A Coffin for Dimitrios
The classic story of an ordinary man seemingly out of his depth, this is Ambler's most widely acclaimed novel, "one of the masterpieces of the genre" (The New York Times Book Review).
A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel leads Charles Latimer, the author of a handful of successful mysteries, into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers. At first merely curious to reconstruct the career of the notorious Dimitrios, whose body has been identified in an Istanbul morgue, Latimer soon finds himself caught up in a shadowy web of assassination, espionage, drugs, and treachery that spans the Balkans.
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Review: A Coffin for Dimitrios (Charles Latimer #1)User Review - Richard - Goodreads
For a deeper examination, I recommend Ron's review. I will add: Ambler is the grandfather of the psychological espionage novel, according to no less than Alan Furst, the current grand-master of the ... Read full review
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