Epitaph for a Spy (Penguin Modern Classics)

3.9 avg rating
( 2,435 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780141190310: Epitaph for a Spy (Penguin Modern Classics)

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

'A genuine classic' The Times 'If you want to experience the feel of the Continent in the 1930s, you will find few better guides' - Robert Harris

From the Publisher:

'Unquestionably our best thriller writer ever' Graham Greene
'Unquestionably our best thriller writer ever' Graham GreeneERIC AMBLER Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early 1930s, and quickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality. He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John le Carre once described him as ‘the source on which we all draw.’

Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm, then as a copywriter at an advertising agency, while in his spare time he worked on his ambition to become a playwright. His first novel was published in 1936 and as his reputation as a novelist grew he turned to writing full time. During the war he was seconded to the Army Film Unit, where he wrote, among other projects, The Way Ahead with Peter Ustinov.

He moved to Hollywood in 1957 and during his eleven years there scripted some memorable films, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Oscar nomination.

In a career spanning over sixty years, Eric Ambler wrote nineteen novels and was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for Passage of Arms in 1960. He was married to Joan Harrison, who wrote or co-wrote many of Alfred Hitchcock’s screenplays - in fact Hitchcock organized their wedding. Eric Ambler died in London in October 1998.

THE PAN CLASSIC CRIME SERIES The idea for the Pan Classic Crime series was sparked by two separate incidents – my struggle to find a new copy of MALICE AFORETHOUGHT by Francis Iles (one of my favourite crime novels), and a newspaper article about Eric Ambler which claimed that none of his novels was available in the UK. I then began six months of research to discover which other classics had shockingly been allowed to go out of print (concentrating particularly on novels published 1930-1960). And so the Pan Classic Crime series was born, launching in April 1999 with six titles – including two by Eric Ambler and, of course, MALICE AFORETHOUGHT.

Before my research began I must admit my knowledge of pre-1970s crime fiction was restricted to the giants – Doyle, Christie, Highsmith, Chandler. And I must admit, too, that I was hesitant about how well these ‘lost treasures’ would stand up to modern crime fiction. How wrong I was – the novels I read and am now publishing were remarkably sophisticated, skilful, innovative, insightful, and full of character and wit. I felt suitably ashamed for having doubted them! By July this year we will have published 18 titles in the series. One of our aims has been introduce new readers to these authors and, with this in mind, each edition is introduced by a well-known crime writer of today. For example, Colin Dexter, P.D. James, Robert Goddard and Robert Harris have all contributed to the series. What pleased me the most was the phrase that popped up again and again in the letters that accompanied their introductions: ‘I’d forgotten just how good they were!’

Also in the series

1) The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler With an introduction by Robert Harris

2) Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles With an introduction by Colin Dexter

3) The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake With an introduction by P.D. James

4) Journey Into Fear by Eric Ambler With an introduction by Robert Harris

5) Green for Danger by Christianna Brand With an introduction by Lindsey Davis

6) Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin With an introduction by Jonathan Gash

7) Before the Fact by Francis Iles With an introduction by Colin Dexter

8) Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler With an introduction by Robert Harris

9) Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare With an introduction by Frances Fyfield

10) Last Seen Wearing . . . by Hillary Waugh With an introduction by Reginald Hill

11) Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler With an introduction by Robert Goddard

12) A Tangled Web by Nicholas Blake With an introduction by P.D. James

13) Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin With an introduction by Jonathan Gash

14) Judgment on Deltchev by Eric Ambler With an introduction by Robert Goddard

15) My Name is Michael Sibley by John Bingham With an introduction by John le Carre

16) Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler With an introduction by Robert Goddard

17) Death of a Doll by Hilda Lawrence (pub July 2001) With an introduction by Minette Walters

18) Five Roundabouts to Heaven by John Bingham (pub July 2001) With an introduction by John le Carre

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Eric Ambler
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780141190310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 7.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Eric Ambler
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780141190310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 8.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Ambler, Eric
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Quantity Available: 18
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801411903100000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 8.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Ambler, Eric
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Green Street Books
(San Mateo, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141190310 May have light shelf wear, unread, new. Please view our store policies for all shipping and condition grades, thank you. Bookseller Inventory # 033334

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 5.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.22
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Eric Ambler
Published by Penguin Classics 2009-05-28 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics 2009-05-28, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00404856

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 6.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Eric Ambler, James Fenton, Mark Mazower, Norman Stone, Thomas Jones
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Paperback Quantity Available: 6
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler, James Fenton, Mark Mazower, Norman Stone, Thomas Jones, 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. Bookseller Inventory # B9780141190310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 4.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 5.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Eric Ambler
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; 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 espio. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780141190310_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 7.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.34
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Eric Ambler
Published by Penguin Books Ltd 2009-05-28, London (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd 2009-05-28, London, 2009. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780141190310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 7.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 4.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Ambler, Eric
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0141190310. Bookseller Inventory # ST0141190310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 12.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Ambler, Eric
Published by Penguin Classics (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141190310 ISBN 13: 9780141190310
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2009. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780141190310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 9.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 5.19
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book