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Not for those who want a racy, action packed set of spies, but for me Deighton's depth of characterisation and relationships more than makes up for his usually slow pace. Read full review
4 stars from me, but only in the context of the 8 preceding books. What a wonderful series, beautifully drawn characters built around a fascinating premise of realising you know nothing about the person you thought you intimately knew!
Although Charity has been written to tie up the loose ends, I agree with some of the other reviewers of being left with nagging inconsistencies. For example, after trying to stage the elaborate death of Fiona, in Charity she is now wheeling, dealing and traipsing around Europe - you would think that her previous employers at the first opportunity would take her out !
What I love about these books is the feeling that this is what the spy game's really like, long periods of routine activity, argy bargy with office politics and very intense periods of freaking terror! To my mind the only other author who can do this as well as Len is La Carre.
Bernard as the anti-hero within a conservative bureaucratic system is fantastic, he is like a Raymond Chandler character, tough as nails, a bit of a smart arse, with (sometimes) a heart of gold. I enjoyed as a reader how you áre not necessarily told everything he is thinking at any one time, but may be given an explanation of his take on events later in the story. Also, the irony of his family suburban life; "Honey I'm home, these bruises, oh I walked into a door, how are the kids".
I'm going to really miss all these wonderful characters.