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Funeral in Berlin (original 1964; edition 1964)
by Len Deighton
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0586045805, Paperback)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...
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A Red Army colonel offers to sell an important Russian scientist to the West. This Cold War deal quickly turns into a chess game, were players use ruthless tactics against their opponents moves.
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