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Waiting for Orders: The Complete Short Stories of Eric Ambler (edition 1991)

by Eric Ambler

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Title:Waiting for Orders: The Complete Short Stories of Eric Ambler
Authors:Eric Ambler
Info:Mysterious Press, Hardcover, first printing
Collections:Read and passed on, Eric Ambler
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Subtitled “The Complete Short Stories of Eric Ambler,” most of these were written in 1939-1940 as Ambler waited for his call to military duty. Six detective stories feature a heel-clicking, umbrella-toting refugee (“Dr. Jan Czissar. Late Prague police. At your service”) who infuriates the outclassed Mercer of Scotland Yard by being insufferably and invariably correct. Two suspense stories, “The Army of the Shadows” and “The Blood Bargain," complete the collection. ( )
  Roycrofter | Aug 31, 2013 |
Most of these eight mildly diverting short stories ... were written in 1939-40 as Ambler ... awaited his call to military duty. Six ingenious detective [stories] star a heel-clicking, umbrella-toting refugee ("Dr. Jan Czissar. Late Prague police. At your service''). ... Two suspense stories ... beg for further development. In "The Army of the Shadows'' ... Ambler expressed the soon-to-be-unpopular view that the enemy was not the German people but the Nazi tyranny. In "The Blood Bargain,'' salvaged from a failed novel, a corrupt Latin American tyrant uses subtle psychological tactics to gain his release from insurgents, then finds exile extremely dangerous.
added by Roycrofter | editPublishers Weekly (Feb 4, 1991)
 
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Eric Ambler is a master of narrative and an elder statesman of suspense. He virtually created the modern spy story with his ground-breaking series of pre-WWII novels; A Coffin for Dimitrios and Journey into Fear are hailed as classics of the form. Waiting for Orders is the first volume to collect Mr. Ambler's shorter works, most of which date from the period of his greatest literary triumphs.

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