Journey Into Fear
By Eric Ambler
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375726729, 288pp.)
Publication Date: December 3, 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Returning to his hotel room after a late-night flirtation with a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul b™ite, Graham is surprised by an intruder with a gun. What follows is a nightmare of intrigue for the English armaments engineer as he makes his way home aboard an Italian freighter. Among the passengers are a couple of Nazi assassins intent on preventing his returning to England with plans for a Turkish defense system, the seductive cabaret dancer and her manager husband, and a number of surprising allies. Thrilling, intense, and masterfully plotted, Journey Into Fear is a classic suspense tale from one of the founders of the genre.
Eric Ambler is often said to have invented the modern suspense novel. Beginning in 1936, he wrote a series of novels that were touted for their realism, in which he introduced ordinary protagonists who are thrust into political intrigue they are ill prepared to deal with. In the process he paved the way for such writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, and Robert Ludlum.
“The greatest spy novelist of all time.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“One of the best stories of international intrigue you’ll ever find.” --The New Yorker
“Told with great narrative skill. . . . This book will not be easily forgotten.” --The New York Times Book Review
“Confirms Ambler’s reputation as the foremost thriller writer of our time.” --Time