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The sense that everything is just about to come crashing down around Europe’s ears is very strong in this the book’s prophetic; it appeared inas is the depiction, through the amboer infuriating figure of Nicky, of English complacency in the face of the storm that was building. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Looking back on his youthful radicalism in Here Lies, Ambler wrote: Find Rare Books Book Value. Cause for Alarm Eric Ambler On a cruise around the Far East with his erjc, he gets involved in a spot of gun-running.

In fact, Ambler started a trend for engaging, historically and politically aware, credible spy fiction that has since given us such wonderful writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, Charles McCarr I love reading espionage fiction. Log-in or create an account first!

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Black lettering to spine and front board. Able to speak some Italian, Marlow gladly accepts, secretly deciding wric he will quit the job again as soon as possible to go back to England and get married. It’s extremely silly, but also, as if despite itself, a fairly decent thriller, not merely mocking but beginning to improve on the shortcomings of the form. Nov 14, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: Up erric this point, the nearest to the spy story would have been Richard Hannay, ex military and more than capable of handling any situation or any foreigner.


The jacket is a bit sunned and torn but has suffered minimal paper loss. The first paragraph says this: You are commenting using your Facebook account. There are plenty of those British writers who specialize on spy novels during that time in Europe and I could have easily given this at least a 3-star rating.

Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler

Feb 20, Eadie rated it really liked it Shelves: As soon as I started reading this I recognized it, and recalled thoroughly enjoying it; I must hav Machine engineer Nicky Marlow finds himself out of a job and, in a time of recession, can’t find another. To ask other readers questions about Cause for Alarmplease sign up.

Maybe he did, I’ll have to go look him up tooI have just spent ten minutes looking for Charles Rodda and have found nothing so far poor guy so I decided to return to the book and the man who wrote this book and I’ll continue my search later. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about hi.

Cause for Alarm

I find Ambler’s characterisation is weak and his settings can be perfunctory. But while the central character is fause realistic as you or me, the storyline is still completely implausible, which is after all what readers of spy novels want. Out of desperation he accepts a job as a Milan based sales representative of a “My dear Mr.


Most of the heroes of Ambler’s subsequent novels are in the same mould: Ambler is warning his readership agai Probably 4. Price-clipped dust jacket by Florian is fresh and bright, with chipping at corner tips and a large chip at top of cauxe and adjacent corner at rear. Anyway, on to the story.

About twenty pages into this thriller from Ambler, I realized that I had read it wlarm — but it must have been so long ago that my recall was about two pages behind the written word. Brought to Book Ltd Published: A decent copy of this early Ambler. Unfortunately, the novel has one major flaw: Open Preview See a Problem?

Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler

Marlow escapes capture on one occasion thanks to the selfless intervention of a former Communist railwayman, who has been cunningly identified as a one-time Comrade by Andreas Zaleshoff. Black cloth binding with blindstamped design on front cover and green lettering on the spine; Clean text; green topstain a bit faded; small spot indicating sticker-removal on rear paste-down. The prose is perhaps not quite literary quality, but more than acceptable. Balterghen, Saridza and their many cronies.

Ambler’s stories satisfy the yearning we all have for a good story, well told. Ok, let’s see if I get this right. It is a typical Ambler thriller: