Eric Ambler





Eric Ambler

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born
in London, The United Kingdom
June 28, 1909

died
October 22, 1998

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Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early 1930s, and quickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality. He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John Le Carre once described him as 'the source on which we all draw.'

Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm, then as a copywriter at an advertising agency, while in his spare time he worked on his ambition to become a playwright. His first novel was published in 1936 and as his reputation as a novelist grew he turned to writing full time. During the war he was seconded to the Army Film Unit, where he wrote, among other projects, The Way Ahead with Peter Ustinov.

He moved to Hollywood in 1957 and durin...more


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A Coffin for Dimitrios
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 2,921 ratings — published 1939 — 56 editions
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Epitaph for a Spy
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,406 ratings — published 1938 — 23 editions
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Journey Into Fear
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,168 ratings — published 1940 — 29 editions
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Cause for Alarm
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 392 ratings — published 1938 — 23 editions
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The Light of Day
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 392 ratings — published 1962 — 36 editions
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Background to Danger
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 371 ratings — published 1937 — 21 editions
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Passage of Arms
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 255 ratings — published 1959 — 21 editions
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Judgment on Deltchev
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 1951 — 20 editions
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The Schirmer Inheritance
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 1953 — 20 editions
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State of Siege
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 1956 — 22 editions
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“Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through it”
Eric Ambler, Dirty Story

“Yet, when these facts are seen side by side with other facts in the case, it is difficult not to become lost in superstitious awe. Their very absurdity seems to prohibit the use of the words 'chance' and 'coincidence.' For the sceptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman Law, it is administered with sub-human inefficiency.”
Eric Ambler, A Coffin for Dimitrios

“Reality is always so obstructive.”
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