Spy Sinker

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

When Bernard Samson first appeared on the scene, in BERLIN GAME, it was as a semi-retired field agent forced by circumstances quite beyond his control to reenter the shadow world of active operations—a situation made all the more dangerous by his realization that there was a traitor among his colleagues. Bernard triumphed, but at the cost of unmasking his own wife as the traitor.

In subsequent appearances, Bernard Samson found himself accused of complicity in his wife’s treason, while engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the one person who knew him best. Samson managed to survive, only to discover that Fiona was not a traitor but a highly placed double agent.

SPY SINKER reprises the five Samson novels (with reference to WINTER, which dealt with Bernard’s father) from the viewpoint of Fiona. The reader is exposed to parts of the tale left untold until now. Fiona’s story reveals the leadership of London Central to be totally bereft of morality, humanity, or even common decency.

Each of the previous novels may be, to a considerable degree, enjoyed without reference to preceding volumes. Such is anything but the case with SPY SINKER. Prospective readers are enjoined to reread the earlier works so as to become au courant with the intricacies of the Samson saga. Nevertheless, this may be the best novel of the entire group.