Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post-war Greece.
©2011 Eric Ambler (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"Ambler towers over most of his newer imitators" (Los Angeles Times)
"Ambler may well be the best writer of suspense stories.... He is the master craftsman" (Life)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Eric Ambler (1909-1998) was a well known British author of spy novels. He also was a scriptwriter for many films. The book "Light of Day" 1962 was made into a film in 1964 as "Topkapi" and it also was lampooned in "The pink panther" 1964. This book was written in 1953 is about a former WWII bomber pilot George Carey, who after the war became an attorney. He obtains a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm and is assigned the job of reading through a large file of an inheritance case that was put aside during the war. He is off to find the heir, he travels in France, Germany and Greece. He gives excellent descriptions of the post war Europe. Not much action in this book but lots of suspense as he hunts for the heir. The ending is a bit of a surprise. This book is a bit different from his usual spy stories but it is a great story. Eric Meyers does a good job narrating the story.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and was happy to find this well constructed novel with engaging primary and secondary characters, rich setting (just post-WWII Europe) and a plot that holds the reader's interest. This novel is relatively short. Unlike a prior reviewer, I never felt that it was overwritten. Also, the narration was perfect.
I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.
Maybe--I would want to see how long it is.
Currently, I can't think of any.
None it was OK
Most of it was---it just took too long to hit the climax. Too many little distractions and sub-plots.
An excellent post WWII 'coming of age' story for a young American lawyer. More akin to, and perhaps better than, the Bourne novel. A more realistic and simpler story illustrating American hopefulness at stark contrast with European realpolitik.
I have to admit, Ambler in mind just knows how to tell a story that flows with that combination of action, character development and a great description of ever changing landscapes. 8 hours seems like a 12 hour book. Always wanting to get back in the car for more each morning. I will clearly go through all of his books. Highest recommendation for any of Ambler's books. I hope more people find out. A great find. Enjoy.
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