Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler was a British author known for his spy novels and thrillers. He is often credited with transforming the genre by introducing a more realistic and sophisticated style. Some of his most famous works include 'The Mask of Dimitrios' and 'A Coffin for Dimitrios'.


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  1. 1. The Mask of Dimitrios

    The book is a classic espionage thriller that revolves around a crime novelist who becomes intrigued by the story of a notorious criminal, Dimitrios. The novelist's curiosity leads him on a journey across Europe, tracing the steps of Dimitrios, who is believed to be dead. As he delves deeper into Dimitrios's world of political intrigue, drug trafficking, and murder, he finds himself caught up in a dangerous game with life-threatening consequences.

    The 667th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Cause for Alarm

    "Cause for Alarm" is a thrilling novel set in the backdrop of pre-World War II Europe. The protagonist, a British engineer, gets entangled in a dangerous world of espionage and international politics when he is sent to Italy for work. He unknowingly becomes a pawn in the deadly game between British and Italian intelligence agencies, leading to a series of thrilling and suspenseful events. The book is a gripping exploration of the world of spies, secret agents, and the looming war.

    The 2223rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Epitaph For A Spy

    In this classic espionage thriller, a humble language teacher vacationing in a small French coastal town finds himself embroiled in a high-stakes game of international intrigue when he is mistakenly accused of being a spy. To prove his innocence, he must identify the real spy among the eclectic guests staying at his hotel, using only his wits and the help of a few reluctant allies. As he navigates a labyrinth of deception, danger, and diplomatic tensions, the protagonist discovers that in the shadowy world of espionage, trust is a commodity as scarce as it is valuable. This gripping narrative masterfully combines suspense, character study, and a vivid portrayal of pre-war Europe on the brink of conflict.

    The 3490th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Journey Into Fear

    This classic espionage thriller follows the harrowing journey of an English engineer, Graham, who, while on a business trip to Istanbul during World War II, becomes entangled in a deadly web of international intrigue. After discovering that Nazi agents are plotting to assassinate him in order to prevent his return to England with crucial military intelligence, Graham is forced onto a dilapidated Italian freighter sailing back home. The voyage turns into a perilous game of cat and mouse as he tries to evade his pursuers with the help of a motley crew of allies. Amidst the backdrop of the turbulent seas and the looming threat of global conflict, Graham's journey becomes not only a fight for survival but a test of his own resolve and courage.

    The 3490th Greatest Book of All Time