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Intrigue: Journey Into Fear, A Coffin For Dimitrios, Cause For Alarm and Background to Danger

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From dust jacket notes: "If you are one of the hundreds of thousands who already know Eric Ambler's superb 'thrillers' - he hates the word himself, but there is no other convenient designation for these extraordinary tales of undercover plottings and spies at work - you will certainly want this book. If you have not yet read Ambler, you have been missing the man who is abs ...more
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Published 1960 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1943)
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Michael
Apr 19, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
The settings of both "A Coffin for Dimitrios" and "Journey Into Fear" include Istanbul as a starting point, which later influenced Ian Fleming's plotting for his From Russia With Love. I believe James Bond (Sean Connery) is seen reading one or the other of these books as he settles into his sleeper car accomodations on the Orient Express in the film (as an homage to Ambler). Both these novels also contain the enigmatic figure of Colonel Zia Haki, chief of the Turkish secret police. Does anyone k ...more
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Feb 23, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is a rare and special collection, featuring four of Ambler's six between the wars "Golden Era" novels. The only real classic missing is Epitaph for a Spy. The novels range from good (Background to Danger) to extraordinary (Dimitrious). Reading Dimitrious will forever compromise the way you feel about Graham Greene's The Third Man, which a tremendous debt to Ambler's masterpiece. Hitchcock wrote the foreward. What else do you need to know?
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Feb 06, 2013 Teatime rated it it was amazing
I love Eric Ambler. Some of the stories in this collection are among his best. I wish it also contained "Epitaph for a Spy." Excellent overall. I also enjoyed the insightful prologue by none other than Alfred Hitchcock.
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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,
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