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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (816 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Ambler Narrator: Alexander Spencer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Vadassy was just another name on the guest list at the seedy Mediterranean Hotel until he was accused of spying. Then, suddenly, he was on everybody’s list.

When Josef Vadassy arrives at the Hotel de la Reserve at the end of his Riviera holiday, he is simply looking forward to a few more days of relaxation before returning to Paris. But in St. Gatien, on the eve of World War II, everyone is suspect—the American brother and sister, the expatriate Brits, and the German gentleman traveling under at least one assumed name. When the film he drops off at the chemist reveals photographs he has not taken, Vadassy finds himself the object of intense suspicion.

The result is anything but the rest he had been hoping for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ambler successfully combines excitement, entertainment, and social significance.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is a tale well worth acquaintance.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “A genuine classic.”

    Times (London)

  • “An uncommonly good story of international intrigue.”


  • “Graham Greene called Ambler the greatest thriller writer, and this is one of his best.”

    Library Journal

  • “An amusing, agile performance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leonie | 2/19/2014

    " It's becoming a pet peeve of mine how almost every book written during WWII (in this case just before) has at least one review complaining about how it doesn't have enough period detail. Period detail laid on is the biggest giveaway of inauthenticity. Anyway, I liked the atmosphere of this book. It's always nice in genre fiction when the author goes for the "How would this play out if this was real life and not a genre novel?" route, and here we have a hero placed in the role of detective who just isn't cut out for the role, no matter what's at stake. The identity of the spy, when we discover it, isn't especially interesting, but it was still good getting there. I liked the dark note at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leaking Lewis | 2/11/2014

    " The beginning of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 2/8/2014

    " Another very good spy novel by Ambler. You really feel the political and cultural turmoil in his books. And there's a surprisingly touching ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/6/2014

    " Quality yarn, in that Amblerish way, you have to read him really - would recommend highly "

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