Goodbye Mickey Mouse, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In Goodbye Mickey Mouse Len Deighton has written his best novel yet: a brilliant, multi-dimensional picture of what it is to be at war...and what it was to be in love in the England of 1944.

Goodbye Mickey Mouse is Deighton's fourteenth novel and a vivid evocation of wartime England, the story of a group of American fighter pilots flying escort missions over Germany in the winter of 1943-4.

At the centre of the novel are two young men: the deeply reserved Captain Jamie Farebrother, estranged son of a deskbound colonel, and the cocky Lieutenant Mickey Morse, well on his way to becoming America's Number One Flying Ace.

Alike only in their courage, they forge a bond of friendship in battle with far-reaching consequences for themselves, and for the future of those they love.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780586054482



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So-so. It read quickly, like most of Deighton's work, but just didn't seem to engage me like his more intricate spy thrillers do. Follows the story of Jamie Farebrother and Mickey Morse, two American fighter pilots in Britain, flying to protect bombers, with Morse on a tear to beat Richenbach's record for most kills. (SPOILER)Romantic intrigue abounds, resulting in the errant death of a minor character (a PR lieutenant). Farebrother's father, a general, is there at the end to witness his son's death after cracking up on the runway during a takeoff. Morse finds and marries his brother's fiance, raises his son, and they all live happily ever after. Ho-hum.

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