The Schirmer Inheritance (Paperback)

By Eric Ambler

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 9780375726767, 224pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2003

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Description

It wasn t anyone's idea of a glamorous first assignment at a white show law firm. George Cary, former WWII bomber pilot and newly minted lawyer, was given the ignoble task of going through the tons of files on the Schneider Johnson case, just to make sure nothing had been overlooked. But, as luck would have it, George did discover something among the false claims and dead-end leads that made this into more than just another missing-heir-to-a vast-fortune case. And what he found would connect a deserter from Napoloeon's defeated army to a guerrilla fighter in post-war Greece, and lead Cary himself into a dangerous situation where his own survival will depend more on what he learned in the army than anything he learned in law school.


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 intrigues 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. He was awarded four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association, named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers Association, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. In addition to his novels, Ambler wrote a number of screenplays, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Academy Award nomination.


Praise For The Schirmer Inheritance

“A masterful contribution to the literature of international dirty work." --The New Yorker

“As ingenious a tale as any Mr. Ambler has told. It is a wonderfully ingenious tale.” --Herald Tribune

“Thriller readers should hail this yarn with joy.” --San Francisco Chronicle

“Eric Ambler’s books show an unusual flair for creating alarm, if not despondency, in the gentle reader.”--The New York Times Book Review

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