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Eager for employment he is engaged to be marriedhe applies for and accepts an unlikely position: So when a fellow passenger offers him a substantial sum to smuggle an envelope over the frontier, he’s all too willing to oblige.

I would not even have considered the job if I had not been desperate. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In the prologue we has seen market’s predecessor murdered by suspicious baddies.

I alar, up Eric Ambler and found that he was a British author of spy novels who used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. Their flight takes up more than one third of the novel.

The part that lost my interest was when Marlow ends up accused of bribery by the Italian state and has to escape the country while being hunted down by the police.

He is approached by two different men who offer to help him gain business for his employer, Spartacus Machine Tool — manufacturer of equipment used to make armaments. An English engineer gets sent to Milan to work in a weapons machine design office.

Fair to Good Edition: Turning him into a spy. Used book in very good condition.

Cause For Alarm by Eric Ambler (1938)

How can they survive? I really enjoyed reading this story. While he was studying in Budapest, his father and brother were shot by the Yugoslav police for being social democrats. The first novel he wrote after the second world war, Judgment on Deltchevabout a Stalinist show trial in eastern Europe, provoked a flurry of hostile responses from former comrades.


Ex-Library with the usual treatments. The company’s main sales are of the “Spartacus Type S2 automatic” which according to the book is: Now on to the two things that stood out to me.

Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler

On the one hand: This is fir of Ambler’s earlier pieces. I tried to separate the noise, identify it, and realised that it was the sound of the blood pumping in my head. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market in Britain in is pretty slim. When the war was over, he got a job in the movies, working as a scriptwriter and producer for Ealing Studios and J Arthur Rank – his credits include The Cruel Seaadapted from Nicholas Monsarrat’s novel, and A Night to Rememberstarring Kenneth More as second officer on the Titanic – and later moving to Hollywood.

Cause For Alarm

However, it is the escape from Milan through the North Eastern Italy to safety in Yugoslavia, after the Italian authorities discover the plot that Marlow is mixed in, which forms the best part of the book. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Nicky Marlow needs a job. The sense that everything is just about to come crashing down around Europe’s ears is very strong in this the book’s prophetic; it appeared inas is the depiction, through the often infuriating figure of Nicky, of English complacency in the face of the storm that was building.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. But the skill of this novel more than its predecessors is the in-depth way it shows you how these lights and values are not enough.


There is the American man he meets in the building where he works who wants him to spy on another man who is Russian but may be German, for that matter the American may be Russian.

We went on talking. Marlow is a likeable narrator and a competent engineer, but he doesn’t know the first thing about spycraft, and he’s prone to impulsive decisions as well, so he soon gets himself into some trouble.

It is a typical Ambler thriller: Get ready for a delightful soak in the crazy shadow-world of Europe in that period. While he’s good at pace and tension, if you don’t care fo the people involved and can’t visualise the setti I bought this new because of the fantastic cover fause the Penguin paperback reissue – not the edition shown here, sadly. Books by Eric Ambler.

Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler

Greg Nilsen is a middle-aged engineer with his own die-casting business in Wilmington, Delaware. Having just entered into the Axis alliance with Nazi Germany, Italy is a hotbed of espionage, and Marlow, because of his access to Italian weapons factories, immediately attracts the attentions of various spies a It’s the late s ?

A,arm out well but the last third dragged. Find Rare Books Book Value.