The Third Man

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Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than being "the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city." ...

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Overview

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than being "the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city." Martins is determined to clear his friend's name, and begins an investigation of his own...

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Library Journal
Greene's novella, or "entertainment," was written in 1950 as a sort of preliminary draft for a screenplay and was not actually intended to stand alone as a written work. The motion picture, stated Greene, is better than the story because it is the story in its finished state, and it is the film, starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, that most people will remember. This audiobook, however, brings the story to life very effectively, with all its suspense, odd turns of plot, and intriguing characters placed in the powerful setting of post-World War II Vienna. Murder, racketeering, mystery, and subterfuge combine for a compelling tale that is simple, economical, concise, and very satisfying. Reader Martin Jarvis communicates the mood and pace with intensity and skill and good character differentiation. Chapter breaks and side ends are marked musically by, what else, the famous zither-performed theme song. The story, complete on two cassettes, will please patrons who prefer a shorter commitment. Recommended for all popular collections.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
Library Journal
08/01/2014
This theatrical production of Greene's play employs a wide array of sound effects to support the action. A must-hear for those who want to experience a noir thriller in the style of an old-fashioned radio drama. Performed by a full cast.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140286823
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: 59th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 156,892
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, travel writer and children's book writer. Many of his novels and short stories have been successfully adapted to the movie screen, including The Third Man (directed by Orson Welles), The End of The Affair, and The Quiet American

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    1. Also Known As:
      Henry Graham Greene (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berkhamsted, England
    1. Date of Death:
      April 3, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      Vevey, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    originally only a film, not meant to be a separate book

    The Third Man is an interesting story, but it was never supposed to be a novella. It has well developed and complex characters and interesting form because its narrator is a British policeman. I believe this book is well written, but I still think that the movie is better. The story is a short read for a rainy day, but you should not expect it to compare to the film. Some of the more interesting parts of the film are not in the book(i.e. the way they figure out that Lime is not dead.)

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I READ THIS BECAUSE I SAW THE FILM--WITH THAT GREAT ZITHER MUSIC

    I READ THIS BECAUSE I SAW THE FILM--WITH THAT GREAT ZITHER MUSIC AND CHARISMATIC ORSON WELLES. GREENE WRITES WELL, BUT THE STORY -- ACH! FORGET IT. I THINK THE MOVIE IS WORTH WATCHING, BUT YOU CAN SKIP THE BOOK. I FOUND THE PLOT A BIT CONFUSING TO FOLLOW IN THE NOVEL, AND IT JUST DID NOT INTEREST ME -- HARRY LIME, THE ENIGMATIC CRIMINAL AND LOVER, WITH HIS 2 LOYAL FOLLOWERS. WATCH THE FILM, INSTEAD!

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. I am not

    I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. I am not usually into spy stories, but the plot of this screenplay was both intriguing and enjoyable. I especially like that the author points out the differences between the original screenplay and that used for the film. This is one spy movie I would very much like to see.

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