'The best of its kind'
‘Not le Carré, not Deighton, not Ludlum have surpassed the intelligence, authenticity or engrossing storytelling that established The Mask of Dimitrios as the best of its kind’
First published in 1939, The Mask of Dimitrios evokes the murky and dangerous atmosphere of Central Europe between the wars. From Smyrna and Athens to Sofia, Belgrade and finally Paris, Latimer enters a world of refugees and émigrés, petty criminals and gang leaders, amoral spies and corrupt police – the survivors and veterans of little-known wars.
‘Unquestionably our best thriller writer’
Eric Ambler was born in 1909 in south London, the child of music-hall entertainers, and was the author of 20 thrillers. Graham Greene, John le Carré and Alfred Hitchcock have all acknowledged a debt to his work. This edition is introduced by author and Ambler expert Simon Winder, who observes how the book ‘preserves in amber a whole range of political issues, outrages and concerns which were about to be swept away by the German invasion of Poland’. Paul Blow’s cinematic illustrations form a colourful interpretation of this atmospheric narrative.