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  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241505519
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

Spy Story



A classic Cold War thriller featuring computer hacking, nuclear submarines and violence on the Arctic ice

Computer games run in a classified war studies centre in London. Nuclear submarines prowl beneath Arctic ice. And war games go into real time. Patrick Armstrong - possibly the same reluctant hero of The IPCRESS File - is sent to investigate.

Patrick Armstrong is a tough, dedicated agent and war-games player. But in Armstrong's violent, complex world, war-games are all too often played for real. Soon the chase (or is it escape?) is on.

From the secretive computerized college of war studies in London via a bleak, sinister Scottish redoubt to the Arctic ice cap where nuclear submarines prowl ominously beneath frozen wastes, a lethal web of violence and double-cross is woven. And Europe's whole future hangs by a deadly thread...

Spy Story is the most authentic and brilliant novel of espionage yet from the world's greatest writer of spy thrillers.

  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241505519
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Len Deighton

Len Deighton is the author of over thirty bestsellers of carefully researched fiction and non-fiction. His history writing was encouraged by A. J. P. Taylor and his books are noted for the picture they provide of the German side of the fighting as well as that of the Allies. His books include Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain and Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II, both published by Pimlico.

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Praise for Spy Story

The spy story at its best.

The Times

His best so far.

Observer

A cracking story.

Evening Standard

Cool, intricate plotting ... excitement and applied violence ... exactly how entertainment should be written.

Daily Mirror

Authentic thrills of chase and capture ... impressive.

Sunday Telegraph

Len Deighton's spy novels are so good they make me sad the Cold War is over.

Malcolm Gladwell

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