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The Siege of the Villa Lipp

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In the shadowy areas of international law criminals work hard at figuring loopholes. One such wheelerdealer is Paul Firman. He pursues his own ends in a quiet, unobtrusive way. Why would anyone want to bother about him?

But he is unaware that an obsessive academician, Professor Krom, has stumbled on Firman's activities and is determined to expose him. Two of Krom's colleag

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Published June 1st 1977 by Amereon Limited (first published 1977)
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Danny M
Mar 13, 2012 Danny M rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: READERS OF SPY ADN MYSTERY NOVELS
Recommended to Danny by: AUTHOR KNOW TO READER
ERIC AMBLER WAS HTE PREMIER AUTHOR OF SPY AND MYSTERY NOVELS DURING THE 50'S AND 60'S. THE BOOKS SOLD IN LARGE NUMBERS AND ALTHOUGH THE BOOKS ARE OUT OF PRINT THEY CAN BE FOUND IN USED BOOK STORES AND LIBRARIES AT REASONABLE PRICES. THE BOOKS IS A VERY EXCITING TALE THAT WILL HOLD YOUR INTEREST. AMBLER BOOKS DO NOT HAVE THE BELLS AND WHISTLES OF TODAY'S SPY AND MYSTERY NOVELS, BUT THEY ARE MORE BELIEVABLE AND WILL HOLD YOU IN SUSPENSE. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS NOVEL.
Graham Moody
Aug 10, 2009 Graham Moody rated it really liked it
I added Eric Ambler to my author list on the recommendation of a friend. He compares favorable with Graham Greene.
Derek Collett
Eric Ambler is of course best known (and deservedly so) for his early novels such as The Mask of Dimitrios and Journey into Fear. Some of his later novels (particularly The Levanter) can almost rival his early works although they generally tend to be constructed in a very different way and to be written in rather a different style; others, such as Doctor Frigo, have left me very cold (sorry about the pun). Like The Care of Time, the most recent of Ambler's late fiction that I have read, Send No ...more
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Jun 23, 2013 Margaret1358 Joyce rated it it was amazing
This is a high-tension thriller with little of the lyricism I look for in a narrative, to balance the action.Instead there was delicious irony and wry humour --but not enough to really balance out the nerve wracking tension and pace of it. So, on a personal level, it was not wholly to my liking; but as a representative of the thriller genre, it was magnificent. Never have I read such a thoroughly intriguing and intelligently drawn tale - one that brings in brilliantly wide-ranging references to ...more
icaro
è la prima volta che, dopo decenni di letture, un po' mi delude. Per essere un libro degli anni '70 mostra una capacità di preveggenza straordinaria del mondo che verrà (le astuzie dei malfattori in colletto bianco). Ma la trama è un po' contorta. Al solito, i dialoghi, e l'ironia sono sono il punto di forza del racconto. E l'ambiguità del protagonista - chissà se stupido pasticcione o astuto truffatore - è cio che, al solito, amo di Ambler perchè lascia al lettore l'onere del giudizio nello ste ...more
Ossian
Dec 11, 2013 Ossian rated it did not like it
I am about a quarter of the way in, and what an odd feeling. I trust Ambler to have a decent plot, characters, suspense, all that, but so far one of the central devices used in the book - the notion of the Able Criminal as a distinct human type, a subject of scientific study - feels terribly anachronistic for a story written and set in the 1970s. The finger-wagging Professor Krom, a figure straight out of Conan Doyle, superimposed on tax havens and the EEC, feels odd.

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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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