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A Good Place To Start

Journey Into Fear 1

A Bad Place To Start

The Siege of the Villa Lipp 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Eric Ambler (1909 - 1998)

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joecowley April 24th, 2007 11:09 PM PST

What a wonderful writer. He's the granddaddy of the spy novel, way before Graham Greene or John LeCarre (LeCarre's not in his league). As my Readers' Encyclopedia says: Ambler's writing is notable for the deftness of his style and the realistic portrayal of the characters in his work. I've read Mask, Journey, Coffin, and Judgment in the list above. Also Siege, which I didn't care for as much. Several of his novels have been made into movies. Start with Journey Into Fear.


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Eric Ambler was an English novelist and screenwriter. Ambler is best known for his realistic novels of espionage, usually dealing with ordinary Englishmen who find themselves enmeshed in a web of international intrigue. He has written two or three more novels than are listed here, but I would imagine they are out-of-print. Most of the others can be purchased in paperback. Joseph Cowley

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