It is 1940, and Mr Graham, a quietly-spoken engineer and arms expert, has just finished high-level talks with the Turkish government. And now somebody wants him dead.
The previous night, three shots were fired at him as he stepped into his hotel room, so, terrified, he escapes in secret on a passenger steamer from Istanbul. As he journeys home - alongside, among others, an entrancing French dancer, an unkempt trader, a mysterious German doctor, and a small, brutal man in a crumpled suit - he enters a nightmarish world where friend and foe are indistinguishable. Graham can try to run, but he may not be able to hide for much longer....
©1944 Eric Ambler; (P)2009 Audible Ltd
This is a solid classic of war time British suspense writing. The characters are aluring the settings exotic, and the pace moves the story forward at a pace that keeps one interested. The narration is very good as well. I would recommend giving Journey Into Fear a chance. This was my first experience with Eric Ambler and I will look into another of his stories as a result of my experience with this one.
A friend read several Eric Ambler books and raved about them, with this being his favorite. The situation seems strange from the perspective of 2011, but my knowledge of wartime Europe is only from history class. The plot is unusual, but it all seemed plausible for the times. I did think it could have used a bit less dialogue, but it was far from boring for me. And the introduction helped my understanding. Not for someone who likes fast-paced detective stories.
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