Epitaph for a Spy

Epitaph for a Spy

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Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian language teacher, decides to break his journey from Nice to Paris at a windswept coastal town where his solitary nightmare begins. He collects his photographs from the chemist only to discover that the pictures are not of lizards at all, but military sites.

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ISBN-13: 9781531839932
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Edition description: Unabridged

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 intrigue 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 Carre, Len Deighton, and Robert Ludlum.

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When Josef Vadassy arrives at the Hotel de la Reserve at the end of his Riviera holiday, he is simply looking forward to a few more days of relaxation before returning to Paris. But in St. Gatien, on the eve of World War II, everyone is suspect–the American brother and sister, the expatriate Brits, and the German gentleman traveling under at least one assumed name. When the film he drops off at the chemist reveals photographs he has not taken, Vadassy finds himself the object of intense suspicion. The result is anything but the rest he had been hoping for.

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Epitaph for a Spy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BibliophileBubba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ambler is a master of the spy novel, even arguably it's originator. Not as notable a success as his iconic "A Coffin for Demetrios," in this book Ambler still delivers a thrilling "wrongly-suspected man" story (a favorite sub-genre of mine!) in a very spare less-than-300 pages. Unlike so many over long, current-day works that desperately need an editor with a few sharp red pencils, Ambler tells here a remarkably exciting, deeply atmospheric and engaging story without a lot of filler. It's very evocative of Alan Furst's best work; I suspect Furst must consider Ambler an influence.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is set in Ambler's classic milieu, Europe just before the second world war, and it is about spies. It is, however, spy fiction at one remove -- the hapless protagonist, a stateless translator, is dragooned into espionage by the French police with the threat of deportation. His activities are set in a Riviera resort, not in the alleys of exotic capitals, and he is not good at what he does. It is (of course) wonderfully written, but I can't like it as much as I ought. The hero is easy to pity but hard to identify with, and the whole operation seems meaningless.
clfisha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written just before the 2nd world war and playing with spy conventions at the time, Eric Ambler has written a great tale of paranoia and mystery. Instead of a suave, sophisticated thriller we have a shy, introverted language teacher who is mistaken for a spy and thrust into a game of cat and mouse. It is this main character that sells the book, he is wonderfully portrayed and you really squirm along with him as he bumbles along trying to catch the spy. Of course you can join in too, every character has a secret so its fun to guess who as well. Ok it is not a book for lovers of the high octane thriller but it has that old world charm and a deep menace that a book in written in the 1930s brings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only second to A Coffin For Dimitrios. Ambler's villians are among the most brilliantly sinister in fiction.
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She follows a lead she got on the orb. "Yes!! Finally something to show for my research!!!!" She pushes an intercom button linked straight to Mike's office. "Mike, this is Skandar. Please come to the weapons lab. Ive got a lead on the orb." She releases the intercom button & waits.