- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market edition (12 Nov. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330372440
- ISBN-13: 978-0330372442
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,280,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Epitaph for a Spy Paperback – 12 Nov 1999
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However i did find it an enjoyable read as it gave a rather charming picture of what life was like in the late thirties for those few fortunates lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks holiday in a provincial hotel in the south of France. However even this aspect of the book was not entiely convincing to me.
I have read other thrillers written at about the same time and about the same period such as "Rogue Male" and the even older "the Secret of the Sands" ( if I've got the titles right ) and enjoyed those more.
Vadassy, a language teacher, stays in a hotel in the south of France. By chance he picks up the wrong suitcase and a plot is born, because it belongs to a spy. He's arrested and agrees to become a police informer. It is very dangerous and very much an Agatha Christie type mystery-who are the villains? We only find out at the end as you may imagine. It is written with the usual Ambler word economy and I enjoyed it.
It would appeal to someone who wants a gripping read and a change from the usual spy authors of today.
Just start reading it and you will be hooked.
This fairly spins along, a great evocative piece of the time. Not sure all Amblers are like this but I enjoyed it a lot.
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