Books: End Game

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...

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