Eerily prescient of 21st century debacles, A Kind of Anger combines a satire of a paparazzi-driven media culture with a gritty espionage tale. Just six weeks ago, Lucia Bernardi fled the villa where her lover died. And then she vanished. The police, the tabloids and even the real killers all want to find her. Disgraced reporter Piet Maas searches for and then finds Lucia, in the south of France. There he faces a conundrum - publish her amazing story, reviving his career but guaranteeing her death - or join in her grand extortion, and risk both their lives.
Eric Ambler was born into a family of entertainers and in his early years helped out as a puppeteer. However, he initially chose engineering as a full time career, although this quickly gave way to writing. In World War II he entered the army and looked likely to fight in the line, but was soon after commissioned and ended the war as assistant director of the army film unit and a Lieutenant-Colonel. This experience translated into civilian life and Ambler had a very successful career as a screen writer, receiving an Academy Award for his work on The Cruel Sea by Nicolas Monsarrat in 1953. Many of his own works have been filmed, the most famous probably being Light of Day, filmed as Topkapi under which title it is now published. He established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality and received many other accolades during his lifetime, including two Edgar Awards from The Mystery Writers of America (best novel for Topkapi and best biographical work for Here Lies Eric Ambler), and two Gold Dagger Awards from the Crime Writer's Association (Passage of Arms and The Levanter). Often credited as being the inventor of the modern political thriller, John Le Carre once described Ambler as 'the source on which we all draw.' A recurring theme in his works is the success of the well meaning yet somewhat bungling amateur who triumphs in the face of both adversity and hardened professionals. Ambler wrote under his own name and also during the 1950's a series of novels as Eliot Reed, with Charles Rhodda. These are now published under the 'Ambler' umbrella.
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Ambler is good but not his best
Great story, read well
- Thomas J. Otto