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The Wrong Side of the Sky

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A chance encounter in an Athens bar with war-time flying buddy sets Jack Clay on the trail of the Nawab of Tungabhadra's missing fortune, hi-jacked out of India years before at the time of partition.Maybe there would be nothing much in it for him at the end of the day, but it sure beat the hell out of growing old and obsolete together with the dilapidated Dakota in which h ...more
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Published January 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury Reader (first published 1961)
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David Evans
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Former RAF pilot, Gavin Lyall’s first novel is a thriller focussing on jobbing pilot (write what you know), the morally ambiguous Jack Clay, who plies his trade around the Mediterranean flying a clapped out 17 year old Dakota, the airborne equivalent of a tramp steamer. He’s world weary and seems to have lost the ambition to better himself and fly for one of the big airlines. Running into an old but more successful friend and colleague in an Athens hotel bar Jack takes an opportunity to ferry a ...more
Eldon.shirkley
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite thrillers and I have just finished reading it again. In the book one of the characters says to the pilot after a particularly skilful landing, "I'd forgotton about you. You do forget about people". Well, I had forgotten just how terrific a writer Gavin Lyall was. He had done National Service as a pilot in the RAF and it shows in his knowledgeable writing. The tough characters, exotic locations (Greece and Lybia), technical flying details, and top-class writing make fo ...more
Igenlode Wordsmith
There is an inevitable betrayal at the end of the book, but it's not the one I was expecting it to be, which left an unexpected sense of grateful relief.

I was hooked by the level of aviation detail in the first Gavin Lyall novel I picked up, entirely by chance (I was astonished to discover later that he was married to the author of my invaluable "Cooking in a Bedsitter", and in fact was almost certainly responsible for the 'male' chapter in that!) This one is another novel about pilots and flyin
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Sam Reaves
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another old favorite. Lyall served in the RAF, and several of his early thrillers involve aviation themes. This one's about a cargo pilot in the eastern Mediterranean in the early '60's, looking for a chance to score big with some jewels that went missing in India in the turbulence at partition. The action moves from Athens to Tripoli (Libya) and beyond. Classic adventure of a type they don't write any more ...more
Jeff James
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrills par excellence

A fast paced post WW2 gun running thriller centered around hairy escapades flying a clapped out DC3 across the Med. Great aeronautical input and sardonic ex RAF hero
meltem
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
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Robert Hart
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of all Gavin Lyall's books - and the first one I read, many decades ago.

The protagonist, Jack Clay, flies a battered DC3 around the Mediterranean sea for a small cargo charter company. The other, Ken Kitson, is a wartime friend now the personal pilot for the Nawab of Tungabhadra, in Pakisitan. The story revolves around an ammunition box of jewelry that went missing during the partition of India in 1947 and the two pilot's attempts to find it for themselves.

The flying sequences are v
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Robert Mcknight
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
typical Gavin Lyall. Technical items correct and interesting story
Susan Ferguson
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fiction, nook-owned
I enjoyed this book. I like the writing style. The writing is crisp, lots of twists. Jack Clay is a pilot for a carrier firm that hauls passengers and freight.Hhe is at the airport in Athens with his co-pilot Rogers, a young pilot with not enough experience as far as Jack is concerned. He is working on his plane because water got in the fuel at a Turkish airport. While he is working he sees a plane come in and knows from the landing, exceptionally good, that it's an old buddy of his. He and Ken ...more
Samantha
Typical Gavin Lyall adventure/thriller.
Amy
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, 2016, 2020
Really reminded me of East of Desolation...guess what I'll be reading next? ...more
James M
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-war2
An ex-RAF pilot gets caught in a global race to find missing jewels.
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Gavin was born and educated in Birmingham. For two years he served as a RAF pilot before going up to Cambridge, where he edited Varsity, the university newspaper. After working for Picture Post, the Sunday Graphic and the BBC, he began his first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, published in 1961. After four years as Air Correspondent to the Sunday Times, he resigned to write books full time. He w ...more

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