Books: Current & Various: Feb. 18, 1966

THE BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN by Len Deighton. 312 pages. Pufnam. $4.95.

Len Deighton's spy stories are superior matriculants in the Fleming school, and can be swallowed like Chinese food. They give great pleasure while being consumed, but in an hour or two the consumer is hungry again. No one, probably not even Deighton, can follow a Deighton plot. Like its forerunners, The Ipcress File and the bestselling Funeral in Berlin, this one winds along a serpentine of intrigue that defies both credibility and comprehension. It involves an anonymous secret agent, a fetching and murderous Finnish girl, a linear computer that can call...