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The Third Man (edition 1999)

by Graham Greene

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Title:The Third Man
Authors:Graham Greene
Info:Penguin Books (1999), Edition: 50th, Paperback, 160 pages
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The Third Man by Graham Greene

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Post-war Vienna, intrigue, military policing by the Allies (Russia, France, UK, and USA), black markets, and skanky characters. Harry's called his friend to visit, but shows up dead just as said friend arrives in Vienna. But none of it makes sense, and said friend spends the rest of the story being amateur detective. Odd structure, the narrator is the professional detective interviewing/narrating the amateur (Rollo Martins). ( )
  grheault | Jan 30, 2014 |
How could I not love a book that ends with a manhunt in the Viennese sewer? Books commissioned with a screenplay in mind have a certain novelty too. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
The Tooth Tattoo by Peter Lovesey opens with Peter Diamond on vacation doing the The Third Man tour in Vienna. He was very disappointed when he learned that most of it was filmed at the Pinewood Studios in England. This is the real thing. Colonel Calloway tells the story of Rollo Martins search for the killer of Harry Lime, his best friend. The scene on the Prater is just as chilling, if not more so with the imagination having free rein. Graham Greene may not be on this earth anymore, but his work lives on. He is a genius. ( )
  mstruck | Jul 15, 2013 |
Rollo Martin arrives in post-war Austria to meet his friend Harry Lime who has a job for him - the only problem: Lime has been fatally struck by a car and is being buried when Martin arrives. The police accuses Lime of being a black market operator - which Rollo refuse to believe. As Rollo investigate the "accident" strange and conflicting facts about the death appears. And Rollo needs to examine his own idealized picture of Lime - and Lime's girlfriend.

I like the feeling of suspense and mystery in a war-damaged city - it's not at all a typical Greene-novel - the characters are not fully fleshed out. It's told from the perspective of the police inspector, who narrates the story which is confusing at times, when the main character is Rollo. ( )
3 vote ctpress | May 8, 2013 |
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Burger, FritzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Carol Reed in admiration and affection and in memory of so many early morning Vienna hours at Maxim's, the Casanova, the Oriental
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One never knows when the blow may fall.
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For the first time Rollo Martins looked back through the years without admiration, as he though, He's never grown up. Marlowe's devils wore squids attached to their tails: evile was like Peter Pan--it carried with it the horrifying and horrible gift of eternal youth.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140286829, Paperback)

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than being "the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city." Martins is determined to clear his friend's name, and begins an investigation of his own...

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Rollo Martins, invited to Vienna by his schoolmate and hero Harry Lime, arrives just in time to attend Lime's funeral, but when he learns his friend was the subject of a criminal investigation, Martins embarks on a quest to clear Lime's name.

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