Background to Danger

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Kenton's career as a journalist depended on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics, and his quick judgment. Where his judgment sometimes failed him was in his personal life. When he finds himself on a train bound for Austria with insufficient funds after a bad night of gambling, he jumps at the chance to earn a fee to help a refugee smuggle securities across the border. He soon discovers that the documents he holds have a more than monetary value, and that European politics has more ...

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Overview

Kenton's career as a journalist depended on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics, and his quick judgment. Where his judgment sometimes failed him was in his personal life. When he finds himself on a train bound for Austria with insufficient funds after a bad night of gambling, he jumps at the chance to earn a fee to help a refugee smuggle securities across the border. He soon discovers that the documents he holds have a more than monetary value, and that European politics has more twists and turns than the most convoluted newspaper account.

A classic international thriller from the pen of a master. "A crackerjack spy story, jammed with action, intrigue and thrills" - Saturday Review.

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"[A] crackerjack spy story, jammed with action. Intrigue, thrills, and super-villainy."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375726736
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/9/2001
  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 664,064
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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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 Carre, 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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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Not his best, but still better than Furst.

    Not quite as precious a nugget as <i>Journey into Fear,</i> but still more tightly constructed than Alan Furst's work. This is a little more like your average spy thriller than the aforementioned <i>Journey,</i> with more action, danger, and gunfire. As with every other Ambler I've read, a lot of the novel is about a passage from innocence--this time, the innocence of a journalist.

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