The dead hand of a long-defeated Nazi Third Reich reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech in Deighton's second novel, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The Ipcress File, but finds Dawlish now head of the secret British Intelligence unit, WOOC(P).
The Ipcress File was a debut sensation. Here in the second Secret File, Horse under Water, skin-diving, drug trafficking and blackmail all feature in a curious story in which the dead hand of a long-defeated Hitler-Germany reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech, and to all the neo-Nazis of today's Europe.
The detail is frightening but unfaultable; the story as up to date as ever it was. The un-named hero of The Ipcress File the same: Insolent, fallible, capricious - in other words, human. But he must draw on all his abilities, good and bad, when plunged into a story of murder, betrayal and greed every bit as murky as the waters off the coast of Portugal, where the answers lie buried.
"Lively, exciting, ingenious" (Observer)"Quite marvellous… funny too" (Punch)"A master of fictional espionage." (Daily Mail)"The poet of the spy story." (Sunday Times)"Deighton is so far in the front of other writers in the field that they are not even in sight" (Sunday Times)"Nobody now seriously doubts that Deighton is the most credible of all the spysmiths" (The Scotsman)"I want to raise a cheer to Mr Len Deighton whose unnamed hero in his second brilliant thriller is all too like the rest of us except that he works for MI5" (Financial Times)"Mr Deighton is really something special" (Sunday Times)
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