Epitaph for a Spy


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141924411
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living in France, is enjoying his first break for years in a small hotel on the Riviera. But when he takes his holiday photographs to be developed at a local chemists, he suddenly finds himself mistaken for a Gestapo agent and a charge of espionage is levelled at him. To prove himself innocent to the French police, he must discover which one of his fellow guests at his pension is the real spy. As he desperately tries to uncover the true culprit's identity, Vadassy must risk his job, his safety and everything he holds dear.

Epitaph for a Spy


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307484343
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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When Josef Vadassy arrives at the Hotel de la Reserve at the end of his Riviera holiday, he is simply looking forward to a few more days of relaxation before returning to Paris. But in St. Gatien, on the eve of World War II, everyone is suspect–the American brother and sister, the expatriate Brits, and the German gentleman traveling under at least one assumed name. When the film he drops off at the chemist reveals photographs he has not taken, Vadassy finds himself the object of intense suspicion. The result is anything but the rest he had been hoping for. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Epitaph for a Spy


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141190310
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 2148

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Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living in France, is enjoying his first break for years in a small hotel on the Riviera. But when he takes his holiday photographs to be developed at a local chemists, he suddenly finds himself mistaken for a Gestapo agent and a charge of espionage is levelled at him. To prove himself innocent to the French police, he must discover which one of his fellow guests at his pension is the real spy. As he desperately tries to uncover the true culprit�s identity, Vadassy must risk his job, his safety and everything he holds dear.

Cause for Alarm


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 030794994X
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market is pretty slim in Britain in 1937. So when his fiancé points out the Spartacus Machine Tool notice, he jumps at the chance. After all, he speaks Italian and he figures he’ll be able to endure Milan for a year, long enough to save some money. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth of his predecessor’s death and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas. In the process, Marlow realizes it’s not so simple to just do the job he’s paid to do in fascist Italy on the eve of a world war.

Journey Into Fear


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307949966
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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A thrilling, intense, and masterfully plotted classic suspense tale from one of the founders of the genre. Returning to his hotel room after a late-night flirtation with a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul boîte, Graham is surprised by an intruder with a gun. What follows is a nightmare of intrigue for the English armaments engineer as he makes his way home aboard an Italian freighter. Among the passengers are a couple of Nazi assassins intent on preventing his returning to England with plans for a Turkish defense system, the seductive cabaret dancer and her manager husband, and a number of surprising allies.

Uncommon Danger


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141190345
Category: Fiction
Page: 236
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With a new Introduction by Thomas Jones 'A crackerjack spy story, jammed with action, intrigue, thrills and super-villainy' Saturday Review Kenton's career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics and his quick judgement. Where his judgement sometimes fails him, however, is in his personal life. When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top-level meeting of Nazi officials, he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling. Stranded with no money, Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border. Yet he soon discovers that the documents he holds have far more than cash value - and that they could cost him his life . . . 'Ambler combines political sophistication, a gift for creating memorable characters and a remarkable talent for turning exciting stories into novels of wonderful entertainment' Chicago Tribune

A Kind of Anger


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307950034
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Eric Ambler is at the top of his form with A Kind of Anger, which expertly combines a satire of paparazzi-driven media culture with a classic espionage tale filled with breathless suspense. Six weeks ago, Lucia Bernardi fled the Swiss villa where her lover was murdered—and then she vanished. No one can find her: Not the police, who want her for murder; not the tabloids, who want her for her story; nor the real killers, who desperately want the papers she spirited away from the scene of the crime. Disgraced reporter Piet Maas stumbles upon Lucia, in hiding in the south of France. There he must decide whether to publish her story—reviving his career but guaranteeing her death—or to join in her perilous extortion scheme, and risk both their lives for the promise of profit.

The Dark Frontier


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0345802659
Category: Fiction
Page: 258
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While on holiday, Professor Harry Barstow, a renowned physicist, crashes his auto, awakening in the persona of adventurer Conway Carruther, the hero of the novel he had been reading.

Passage of Arms


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 030795000X
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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In this classic thriller, two American tourists find more adventure than they bargained for when they get involved with Chinese gun smugglers and Muslim revolutionaries, learning first hand about the intrigue of the post-colonial world. Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip, see some of the more out-of-the-way places. But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore. So when the gracious Mr. Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureaucratic detail involving a consignment of small arms, Greg is surprisingly receptive. All he has to do is sign some papers, he’s told, and he’ll be paid a handsome fee. And everything does go smoothly, until it comes to getting a check co-signed by the rebel leader… From the Trade Paperback edition.

Summer

A Novel
Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 290
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SINCE her reinstatement in Miss Hatchard's favour Charity had not dared to curtail by a moment her hours of attendance at the library. She even made a point of arriving before the time, and showed a laudable indignation when the youngest Targatt girl, who had been engaged to help in the cleaning and rearranging of the books, came trailing in late and neglected her task to peer through the window at the Sollas boy.

