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Alfred Hitchcock's Sinister Spies

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Stories of espionage and daring intrigue for young people. A collection of brilliantly told spy stories by writers like W. Somerset Maugham, Edgar Wallace and Eric Ambler, chosen by that master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published 1966 by Random House
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Fiona
"...we have an ally which is proof against floggings, an ally which no man in the history of the world has been able to defeat. That ally is Truth."


Delving into literature of the 1950s is both amusing and intriguing. Although just over half a century has passed since the Second World War and its aftermath, it really does feel like you're being transported back to another era, almost another world.

Europe is celebrating its recent victory over Germany, and England has once again proved herself
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Nov 19, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Maybe it's my nostalgia talking—I first read Alfred Hitchcock's Sinister Spies when I was about 12—but this book holds up fairly well to re-reading as an adult. It contains ten short spy stories, including one by the well-known spy novelist Eric Ambler and another by W. Somerset Maugham. Eric Ambler's is, unsurprisingly, the best of the lot, but most of the others are rather enjoyable as well, particularly "The Strange Drug of Dr. Caber" and "Code No. 2". The two disappointments here are Maugham ...more
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Aug 16, 2011 Bill rated it it was ok
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Of all places, I found this on the bookshelf of a gap year boarding house on a remote island in Vanuatu. It couldn't have been more of a contrast to my surrounding! So I read it.
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Mar 10, 2008 Carol rated it it was amazing
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One of my favorites when I was a kid!
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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an iconic and highly influential film director and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres.

Following a very substantial career in his native Britain in both silent films and talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and became an American citizen with dual nationality in 1956, thus he also remained a British subject.

Hitchcock dire
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