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However, cakse is a remarkably prescient book given it was written in the ‘s and set in Mussolini’s Italy in the manner in which it treats the Axis relationship and certain sensitivities surrounding it. Colonel Haki, a Turkish government official rumoured to be head of the secret police, shows the body to Charles Latimer, an English academic-turned-crime-writer wintering in Istanbul.

Your purchase also supports literacy charities. For the unrelated movie starring Loretta Youngsee Cause amblfr Alarm! Knopf, Tight and clean, no internal marks or imprints. As for Ambler, the experience may or may not have given him a taste for concocting plausible fictions with a pseudo-technical bent, but it certainly showed he had a talent for it.

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Then there is this: I really enjoyed reading this story. How can they survive? Marlow learns the hard way that personal, business and political loyalties are often in conflict with each other, and that alafm there is no way of making a straightforwardly right choice. Ambler’s stories satisfy the yearning we all have for a good story, well told.

On a cruise around the Far East with his wife, he gets involved in a spot of gun-running.

They had thought that the Greek army would turn and defend Smyrna. Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler.

There are many modern writers who need to learn that particular skill. Light foxing on the endpapers. Both men, it turns out, are working for eic governments who are after information that Marlow can easily obtain because of his access to armament manufacturers throughout Italy.

With the six novels he wrote in the years leading up to the second world war – five of which have just been reissued by Penguin Modern Classics – Eric Ambler revitalised the British thriller, rescuing the genre from the jingoistic clutches of third-rate imitators of John Buchan, and alxrm it in a more realist, nuanced and leftishly intelligent – not to mention exciting – mould.


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Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler

When the war was over, he got a job in the movies, working as a scriptwriter and producer for Ealing Studios and J Arthur Rank – his credits include The Cruel Seaadapted from Nicholas Monsarrat’s novel, and A Night to Rememberstarring Kenneth More as second officer on the Titanic – and later moving to Hollywood.

Ambler writes in a classic hardboiled style that is very appealing to me. And of course he was right. Ambler was at his best in the ‘s, but his later works aren’t so bad, either. Ambler is becoming a favourite of mine.

There is no way Marlow could legally leave Italy, especially after an arrest warrant has been issued for him by the authorities. But Zaleshoff accurately predicts this is only bait for, once Marlow has sent a report or two, Vagas will have enough evidence to blackmail him into doing significantly more work, namely writing additional reports about everything he sees and overhears as he goes about his legitimate visits to Italian munitions factories. The probable Soviet spy Zaleshoff, is given a much easier ride but his motives are always questioned.

I would not even have considered the job if I had not been desperate. Mar 08, Kimmo Sinivuori rated it it was amazing.

I wonder why he did that, and I also wonder why Charles Rodda didn’t get any credit. A VG copy in a fair dust jacket. It seems that they need a man who has an engineering background and who can speak Italian to head up that branch because the previous manager was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

But the Greek army had fled. However, it is the escape from Milan through the North Eastern Italy to safety in Yugoslavia, after the Italian authorities discover the plot that Marlow is mixed in, which forms the best part of the book. It is an altogether more complex and treacherous world than Marlow had imagined and he — and the reader — are hopelessly out of their depths. Nella foto un giovane James Mason. Having just entered into the Axis alliance with Nazi Germany, Italy is a hotbed of espionage, and Marlow, because of his access to Italian weapons factories, immediately attracts the attentions of various spies a It’s the late s ?


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Return to Book Page. Some erasures and worn spots on endpapers, small ink notation “p. The unclipped First State DJ has the price of 2. Maybe he did, I’ll have to go look him up tooI have a,bler spent ten minutes looking for Charles Rodda and have found nothing so far poor guy so I decided to return to the book eriic the man who wrote this book and I’ll continue my search later.

Lists with This Book. It was very entertaining and I enjoyed it.

Anyway, our main character, a production engineer named Nicholas Marlow has just lost his job “owing to circumstances beyond the control of the Board” – business is slow and labor is too expensive so near London, so the book says anyway. Enjoyable espionage story of a young Engineer in need of a job who takes a posting to Milan in the shoes of someone whose death was suspicious, and finds himself out of his depth in a world of corruption and intrigue as the European powers jockey for position in the run up to World War II.

Two further books were published between then and his death in Paperbackpages. Jul 12, James Smith rated it really liked it. James Pepper Rare Books, Inc. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. An attempt is made on his life in his hotel in Istanbul: