A Coffin for Dimitrios

A Coffin for Dimitrios

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by Eric Ambler
     
 

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A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel with a penchant for British crime novels leads mystery writer Charles Latimer into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers throughout the Balkans in the years between the world wars. Hoping that the career of the notorious Dimitrios, whose body has been identified in an Istanbul morgue, will inspire a plot for his…  See more details below

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A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel with a penchant for British crime novels leads mystery writer Charles Latimer into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers throughout the Balkans in the years between the world wars. Hoping that the career of the notorious Dimitrios, whose body has been identified in an Istanbul morgue, will inspire a plot for his next novel, Latimer soon finds himself caught up in a shadowy web of assassination, espionage, drugs, and treachery.

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"To say he is held in high esteem by his writing colleagues would be an understatement," Symons remarks in an article for the London Times. At a lunch held in honor of Ambler, Symons reports, such writers as John le Carre, Frederick Forsyth, Gavin Lyall, and Lionel Davidson were in attendance. Le Carre said that Ambler's novels "were the well into which everybody had dipped," while Graham Greene cabled a greeting: "To the master from one of his disciples."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307949950
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
108,476
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Eric Ambler is often said to have invented the modern suspense novel. Beginning in 1937, he wrote a series of novels that were touted for their realism, in which he introduced ordinary protagonists who are thrust into political intrigue they are ill prepared to deal with. In the process he paved the way for such writers as John Le Carr?, Len Deighton, and Robert Ludlum. He was awarded four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger from The Crime Writers Association, named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers Association, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. In addition to his novels, Ambler wrote a number of screenplays, including Rebecca, which he collaborated on with his wife, Joan Harrison. Eric Ambler died in 1998.


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A Coffin for Dimitrios (Charles Latimer Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's true that Eric Ambler provided a model for Graham Greene, John Le Carre and other first-class literary novelists. Greene called him "our greatest thriller writer." But in my opinion this book is not his best, despite its reputation for being so. His most perfect novel may Background to Danger, more satisfying for characters that you can care about and scenes of true danger and escape.
ProfessorBoh More than 1 year ago
The reviews are correct. Le Carre, Deighton, and Furst have all followed after a master. If you enjoy intrigue, mystery, and suspense over an action thriller, then Ambler should be on your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the movies seemed a little better than the book perhaps more "happy" american style pagecounter
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A classic.