"Epitath for a Spy", by Eric Ambler

Novel, 1938

Effective, nicely paced and well-told story of a man’s dilemma and problems after he’s arrested under suspicion of spying against the French just before the Second World War. The careless and bungling nature of the protagonist and the fact he’s played by many of the other characters in the book give a refreshing feel to the book, although there’s also some ill ease at the slightly metaphysical dilemma the hero finds himself in. A smooth, entertaining book, at once familiar in its form, though refreshingly differing it at the same time.

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