Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market is pretty slim in Britain in So when his fiancé points. : Cause for Alarm (): Eric Ambler: Books. Cause for Alarm and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. : Cause for Alarm (Penguin Modern Classics) (): Eric Ambler: Books.

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Used book in very good condition. While he’s good at pace and tension, if you don’t care about the people involved and can’t visualise the setti I bought this new because of the fantastic cover slarm the Penguin paperback reissue – not the edition shown here, sadly. What Ambler’s done here is what others, such as Buchan, failed to do: It seems that they need a man who aparm an engineering background and who can speak Italian to head up that branch because the previous manager was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

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Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Without a job, he postponed the wedding and his job has brought him to Italy to work in a company that manufactures and supplies materials for ammunition.

A decent copy of this early Ambler. Great characters, especially the mysterious American Zaleshoff and his sister and a sinister Yugoslav ‘diplomat’ General Vagas and his equally grim wife.

Aug 28, Elizabeth Alaska rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Cause for Alarmplease sign up. Cause for Alarm Ambler, Eric Erif, The timing sucks because a day prior to his layoff, he proposed to his fiancee.

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Enjoyable espionage story of a young Engineer in need of a job who takes a posting to Milan in the shoes of someone whose death alarn suspicious, and finds himself out of his depth in a world of corruption and intrigue as the European powers jockey for position in the run up to World War II. But overall it is a very solid espionage tale set and written on the eve of World War II. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat These two books are even superior than this.


The problem with the genre, as Ambler saw it, was principally one of character.

With the six novels he wrote in the years leading up to the second world war – five of which have just dric reissued by Penguin Modern Cauee – Eric Ambler revitalised the British thriller, rescuing the genre from the jingoistic clutches of third-rate imitators of John Buchan, and recasting it in a more realist, nuanced and leftishly intelligent – not to mention exciting – mould.

Mar 08, Kimmo Sinivuori rated it it was amazing. Pages bright and clean. There’s no shortage of unsavoury foreigners in the novel, but they’re more than matched by the unsavoury Englishmen. His novels were all out of print by the time he died in Octoberbut his tales of ordinary men and sometimes women caught up in the machinations of carelessly malign international corporations, or of stateless refugees facing an uncertain future in a volatile and unwelcoming Europe, seemed anything but out of date when I first read them the following year – the year in which Naomi Klein’s No Logo brought concerns about the depredations of globalised capital into the mainstream, and thousands of people were displaced by the war in Kosovo.

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Cause For Alarm by Ambler, Eric

On the one hand: The pages of this book are clean and unmarked. Nick Marlow, a British engineer, gets a job representing a firm in Milan and winds up fric in bribery and espionage mostly because he’s stubborn and rather naive when it comes to politics. Colpisce come Ambler sia tagliente abmler ritratto dei connazionali. Lorne Bair Rare Books Published: Otherwise a clean and tight book. Cause for Alarm Ambler, Eric Knopf Alfred a Knopf Inc, Perhaps the final chapters are less strong, but this thriller from eighty years ago still justifies the author’s reputation.

Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about his predecessor’s departure and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas.

The last third of the novel is taken up by an impressively sustained and exhilarating chase across northern Italy. An attempt is made on his life in his hotel in Istanbul: He may try to sidestep, eeic when, as always, he gets wet, he is more concerned about his new hat than the ironies of I love Ambler.


The recipients were Ambler’s alram and sister-in-law. Anyway, on to the story. Posted in BooksNovelThriller. In an archival plastic protector.

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View all 9 comments. The last third of the book is an extended flight across north Italy to the border with Yugoslaviathe story of Marlow on the run and led every step of the way by a superhumanly strong, cunning and, above all, decent, honest and kind, Zaleshoff.

Laid-in is an old bookseller’s receipt there has been an increase. According to Wikipedia, Ambler is known for his thrillers. And it disrupts the balance and ethos of the story. As soon as I started reading this I recognized it, and recalled thoroughly enjoying it; I must have read it many years ago, because I never knew what was coming next but found each scene familiar as I lived through it again.

Does anybody else keep visualising Sydney Greenstreet as General Vagas? Anyway, our main character, a production engineer named Nicholas Marlow has just lost his job “owing to circumstances beyond the control of the Board” – ambbler is slow and labor is too expensive so near London, so the book says anyway. It is almost like a monotone song.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. There is a job to be done. There’s a smattering of offbeat humour too. No sooner does he arrive in Italy than he is approached by various spies of uncertain affiliation including casue Andreas Zaleshoffall eager for information about how the fascist government is arming itself.