The Siege of the Villa Lipp


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307950042
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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The “Able Criminal”, as defined by noted criminologist Frits Krom, strikes with no discernible pattern or method, and flies below the radar of crime syndicates and law enforcement agencies alike. He is virtually uncatchable—but Krom is willing to try. He knows that Paul Firman, the director of an ostensibly legitimate international investment firm, is in fact an expert in tax avoidance and a textbook Able Criminal. Surprisingly, Firman agrees to submit to an interview with Krom and his two colleagues at his secluded villa on the French Riviera. He’s more than a little curious about what they really want from him and confident he can avoid implicating himself. But it soon becomes evident that the host and his guests are under siege by a third party, one whose motives and violent intentions are unclear. If they are to survive, the criminal and the criminologists will have to band together. The Siege of the Villa Lipp is a classic Eric Ambler tale of suspense in which a man thrust into a high-stakes situation, far outside of his usual expertise, finds himself at the mercy of forces beyond his control.

A Coffin for Dimitrios


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
ISBN: 9780786703647
Category: Fiction
Page: 214
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While vacationing in Istanbul, an English novelist decides to investigate the intriguing past of one of Europe's most sinister criminals

To Catch a Thief


Author: David Dodge
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 162681600X
Category: Fiction
Page: 158
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The classic mystery later turned into an Academy Award-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock, this startling whodunit still resonates today with wit and danger. “Le Chat” is a legend. He is a mystery. He is a jewel thief, famous and elusive for being able to swipe anything and get away clean. He is John Robie, retired and living a quiet life, tending his rose garden in the South of France. But his retirement plans are thrown for a loop when a series of robberies too closely resemble the work of “Le Chat,” and the police start digging into Robie’s past. To keep himself free, and with the help of an equally mysterious young woman, John Robie will have to catch the true thief, before the police catch him.

The Aerodrome

A Love Story
Author: Rex Warner
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0099511568
Category: Fiction
Page: 302
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A model of efficiency and order, the aerodrome stands on the hill looking down on the village below. Roy, coming of age in the messy, violent, and adulterous world of the villagers, is simultaneously attracted and repelled by this strange place and by the powerful figure of the Air Vice-Marshal. Soon he is led to leave his family, his friends and his love in order to join the aerodrome and confront the secrets of this mysterious and sinister place. Michael Moorcock, author of the Elric novels, contributes an introduction.

The Secret Pilgrim

A Novel
Author: John le Carré
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 1524797626
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Intriguing . . . magisterial . . . The many ingredients are skillfully marshaled. . . . Lucidly and elegantly controlled.”—The New York Times Book Review The rules of the game, and of the world, have changed. Old enemies now yield to glasnost and perestroika. The killing shadows of the Cold War are flooded with light. The future is unfathomable. To train new spies for this uncertain future, one must show them the past. Enter the man called Ned, the loyal and shrewd veteran of the Circus. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, Ned thrills all as he recounts forty exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across Europe and the Far East—an electrifying, clandestine tour of honorable old knights and notorious traitors, triumph and failure, passion and hate, suspicion, sudden death, and old secrets that haunt us still. Praise for The Secret Pilgrim “Scorching . . . fascinating . . . seductive . . . a dazzler.”—Entertainment Weekly “Powerful . . . a highly absorbing tale.”—Newsday “Extraordinary.”—USA Today

Seven Blind Mice


Author: Ed Young
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 039925742X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 36
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In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

Our Man in Havana


Author: Graham Greene,Clive Francis
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1783192674
Category: Drama
Page: 118
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Jim Wormold, an under-employed vacuum cleaner salesman living in 1950s Cuba, is struggling to pay for his teenage daughter’s increasingly extravagant lifestyle. So when the British Secret Service asks him to become their ‘man in Havana’ he can’t afford to say no. There’s just one problem...he doesn’t know anything! To avoid suspicion, he begins to recruit nonexistent sub-agents, concocting a series of intricate fictions. But Wormold soon discovers that his stories are closer to the truth than he could have ever imagined... In Clive Francis’ adaptation, Graham Greene’s classic satirical novel becomes a wonderfully funny and fast-moving romp.

The Night-Comers


Author: Eric Ambler
Publisher: Ipso Books
ISBN: 9780993278426
Category:
Page: 220
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Steve Fraser is looking forward to his final weekend of a three-year stint on the Southeast Asian island of Sunda when Islamic terrorists attempt to seize control. When the government launches a counter attack, Fraser finds himself caught in the crossfire.

A Hero of Our Time


Author: Mikhail Lermontov
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191640816
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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'After all that - how, you might wonder, could one not become a fatalist?' Lermontov's hero, Pechorin, is a young army officer posted to the Caucasus, where his adventures - amorous and reckless - do nothing to alleviate his boredom and cynicism. World-weary and self-destructive, Pechorin is alienated from those around him yet he is full of passion and romantic ardour, sensitive as well as arrogant. His complex, contradictory character dominates A Hero of Our Time, the first great Russian novel, in which the intricate narrative unfolds episodically, transporting the reader from the breathtaking terrain of the Caucasus to the genteel surroundings of spa resorts. Told in an engaging yet pointedly ironic style, the story expresses Lermontov's own estrangement from the stifling conventions of bourgeois society and the oppression of Russian autocracy, but it also captures a longing for freedom through acts of love and bravery. This new edition also includes Pushkin's Journey to Arzrum, in which Pushkin describes his own experiences of Russia's military campaigns in the Caucasus and which provides a fascinating counterpoint to Lermontov's novel. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.