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Ambler, Eric - Epitaph for a Spy - ( Item 134683 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2013. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by Stella Rimington. Illustrated by Paul Blow. Bound in cloth. Blocked with a design by Paul Blow. Set in Photina. 240 pages. Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations. 9" x 6¼". Josef Vadassy, a hungarian refugee and language teacher, has saved up enough money to take a short holiday, his first in five years, at a small hotel on the Côte d'Azur. When he brings his photographs to be developed by a local chemist, he finds himself arrested on suspicion of being a spy, accused of photographing a secret naval base. The discovery that his camera has been switched is no guarantee of freedom; in order to escape imprisonment, he must find out which of his fellow guests at the Hôtel de la Réserve is the true spy. In this masterly 1938 novel, Eric Ambler takes a hapless everyman and plunges him into a mission that is both understated and believable. There are no car chases, bombs or gunfights, yet Ambler is capable of building scenes to a point of almost unbearable tension, as when Vadassy breaks into a suspect's bedroom. A casualty of the upheavals of the 20th century, Vadassy is a refugee who lives in fear of being deported. Though Ambler believed that casting his hero as a refugee made the book less popular, it was nonetheless filmed in 1944 as Hotel Reserve with James Mason as Vadassy. Today it remains a powerful psychological thriller. Eric Ambler enjoyed great success with his 20 novels, winning four Dagger awards from the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain as well as becoming a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers' Association of America. This edition of Epitaph for a Spy contains stylish, graphic illustrations by Paul Blow, who also illustrated our edition of Ambler's The Mask of Dimitrios. Stella Rimington, a former Director General of MI5 and now a novelist herself, has contributed an introduction in which she celebrates Ambler's unique position in the pantheon alongside Buchan and le Carré.

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