A Coffin for Dimitrios (Charles Latimer Series #1)

A Coffin for Dimitrios (Charles Latimer Series #1)

by Eric Ambler


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A Coffin for Dimitrios (Charles Latimer Series #1) by Eric Ambler

The classic story of an ordinary man seemingly out of his depth, this is Ambler's most widely acclaimed novel, "one of the masterpieces of the genre" (The New York Times Book Review).

A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel leads Charles Latimer, the author of a handful of successful mysteries, into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers. At first merely curious to reconstruct the career of the notorious Dimitrios, whose body has been identified in an Istanbul morgue, Latimer soon finds himself caught up in a shadowy web of assassination, espionage, drugs, and treachery that spans the Balkans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375726712
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Charles Latimer Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 297,818
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eric Ambler is often said to have invented the modern suspense novel. Beginning in 1936, he wrote a series of novels that introduced ordinary protagonists thrust into political intrigues they were ill-prepared to deal with. These novels were touted for their realism, and Ambler established himself as a thriller writer of depth and originality. In the process he paved the way for such writers as John Le Carré, 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 A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Academy Award nomination. He died in 1998.

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A Coffin for Dimitrios (Charles Latimer Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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
This is one of the most masterful thrillers I've ever read. Dimitrios is an international criminal mastermind- think Blofeld in the Bond stories. The narrator - protagonist is an average bloke on holiday who matches wits against his adversary. ALFRED HITCHCOCK praised the writer as the best in the business; what better recommendation is there?
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.