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  • Written by Eric Ambler
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On Sale: December 11, 2012
Pages: 256 | ISBN: 978-0-307-95005-5
Published by : Vintage Knopf
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First published five years after he introduced Arthur Abdel Simpson in the comic thriller The Light of Day, Eric Ambler turns the spotlight back to his compelling antihero—a man you can’t help but root for.

Arthur Abdel Simpson counts himself lucky to have survived his adventure at Istanbul’s Topkapi Museum. Now living in Athens, Greece, he finds the British Consul has seized his passport—they don’t care to renew passports for people who have committed criminal acts or renounced their British citizenship, and Simpson has done both. Now he needs to obtain a fake passport and visas to stay in country. But his inept attempts to do so leave him in debt to multiple shady operatives. Before he knows what’s happened, Simpson finds himself on a boat to Port Said, en route to a new—and potentially short-lived—career as an officer with a group of mercenary soldiers preparing for a major operation in the Central African jungle.

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About Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler - This Gun for Hire
Eric Ambler is often said to have invented the modern suspense novel. Beginning in 1936, he wrote a series of novels that introduced ordinary protagonists thrust into political intrigues they were ill prepared to deal with. These novels were touted for their realism, and Ambler established himself as a thriller writer of depth and originality. In the process he paved the way for such writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, and Robert Ludlum. He was awarded four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger from The Crime Writers Association, named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers Association, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. In addition to his novels, Ambler wrote a number of screenplays, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Academy Award nomination.


 “A splendid achievement. . . . All the surefootedness of Graham Greene.”
    —The Times (London)

“Arthur Abdel Simpson . . . is one of fiction’s most delightful rogues.”
    —Anthony Boucher

  • This Gun for Hire by Eric Ambler
  • December 11, 2012
  • Fiction - Espionage
  • Vintage
  • $11.99
  • 9780307950055

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