Eric Ambler was one of the originators of the spy novel genre, which has become increasingly popular since World War II through the fiction of Ian Fleming, John le Carre, Robert Ludlum, and others. Along with the Ashenden stories by W. Somerset Maugham and the early novels of John Buchan, Ambler’s books of the 1930’s established the limits and conventions of the espionage thriller. It is to his lasting credit that Ambler lavished on the genre a quality of writing and mind which early established an admirably high standard for such fiction.
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