Eric Ambler is often said to have invented the modern suspense novel. Beginning in 1936, he wrote a series of novels that introduced ordinary protagonists thrust into political intrigue they were ill-prepared to deal with. These novels were touted for their realism, and Ambler established himself as a thriller writer of depth and originality. In the process he paved the way for such writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, and Robert Ludlum.
"An uncommonly good story of international intrigue."-The Atlantic "Ambler is the greatest spy novelist of all time." --San Francisco Chronicle "Ambler successfully combines excitement, entertainment, and social significance." --The New York Times Book Review "A genuine classic." --The Times (London)