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The Master of the political suspense thriller sends his everyday hero into the corruption and collusion of the Americas.
This has been my favorite Ambler book. The plot here is not as action filled as many of his other stories, but it more than makes up for it with more subtle pressures on his hero, still with the potential of lethal outcomes. Most of them are set in Europe or nearby continents. This was the first one I have read set in the Americas.
Here, he takes what is his trademark, a guy with an everyday profession, a western liberal set of values, puts him in situation that could make anyone's moral principles get tested, and would much better be dealt with by a spy or someone whose profession is, in fact, dealing with very slippery and morally ambiguous people with power. Now that America is on it's way to looking more like a "banana republic" itself, the tale has much more relevance than usual with anyone who's in an everyday profession wondering how they would act if their country went full bore neo-Fascist. Here is a manual, of sorts, how to survive both psychologically and socially if that happens.
The second key factor that makes this book especially interesting is that the protagonist isn't one of Ambler's totally everyday-profession protagonists. True he's a doctor. But he's in that profession because he's the son of an assassinated President of a Caribbean island. After that, the boy was exiled by the next administration and went to Paris to study medicine. The story starts on a different fictitious French island where the French authorities have summoned him from the hospital where he works, for an interview.
Last but not least is the narration. I haven't heard a better one.
To sum up, to those of you who can't get any solace from the multitude of books about the Trump era by pundits, historians, and politicians, I turn you on to Eric Ambler the master of political thrilling times and see how his hero deals with corruption and collusion in the Americas.