SPY SINKER by Len Deighton
HarperCollins; 374 pages; $21.95
What spy novelist Len Deighton tries here must be nearly impossible: winding up a closely plotted six-volume thriller -- lugging all the bodies offstage and making sure that each one has a tag attached to a toe -- and still writing a creditable novel. He makes a good job of it with a clever change of focus.
All will remember, of course, that Bernard Samson, England's rough-cut intelligence agent in Berlin, was bamboozling communist Stasi operatives with great success until his beautiful and highborn wife Fiona defected to East Germany and set...