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The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
English crime novelist Charles Latimer is travelling in Istanbul when he makes the acquaintance of Turkish police inspector Colonel Haki. It's from him that he first hears of the mysterious Dimitrios - an infamous master criminal, long wanted by the law, whose body has just been fished out of the Bosphorus.
Fascinated by the story, Latimer decides to retrace Dimitrios' steps across Europe to gather material for a new book. But, as he gradually discovers more about his subject's shadowy history, fascination tips over into obsession. And, in entering Dimitrios' criminal underworld, Latimer realizes that his own life may be on the line.
"Ambler is generally considered to be the unsung hero of today’s best-regarded British thriller writers, with John le Carre, Robert Harris and Charles Cumming all citing him as a major influence. Looking at this, his most enduring novel, it’s easy to see why.
Filled with perfectly observed characters, a once-bitten wisdom and biting, black humoured cynicism, The Mask of
Fascinated by the story, he’s drawn in
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