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The Salzburg Connection

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,423 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Twenty-one years ago, with the Allies on their heels, the Nazis hid a sealed chest in the dark, forbidding waters of the Finstersee - a lake surrounded by the brooding peaks of the Austrian Alps.

One of the few men who knows of its existence is Richard Bryant, a British agent. Very early one morning, half-hidden by the swirling mists, he sets out alone to discover the secre
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 12th 1985 by Fawcett (first published 1968)
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☯Emily
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
I read this book for the first time soon after its original publication in the late 60's. I loved it and inspired an interest in suspense novels and especially all books by Helen MacInnes. Would love to find the time to read it again.
Teri-K
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I discovered MacInnes' books decades ago as a young girl when I enjoyed these Cold War stories of innocent Americans caught up in the machinations of Nazis, Communists, Red Chinese, and the other splinter groups that made up the bad guys in spy novels of that era. What I liked the best was the fact that our protagonists were regular people who found themselves in extraordinary situations and had to use their own resources to survive. It's been a long time since I read one of these and I'm intere ...more
Elisabeth
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I read MacInnes' first novel Above Suspicion a couple of years ago, and thought the story was pretty good but the writing could be clunky on occasion. One thing I can say for The Salzburg Connection is that by this point in MacInnes' career, nearly twenty years later, that issue had smoothed itself out. She still retained the curious trait of suddenly switching character POV within the same scene, even within the same paragraph; what we'd call head-hopping today. Personally I don't mind that tra ...more
Glorianne
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
First class story- interesting characters, logical yet surprising plot twists, suspense the whole way through!
Alice
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1960s, spies
I found this a little harder to get into than most of MacInnes's novels - it's long, with a big cast - but ultimately rewarding. I liked the Austrian setting and the reminder that events from the Second World War remained significant into the Cold War (and today).
Katrina
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Salzburg Connection is a great read. I'm going to be tracking down the rest of her books. https://piningforthewest.co.uk/2017/0...
Jeff Swystun
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The premise was deeply attractive. Hidden Nazi treasure to fund the Fourth Reich. That treasure protected by Nazis during the Cold War. Americans, Russians and Brits all closing in on the prize. How could it go wrong? Well to be succinct, it is long-winded, boring and the characters stereotypical and one-dimensional. It was my first Helen MacInnes and obviously disappointing but I intend to really research her other efforts and pick a stronger effort. If anyone can help me out that would be appr ...more
John
Jul 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Nazis, Russians, Brits, and Americans all converging on the same remote Austrian mountain village. Throw in a few alliances,double-crosses and triple-crosses, amateur and professional spies, a lawyer, an editor and several innocent bystanders mix them all up in Cold War Europe and you have one terrific spy-novel. What's in that Finstersee box anyway?
Sidney
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, a great suspense, mystery that is CLEAN!!! The book was published in 1968. I think I am going to try and check out other books by this author. Yea!!!
Lewis Weinstein
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ms. MacInnes wrote spy thrillers before almost anyone else. They are still outstanding reads.
Jennifer
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is my mom's favorite author and she has me hooked. I really enjoyed this book due to its setting and its high level of intrigue.
Kara
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Out of the box for me, but it was pretty good. The main character kind of bugged me though. Whenever he saw a pretty woman it reminded me of a dog seeing a treat.
Polly
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ah, exciting, well-written, Cold War-era spy fiction--with romance. Not my favorite genre, but nice every now and then.
Todd Hogan
This bestseller from 1967 did not age well. It's strength is suspense, in other words, delaying gratification. The first chapter was a great example of setting up a situation, then playing it out over the course of the chapter. However, it went down hill from there. There were too many characters, many with multiple identities, some with multiple allegiances. The motivation of the characters is suspect, with many of them acting for the convenience of the plot, and not driving the plot. The concl ...more
Robert
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. MacInnes wrote "Connection" nearly fifty years ago but it still scare the socks off of me. A Cold War novel at its finest, the plot follows intrigues on to enigmas on to puzzles. The dreadful aftermath of World War II remains as it terribly impacted some of the characters. Nazis, Communists, Beautiful ladies but who can our hero trust?
Sue-Lynn Voigt
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I knew this book was written in 1968, but maybe with all the new technology, I expect more from my mysteries. The book was a bit long winded and not a favorite. Glad I read it, but I think probably will be the last for me. Maybe it is just with the technology and twists of modern day "who done its" I found the book really rather boring.
Fay Green
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is extremely boring. Could not get into the story or characters at all. Too many characters to keep track of. I guess if you like James Bond type spy novels you may enjoy it since it seems to have gotten a lot of 4 star ratings. My first Ebook and was so disappointing. I forced myself to finish because I'm not a quitter. At least I didn't buy it. It was borrowed from the library.
Millstone
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Started well, finished satisfactorily, lost its way a bit in the middle and could have done with being a bit shorter, but jolly good stuff of its kind all the same. Low on plausibility but higher on escapism and oddly nostalgic.
Barry Fulton
Spy vs. spy vs. spy vs. New York lawyer. Post-war Austria is overrun with spies representing the Soviet Union, former Nazis, Western powers--all determined to capture the contents of a box hidden deep in a mountain lake. The first half of the book is a compelling read, but then becomes tedious.
Joseph
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
1960s Austrians, Americans, British, Communists, all trying to get the secret Nazi strongbox hidden in an alpine lake....
Chelsea
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

