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The Mask of Dimitrios
     

The Mask of 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

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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."

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ISBN-13:
9780141190334
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
10/28/2009

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Widely credited with reviving and improving upon the thriller genre, Eric Ambler (1909-1998) is the author of many suspense, action, and adventure books, including A Coffin for Dimitrios and The Light of Day, both of which were adapted into movies. He was also a successful screenwriter, and he wrote the screenplays for The Cruel Sea and the American detective series Checkmate.

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Mask of Dimitrios 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NinaJon More than 1 year ago
This novel, with its film noir atmosphere, inspired no less than Graham Greene, John le Carre, Alfred Hitchcock and Ian Fleming (who described it as James Bond’s favoured reading material). It opens with Charles Latimer, a mystery writer, naïvely accepting an assignment to discover who ended the life of criminal mastermind, Dimitrios. In doing so, he gets drawn further and further into the murky, corrupt world of the deceased: a man for whom war offered so many opportunities, he had no objection to helping start one. As our narrator crisscrosses World War II Europe, reconstructing the life and death of the great manipulator, he quickly learns that everyone who knew Dimitrios, is even less savoury than was the man himself. By now he knows he's been set up, and that he'll be lucky to escape with his life, but what he doesn't know is why. This is a taut, gripping espionage thriller, with lashings of intrigue, paranoia and double-dealing, which has held up well this past seventy years. Containing certain parallels to today’s uncertain times, I feel this novel may well be set for a revival. A definite recommend for people who enjoy character driven tension.