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A Coffin for Dimitrios | [Eric Ambler]

A Coffin for Dimitrios

An early classic of espionage fiction. Through the cafés, trains and nighttime cities of Europe, Charles Latimer follows a twisting trail of drug-smugglers, thieves and assassins that will lead him to Dimitrios.
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An early classic of espionage fiction.

Through the cafés, trains, and nighttime cities of Europe, Charles Latimer follows a twisting trail of drug-smugglers, thieves and assassins that will lead him to Dimitrios.

©1967 Eric C. Ambler; (P)1981 Recorded Books, LLC

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    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 05-02-10
    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 05-02-10

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    "A most enjoyable history and geography lesson"

    I first heard this story many years ago when it came out on cassette tape. I was driving across Europe, listeing to this story about an author who traveled across Europe in search of the reasons why in a dead man's life. I still enjoy listening to it today. Mr. Spencer was a good choice to narrate this story. The film, "The Mask of Dimitrios" runs pretty close to the book and I couldn't imagine better actors than Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet and Zachary Scott to play the characters as originally written by the author. Mr. Ambler's descriptions of characters are sympathetic and on the mark. Desparation, frustration, unrequited love and greed are well written. Highly recommended for those who are able to place their imaginations back in the 1930s.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-07-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-07-14

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Raymond Chandler of European espionage fiction"

    It is hard not to like Eric Ambler's amateur spies. They aren't reluctant, just lucky and persistent. They seem to have seeded an entire generation of suspense novelists. Reading Ambler I see exactly what inspired le Carre, Furst, Steinhauer, etc.

    Ambler has a voice and style which are matched by his ability to capture a reader's interest with characters and setting. He is like a magician that spends an elaborate amount of time carefully setting a formal table just so at the very end he can pull the cloth out -- leaving the characters shaking from the movement, but readers stuck within their own inertia.

    It is hard to judge Ambler once you realize every reference point you have to judge him by contains a fragment of Ambler. He is the Raymond Chandler of European espionage fiction. The genre doesn't exist separate from the author and 'A Coffin for Dimitrios' is one of his greatest works.

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    j Wilson Chicago 09-13-09
    j Wilson Chicago 09-13-09 Member Since 2006

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    "A well written neat classic adventure"

    A very interesting trip through the old Europe. A detective spy novel that takes you on a trip. characters well developed, a logical plot, and satisfying ending.

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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 02-25-10
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 02-25-10
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    "outstanding"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, well written, great story. Narration was top not notch. If you enjoy detective novels this is one I would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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