By Gene Lyons
Updated February 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST
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FAITH Len Deighton (HarperCollins, $24) One spy novelist for whom the collapse of the Soviet Union hasn’t forced a complete imagination overhaul is the endlessly resourceful Deighton. So what if the Cold War has ended? Deighton once wrote a quite entertaining novel, SS-GB, on the premise that Hitler had conquered England. Anyhow, straight melodrama has never been his style, nor that of Bernard Samson, the sardonic British agent and protagonist of Deighton’s two masterful trilogies. Faith opens in 1987. Samson’s wife, Fiona, has recently returned to London as a heroine after infiltrating the East German Stasi, a mission that had required convincing even her husband that she’d been a traitor. What to do about Gloria, the young woman to whom Bernard had turned in his grief and anger? And what to tell the children? Then there’s a chancy task that needs doing on the other side of the Berlin Wall-and Samson’s the only man who can bring it off. Sound familiar? It should. Nevertheless, Deighton’s wry wit and engaging storytelling almost never disappoint. B+

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