The Siege at the Villa Lipp: Send No More Roses

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House of Stratus, Jan 6, 2009 - Fiction - 292 pages
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Professor Krom believes Paul Firman, alias Oberholzer, is one of those criminals who keep a low profile and are just too clever to get caught. Firman, rich and somewhat shady, agrees to be interviewed in his villa on the French Riviera. But events take an unexpected turn and perhaps there is even someone else artfully hiding in the deep background?


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User Review  - Ossian - Goodreads

I am about a quarter of the way in, and what an odd feeling. I trust Ambler to have a decent plot, characters, suspense, all that, but so far one of the central devices used in the book - the notion ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret1358 Joyce - Goodreads

This is a high-tension thriller with little of the lyricism I look for in a narrative, to balance the action.Instead there was delicious irony and wry humour --but not enough to really balance out the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Eric Clifford Ambler was born in London. He wrote plays initially, but these failed to find an appreciative audience so he turned his talents to novels. In time he became established as the "'father of the modern spy novel," which led John Le Carre to later claim Ambler was the "one they all followed." He worked in America as a successful screen writer, but moved to Switzerland in 1969 where he continued to write novels, until returning to England in 1985. His central characters are believable, well-meaning amateur underdogs who somehow overcome extreme adversity to win. His later novels were great commercial successes. Many of his works have been filmed, notably Topkapi. He was awarded four Gold Dagger Awards from the British Crime Writers Association and a Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1986. He was also awarded an Edgar by The Mystery Writers of America and was named as Grand Master in 1975.

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