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The Light of Day by Eric Ambler
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May 20, 10

bookshelves: read-fiction

This is what your grandma thought was good airplane reading, and she had better taste than you. And by now it's also charmingly old-fashioned; if these criminals had had cell phones, the book would have been over in ten pages.

Some people read books also vampires and zombies to get scared but, for me, ordinary people are terrifying enough without supernatural embellishment. In this case, Ambler's "hero" is your average overweight sociopath with no apparent problem with completely trashing people's lives because of some imagined slight, or maybe just to get some spare cash. He really comes to life and seems like he could be like any person passing you on the street. And then, to top it off, Ambler manages to make this guy look sympathetic by mixing him up with a bunch of characters who are far, far worse. They don't write 'em like this anymore.
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