Perhaps this volume will bring Mr. Ambler to the attention of the public that make best-sellers. They have been singularly inattentive until now--I suppose only God knows why. They have not even heeded the critics, who have said, from the very first, that Mr. Ambler has given new life and a fresh viewpoint to the art of the spy novel-- an art supposedly threadbare and certainly cliché-infested.
Consider his characters. His heroes are anything but heroic, nor are they startlingly wise, or even daring. They are ordinary, rather pleasant people. One is a newspaper man, another an engineer, a third a writer; they are just men who want to stay out of trouble and live comforta-
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