The Ability to Kill: True Tales of Bloody Murder

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This first American edition of collected true-crime pieces from the '50s and '60s by the master author of Epitaph for a Spy, Journey Into Fear, The Light of Day et al. belongs on every fan's bookshelves. Ambler's polite, leisurely stroll down memory lane is a delight. He deals with classic villains from England (Jack the Ripper), Scotland (William Burke and William Hare) and France (Marcel Petiot) along with more recent miscreants: England's James Hanratty (1961) and America's Raymond Finch and Carole Tregoff (1960). Ambler also turns his good-natured, sharp eye on film-writing and the pleasures of Maxim's, and there are lovely semifictional pieces on spies and spy-spotting. Especially delicious is the tale of ``Annettee'' in 1937 Tangier. There's nothing heavy here, and even Ambler's opposition to the death penalty is quietly posited. His new introduction has its share of graceful nuggets, too. (October 13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892962389
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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