confront him. Buried in Ireland The duo fly to Dublin, rendezvous with local police and motor out to the farm, on the face of it owned by a local family but leased out to a consortium of German investors, where Douglas Reid-Kennedy was reported to be based.
My lesbian lover When the narrator arrives at the safe house in the middle of nowhere, guarded by numerous CIA security heavies, and is frisked and goes into the house, he hears cries from upstairs, runs up and discovers — his one true love on her knees pleasuring the naked Mrs Bekuv sprawled across the bed. Shootout at the airport Suddenly the narrator is called to airport where Hart has taken the senator hostage and is insisting on the Bekuvs joining him on a flight to Algeria.
Back to the desert A patched-up Mann and narrator fly back to Algiers where they hook up with pukka old Brit Percy Dempsey, who we met in the opening chapter. More chase The narrator comes round in an Arab hospital where he finds all of them have survived and been patched up.
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