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The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

The Schirmer Inheritance (1953)

by Eric Ambler

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One of my two personal favorites from the Ambler ouvre. It starts off with a Prussian deserter in 1806, moves on to the peaceful precincts of a Philadelphia law office, and moves on to the affairs of another Prussian deserter, this one wandering through the chaos of post-WW2 Europe. The story is fascinating, and the characters unforgettable (if not always likable). Moreover, the book is at times very funny, in an understated way. ( )
  annbury | Sep 5, 2010 |
Not as intense as most of Ambler's works, but still satisfying. His writing is always fascinating. ( )
  datrappert | Jun 9, 2009 |
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It wasn’t anyone’s idea of a glamorous first assignment at a white show law firm. George Cary, former WWII bomber pilot and newly minted lawyer, was given the ignoble task of going through the tons of files on the Schneider Johnson case, just to make sure nothing had been overlooked. But, as luck would have it, George did discover something among the false claims and dead-end leads that made this into more than just another missing-heir-to-a vast-fortune case. And what he found would connect a deserter from Napoloeon’s defeated army to a guerrilla fighter in post-war Greece, and lead Cary himself into a dangerous situation where his own survival will depend more on what he learned in the army than anything he learned in law school.

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George Carey, lawyer, was given the task of going through the files on the Schneider Johnson case, making sure nothing had been overlooked. He discovers something in the fales claims and dead-end leads which makes this case more than a missing-heir-to-a-vast-fortune scene.… (more)

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