Helen MacInnes has been labeled "the queen of suspense" by some, and I think I would probably agree with that based on my impressions of The Salzburg Connection. The plot revolves around a box hidden in an Austrian lake, and all of the people who are trying to find it or prevent it from being found. This results in there being a lot of moving parts, but MacInnes handles it well. She's also rather unique in the world of cold war spy novel
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C.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A retired British spy runs a photography shop with his loving wife. He finished a book of Austrian lakes, for the Swiss branch of a New York publisher and happens to write New York instead of his usual liaison. A lawyer arrives to explain they can find no contract and only publish scientific material. The American finds a distraught wife instead of her husband and the name signed on the couple’s advance cheque, is no one they know.

I’m accustomed to 300-page mysteries and “The Salzburg Connection
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Ed
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This 1968 espionage novel is set in 1966. It is somewhat dated, especially when compared to the technology laden suspense novels being published currently. There are no cell phones or computers.
It seems almost quaint that the goal is a chest hidden in Finstersee by the Nazis, 21 years earlier at the end of WWII. Undercover Nazis want to keep the location and its contents hidden, a group of spies sponsored by the Chinese through a cell in Poland want to get their hands on it but they are infiltra
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Ferne
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading mysteries as did many of my generation with The Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene. Then it was on to the romantic mystery genre as developed by Mary Stewart and espionage novels by Helen MacInnes. This espionage novel is undoubtedly one of the best ever for its time.

This work of fiction is plush with setting descriptions and intricate details of the chase to discover if the rumor is true that an old chest containing Nazi war documents is submerged in the midst of an Austri
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Terry
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
What is buried in a lake in the Austrian mountains? Are Bill Mathison and Lynn Conway in over their heads? Whose side is Felix Zauner really on? Where is Eric Yates? Why are Chinese agents in Zurich? How are the British and American agents involved? Who and what is Elissa Lang? This thriller was 10 months on the Times best seller list and maintains its page-turning power today.

It starts with a long set up that gives the wrong impression of who the main character will be. But then the pace speed
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Gibin Mathew
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Boring !
This was a slow and tiring read !

After long time I have been reading book of this genre (spy thrillers) . My previously read from this genre have been "Ken Follet" and "Frederich Foresynth" and obviously my expectations were high. This book was slow and less exciting. There is not much suspense and thrill in this story, hence a disappointing read.

Most of the characters in this story lack depth and purpose. Many of them seems forcefully fitted into a spot which was quiet unwanted. The ma
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Helen
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this. The first chapter which details the removal and hiding of a box of Nazi materials from an Austrian lake sets up the whole situation, including Richard Bryant's murder.Everything seems to flow naturally from this, the arrival of a New York lawyer representing a publishing house to investigate a cheque supposedly issued by the publisher's agent as an advance on a book the publisher would not in a million years have added to their list. Bryant's widow is immediately involved in all th ...more
Shubha Sarma
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
A brilliant book, on an oft-written theme, with an entirely fresh perspective and treatment. The story traces the post-World War II period, when most countries in Europe are engaged in cloak and dagger encounters. There are the Soviets, the Americans, the Brits and of course the Germans who are determined to recoup their losses after Hitler's downfall. At the centre is a deep, dark lake- Fintersee- which hides more secrets than one can imagine.
The book was absorbing and the story unpredictable.
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Theresa
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has long been one of my favorite reads. First discovered as a teenager in my hometown's public library, and reread many times through the years, I am happy to say that it held up beautifully to a recent indulgence! The suspense grips from the opening moments at a misty lakeside in Austria where a box hidden by the Nazis at the end of WWII to the final resolution. the characters are smart and identifiable, the story intriguing. Now of course certain business of the story like the suddenly sh ...more
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Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-American author of espionage novels. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1928 with a degree in French and German. A librarian, she married Professor Gilbert Highet in 1932 and moved with her husband to New York in 1937 so he could teach classics at Columbia University. She wrote her first novel, Above Suspicion, in 1939. She wrote many bestsell ...more
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