HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Labyrinth Makers by Anthony Price
Loading...
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
142None84,092 (3.97)5
1970 (2) 1970s (2) 2010 (2) adventure (2) Audley (4) British (3) Cold War (7) crime (5) crime fiction (2) david audley (4) Dr. David Audley (2) England (4) espionage (13) fiction (23) library (2) mysteries (4) mystery (7) novel (6) own (3) paperback (2) read (8) series (3) spy (12) spy fiction (8) spy stories (2) suspense (3) thriller (16) to-read (2) UK (2) wishlist (2)

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 5 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 6 (next | show all)
This has many of the hallmarks of a debut title, not just the first title in the series. We need quite a bit of background about many of the characters and the book takes a while to get to the central plot. I'm not sure that I ever understood the meaning of the title properly.

At the beginning the author attempts to establish that Dr. David Audley, in his mid 30s, has been sidelined by the Ministry of Defence after what he considers to be a successful career in Middle Eastern Affairs. He thinks that he successfully predicted various events such as the Suez Crisis ahead of the pack. He doesn't take kindly to being allocated to investigate events of World War II, particularly incidents of local origin.

The date is 1969 and the plane crash occurred nearly 25 years before. But when a Russian espionage agent shows enough interest to fly to Britain to investigate the contents of the Dakota, Audley's interest is spiked. Even more when the daughter of the Dakota's pilot, a baby when her father died, turns up on his doorstep.

To reveal what the Russian thinks the plane contained would be to tell you too much of the plot, but you might want to look at this Wikipedia article.

Published in 1970, the title is an illustration of how many British authors were interested in the legacies of the Second World War, and the impact on international politics of the Cold War.Very readable thrillers were the result.

Part of the attractiveness of the book is that it is relatively short, and I liked it enough to begin reading the second in the series, THE ALAMUT AMBUSH. ( )
  smik | Apr 5, 2014 |
A twisty and intellectual story with an interesting protagonist. ( )
  castiron | May 10, 2013 |
This story brings back the days of the Cold War 25 years after end of WWII. The main protagonist is Dr Audley who is an expert on the Middle East but who is called to use his admirable sleuthing capabilities in a case of a fighter pilot believed lost at sea who. Is actually found in a drained lake. This is an excellent tale. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
SEL loved Price. ( )
  sterlingelanier | Nov 22, 2012 |
ITV dramatised the first three Audley books in the late 70s / early 80s, and over the next few years I went through the whole set. Gripping, ingeneous and frighteningly believable (at the time), Price knocks Le Carre into a cocked hat! ( )
  Yorkshrman | Jul 2, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 6 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0752851764, Paperback)

When an RAF Dakota, presumed lost at sea in 1945, is discovered in a drained lake in Lincolnshire, together with its pilot and a cargo of worthless rubble, it falls to David Audley of the MOD to puzzle out just why the Russians are so interested, and what the plane was carrying that is important enough to kill for.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:15 -0400)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
4 avail.
12 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.97)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 11
3.5 1
4 12
4.5 1
5 10

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 89,406,763 books! | Top bar: Always visible