Funeral in Berlin

DEIGHTON, Len. Funeral in Berlin.

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

8vo. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; upper board printed and embossed with a stamp design to upper cover; in the original dust-wrapper (clipped, but retaining price); pp. [viii], 9-319; a few light marks to boards; light discolouration to wrapper, especially at the top edge; light even toning to paper stock, with a few light spots here and there; a good copy.
First edition of 'Secret File No. 3' featuring Harry Palmer.
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.

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