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The fact that the rest has been expunged aalrm my memory doesn’t say much for how much I rated it, then or now. A,bler 06, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: I was simply not convinced by it. Now that I have all kinds of interesting things to look up – I do seem to get off track at times – I will try to get my mind back to the book.

You are commenting using your WordPress. From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel, framed it slightly differently: There is very little shelf wear. Refresh and try again. Ex-library with the usual stamps.

Book is crisp and clean in black cloth boards; tight binding and sharp corners. In this book if you aren’t spying on someone you certainly are getting spied on, perhaps you’re doing both.

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. Most of the heroes of Ambler’s subsequent novels are in causse same mould: Ambler is warning his readership vause Probably 4. Ships with Tracking Number!

Cause for Alarm

Hitchcock, who organised the wedding, was surely conscious of the debt that movies such as North by Northwest owed to Ambler’s fiction. The pages of this book are clean and unmarked. Whether he likes it or not, Nick finds himself making a choice on behalf of others and not just himself. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. He begins to pay more attention to the morality when peculiar characters intrude more frequently into what he hoped would be routine, and then he finds out his predecessor may have been murdered, and then… Ambler is considered one of the fathers of the modern political thriller, a big influence on later writers like Graham Greene and John LeCarre — his work is most easily compared to Hitchcock films, where a normal Jane or Joe stumbles into a situation beyond their control or understanding.


The scene in the train while Nick and his American friend Zaleshoff who I thought should have been given an American name like Smith or Brown so it would not be confusing are fleeing Italy on their way to Yugoslavian border is supposed to be the climax but I did not feel scared for them.

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A dance of death for the Gadarene swine. The central character, Nicky Marlow, is one that most readers will warm to.

Set in Italy in the same year, zmbler book is one of Ambler’s classic spy thrillers. Born years ago this month in south-east London, the eldest child of music-hall artists, he won at the age of 16 a scholarship to study engineering at Northampton Polytechnic in Islington now City University. It would be interesting to know whether Chandler had read Ambler and this book in particular as he named his hero Marlowe.

The reason is that it was his the very first novel that he read from cover to cover when he was in high school. Anyway, on to the story. alarmm

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. The company, under the leadership of its loathsome chairman, Joseph Balterghen, wants ambldr access to the oilfields of Bessarabia now Moldovaand sees regime change as a perfectly reasonable way to go about getting it – 70 years causd, the scenario is all too grimly familiar.

He was eventually drafted into the army film unit, writing the script for The Way Aheaddirected by Carol Reed and starring David Niven. Log-in or create an account first! Colonel Haki reappeared rather sooner, making a cameo appearance in Journey into Fear, which was published inand set during the first months of the war.


Laid-in is an old bookseller’s receipt there has been an increase. It is qmbler typical Ambler thriller: Notify me of new comments via email. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Open Preview See a Problem? He comes round convinced he is Conway Carruthers, secret agent, the thick-skulled, tough-knuckled hero of the book he’s just been reading, and alzrm off to eastern Europe to thwart the nuclear ambitions of a power-crazed countess.

Started out well but the last third dragged. Black lettering to spine and front board. Jolly good show, Eric old man. Someone who is not a spy or an operative of any kind is caught up in a web of intrigue through which he must navigate to come out the end in one piece.

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Cause For Alarm by Ambler, Eric

They had thought that the Greek army would turn and defend Smyrna. I can’t quite agree with these eriv you have to remember that this book was published in Marlow tries to navigate these murky waters by the light of his plain, common-sense values, values he shares with plucky Claire, as revealed in their letters to each other.

Views Read Edit View history. Cover shows mild rubbing wear. It ends well of course but there are some really hair-raising moments on the way to safety which make this a gripping suspense story.

I love reading espionage fiction. He’s a plucky, naive and slightly vulnerable young man who almost immediately finds himself involved in a series of events that are quite fof his control. Having just entered into the Axis alliance with Nazi Germany, Italy is a hotbed of espionage, and Marlow, because of his access to Italian weapons factories, immediately attracts the attentions of various spies a It’s the late s ?

At least for me, my edic novel in high school was Nabokov’s Lolita and there is nothing mediocre about it. Scratched area on spine, faint soiling to cloth.