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Colonel Haki, a Turkish government official rumoured to be head of the secret police, shows the body to Charles Latimer, an English academic-turned-crime-writer wintering in Istanbul. The second half is an exciting escape story as he and the mysterious Zaleshoff try to escape to Yugoslavia, with a well plotted tale that had me at times at the edge of my seat. Feb 20, Eadie rated it really liked it Shelves: Anyway, our main character, a production engineer named Nicholas Marlow has just lost his job “owing to circumstances beyond the control of the Board” – business is slow and labor is too expensive so near London, so the book says anyway.

Mar 08, Kimmo Sinivuori rated it it was amazing. Started out well but the last third dragged. Ambler’s second book of intrigue. Kenton’s and Vadassy’s difficulties are a nice combination of bad judgment and bad luck; Latimer’s a bit too much of a fool. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Cause For Alarm by Ambler, Eric

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As the plot thickens and the tension builds, we worry that Marlow may meet the same fate as his predecessor, who was the victim of a vehicular manslaughter which we see in a brief prologue. It is a typical Ambler thriller: By the late 50s, deep erkc the cold war, the story of a British or American innocent abroad stumbling into trouble was an increasingly difficult one for an intelligent writer to tell.

Scratched area on spine, faint soiling to cloth.

Sixteen years later, the corpse of Dimitrios Makropoulos, gangster, drug-runner, murderer, washes up in the Bosphorus with a stab wound to the stomach. After over two months of looking for another job, he responds to an advertisement by an English engineering company, the “Spartacus Machine Tool Company”. Such scenes of physical violence as he had encountered in his work had upset both his digestion and his mental processes.

Cause for Alarm

The part that lost my interest was when Marlow ends up accused of bribery by the Italian state and has to escape the country while being hunted down by the police. May 16, Garrie Burr rated it really liked it. The dor vivant Irish-American — who along with other great directors from Hollywood like George Stevens and John Ford took time out Preface sets you up for another classic Ambler and highlights what a remarkable character he was himself.

I am anbler to read all Ambler’s pre-war thrillers, having heard them all raved about. He’s pleased with the originality caue the twist – the butler did it – but is too busy with the corpses of murdered Greek gangsters actually to write the novel, and so generously offers his notes to Latimer.


The relationship between Germany and Italy – the Rome-Berlin axis that was formed in the latter half of the s – provides a backdrop to the plot and there is a tangible sense of the looming war that would shatter Europe just a few years later.

Corners bumped, small stains. It eic that they need a man who has an engineering background and who can speak Italian to head up that branch because the previous manager was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The timing sucks because a day prior to his layoff, he proposed to his fiancee. Hardcover in dust jacket.

Returning to London, he was asked to compose a erkc release extolling the bogus virtues of a batch of dodgy bulbs for car headlights. Eric Ambler was one of the granddaddies of the spy novel. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.

Sign up to receive offers and updates: That must be because he was British and his subject matter was the lead up to the Second World War. Whenever anyone had a conversation with a spy or a possible spy they had a drink and a cigarettethe same thing to relax, the same thing to stop relaxing and get to work. The problem is that I’ve read and seen a lot of books and movies about innocent people who are forced to flee while being followed by dangerous people, and this book didn’t contain anything very new and exciting.

Able to speak some Italian, Marlow gladly accepts, secretly deciding that he will quit the job again as soon as possible to go back to England and get married.