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As for Ambler, the experience may or may not have given him a taste for concocting plausible fictions with a pseudo-technical bent, but it certainly showed he had a talent for it.

Cause For Alarm by Ambler, Eric

That contemporary readers were prepared to take it at face value is perhaps a sign of how severe those shortcomings were. Once in Milan, however, he discovers the Italian way of doing business, where bribes and rake-offs are common currency. His work has an air of realism about it that seems to me to be missing from the more gung-ho stories of his predecessors such as Sapper, John Buchan and Dornford Yates.

It’s the late s ? Good only, lacking original jacket, facsimile supplied. To an extent it’s a victim of its own success: The part that lost my interest was when Marlow ends up accused of bribery by the Italian edic and has to escape the country while being hunted down by the police.

The ambience amblee wonderfully described from the dank fog of Milan to a riveting man hunt which I will not reveal any more about for fear of ruining your entertainment. In he had divorced his first wife, Louise Crombie, an American fashion journalist he’d met in Paris in the late s, and married Joan Harrison, who co-wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hithcock’s Rebecca and produced more than episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.


Cause For Alarm by Eric Ambler (1938)

There was no gripping edge-of-your-seat scene not typical of your other favorite amlber novels. The style and especially the dialogue remind me of the great hardboiled masters Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about hi. So far, the only one I’ve really enjoyed fr Epitaph for a Spy This one didn’t really work for me either.

Aug 28, Elizabeth Alaska rated it really liked it Shelves: I felt the book was on a level with the best of modern thrillers but the aspect I most enjoyed was the picture of intrigue and politics as the second world war approaches. Out of desperation he accepts a job as a Milan based sales representative of a “My dear Mr. A short, fast-paced, intensely gripping novel, set over the course of a few days in Novemberit was written during “the year in which Italy invaded Abyssinia, civil war broke out in Spain and Hitler ordered the German army to reoccupy the Rhineland,” as Ambler says in Here Lies.

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Turns out Marlow studied engineering using the textbook written by this famous mathematician but when Beronelli denounced Fascist intimidation and bullying he was thrown out of the university, banned from teaching anywhere, and ended up having a nervous breakdown. In fact, Ambler started a trend for engaging, historically and politically aware, credible spy fiction that has since given us such wonderful writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, Charles McCarr I love reading espionage fiction.

Maybe there is an editor in the Boxall’s selection committee who read this in and liked it so much and that he now insists that this should not be dropped from the list. Nick Marlow, a British engineer, gets a job representing a firm in Milan and winds up entangled in bribery and espionage mostly because he’s stubborn and rather naive when it comes to politics. In brief, the story features a young unemployed Brit, Nicky Marlow, who takes a job at an overseas arm of a British armaments producer, in Italy, in the late s.


Jul 06, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: But the action picks up very well, with relentless manoeuvres that draw a naive technical businessman into a web of espionage.

Industry has no other end or purpose than the satisfaction of the business man engaged in it. The Axis of Germany and Italy had recently been established – the villain of this piece was one German in particular, and also the general fascist movement in Italy. Although the book is readable and uses straight, guy-friendly “no-frills” narration, the plot is just so typical and there is nothing extraordinary about it.

Out of desperation he accepts a job as a Milan based sales representative of a British company that makes machinery for the manufacture of grenades.

Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Ambler’s second book of intrigue. The probable Soviet spy Zaleshoff, is given a much easier ride but his motives are always questioned.

A VG copy in a fair dust jacket.

Possible BCE as no price on dj. Kenton is introduced as he waits in the cold at Nuremberg station in the middle of the night; he is trying to get to Vienna, because he’s lost all his money and got into debt playing poker dice; there’s a man in the Austrian capital, a Jew he helped to escape from Munich two years earlier, from whom he thinks he might be able to borrow money, although he’d really rather not have to ask. It is almost like a monotone song.

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