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Epitaph for a Spy

Written by Eric Ambler, James Fenton, Mark Mazower, Norman Stone

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Epitaph for a Spy Synopsis

Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living in France, is enjoying his first break for years in a small hotel on the Riviera. But when he takes his holiday photographs to be developed at a local chemists, he suddenly finds himself mistaken for a Gestapo agent and a charge of espionage is levelled at him. To prove himself innocent to the French police, he must discover which one of his fellow guests at his pension is the real spy. As he desperately tries to uncover the true culprit's identity, Vadassy must risk his job, his safety and everything he holds dear.

Epitaph for a Spy Press Reviews

The source on which we all draw -- John le Carre Unquestionably our best thriller writer -- Graham Greene An uncommonly good story of international intrigue * Atlantic * A sly variation on the traditional English country-house murder mystery * Guardian * If you want to experience the feel of the Continent in the 1930s, you will find few better guides -- Robert Harris A genuine classic * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141190310
Publication date: 28th May 2009
Author: Eric Ambler, James Fenton, Mark Mazower, Norman Stone
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages

About Eric Ambler, James Fenton, Mark Mazower, Norman Stone

Eric Ambler (1909-98) was one of the most fascinating British writers of the late 1930s. His novels retain a remarkable sense of the dread and terror that filled Europe as world war broke out. Some were made into films (not least Orson Welles' superb version of Journey into Fear), all were bestsellers, inventing a new, more realistic form of spy novel, where the main protagonist is not so much a hero as a victim, pursued by malevolent Fascist forces of overwhelming power. These are paranoid stories, but written at a time when paranoia was disturbingly close to common sense.

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