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A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
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Nov 18, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, espionage, classic

For a deeper examination, I recommend Ron's review — sorry; that review appears to have been deleted!

I will add: Ambler is the grandfather of the psychological espionage novel, according to no less than Alan Furst, the current grand-master of the genre. As noted in most reviews here, A Coffin for Dimitrios isn't actually an espionage novel, but a detective novel. But the detective isn't working for or with the police, and explores the underworld intrigues of international criminals, so has more in common with espionage than a
romans policiers. It should also be noted that this is definitely not an action-packed thriller -- is has little to do with Ludlum (although Ludlum acknowledges to his inheritance with The Ambler Warning) and absolutely nothing to do with Clancy; his novels are character driven and psychological, Furst by way of le Carré.

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Reading Progress

November 18, 2008 – Shelved
November 18, 2008 – Shelved as: fiction
November 18, 2008 – Shelved as: espionage
November 18, 2008 – Shelved as: classic
Started Reading
February 12, 2009 – Finished Reading

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