Funeral in Berlin
Funeral in Berlin

DEIGHTON, Len. Funeral in Berlin.

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DEIGHTON, Len. Funeral in Berlin. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.

8vo., original black cloth, printed and embossed with a stamp design to upper cover and lettered in gilt to spine; in original unclipped Raymond Hawkey photographic dust-jacket; pp. 319, [i]; a very good copy, with some white marks to covers and a few very light stains and scratches to outer edges; jacket lightly toned and creased; a very good copy.
First edition of 'Secret File No. 3' featuring Harry Palmer, inscribed by Deighton to the title page: "To Tom and Jackie/ Len Deighton."
Preceded by The IPCRESS File (1962) and Horse Under Water (1963), Funeral in Berlin revolves around an unnamed protagonist, who travels to Berlin to arrange the defection of a Soviet scientist. The novel controversially brought about a lawsuit in the UK, when Deighton mentioned that Brock's fireworks, a real UK company, were hazardous. In 1972, Penguin ommited the contested passage.
In 1966, the novel was made into a feature-length film starring Michael Caine and directed by Guy Hamilton.