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  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241505465
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.00

Only When I Larf




A comedy thriller about three New York con artists whose biggest heist goes awry

The three confidence tricksters had a style that earned them millions. Silas was the leader, slick and self-assured - but dissatisfied. Bob was the junior partner, longing for the open road where pickings were rich and the living was easy. And Liz, Silas' mistress, was in between. Theirs was a built-in love triangle with its own rewards ... and its own dangers.

In New York these con-artists do a 'business deal' worth millions. But back in London Silas' plan to bilk an emergent African nation misfires. Then Bob takes over the running of the operation - and Liz. A Beirut bank is their target and each member of the trio gets what he or she deserves - each with a twist of lemon.

  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241505465
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Len Deighton

Len Deighton is the author of over thirty bestsellers of carefully researched fiction and non-fiction. His history writing was encouraged by A. J. P. Taylor and his books are noted for the picture they provide of the German side of the fighting as well as that of the Allies. His books include Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain and Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II, both published by Pimlico.

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Praise for Only When I Larf

For sheer readability he has no peer.

Evening Standard

Deighton has shown himself to be the most protean of British best-sellers.

John Sutherland, London Review of Books

What raises Deighton's genre to art is not only his absorbing characters but his metaphoric grace, droll wit, command of technical detail ... and sure sense of place.

Andy Solomon, Washington Post

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