Alfred Hitchcock said, “Mr. Ambler is phenomenal,” and Graham Greene referred to him as “our greatest thriller writer.” This is an ideal title for introducing listeners to this master. Ambler brilliantly paints realistic portraits of his characters and the foreign landscape, mixing suspense with a subtle twist for added color.
When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver—in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler’s checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey’s notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something less sinister but much, much more audacious.
© 1962 by Eric Ambler; © renewed 1990
“Mr. Ambler is phenomenal.”
“Ambler brings off this comic thriller with consummate zest.”
New York Times Book Review
“Ambler is, quite simply, the best.”
“Ambler is incapable of writing a dull paragraph.”
Sunday Times (London)
“Ambler combines political sophistication, a gift for creating memorable characters, and a remarkable talent for turning exciting stories into novels of wonderful entertainment.”
“Ambler may well be the best writer of suspense stories…He is the master craftsman.”
“Ambler towers over most of his newer imitators.”
Los Angeles Times
“Rely on Mr. Ambler to serve a hot thriller in a cool style.”
Christian Science Monitor
“Mr. Ambler has never done better.”
“Arthur Abdel Simpson…is one of fiction’s most delightful rogues, and his adventures provide the best Ambler entertainment in years.”
Anthony Boucher, award-winning author
Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.
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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
- ISBN-13: 978-1-4708-2107-4