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Blackout In Gretley by J.B. Priestley
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Mar 05, 2011

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It surprises me when I discover a new book by an author I know, and I'm familiar with Priestley. This is an exciting read, shades of Buchan's Mr. Standfast and Graham Greene's Ministry of Fear. A briskly written WWII thriller, full of interesting types, English settings, adventures, crisp dialogue. Clever set pieces not unlike those in Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. Atmosphere that reminds me of Launder & Gilliat's Green for Danger. I'm halfway through, so it may lose some of its snap before the end. It includes the familiar prejudices of the time. Why have I never heard of it? Why is it out of print? Why wasn't it made into a film?

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