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Eric Ambler

(Eric Clifford Ambler)
UK flag (1909 - 1998)

aka Eliot Reed

Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early 1930s, and quickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality. He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John Le Carré once described him as 'the source on which we all draw.'

Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm, then as a copywriter at an advertising agency, while in his spare time he worked on his ambition to become a playwright. His first novel was published in 1936 and as his reputation as a novelist grew he turned to writing full time. During the war he was seconded to the Army Film Unit, where he wrote, among other projects, The Way Ahead with Peter Ustinov.

He moved to Hollywood in 1957 and during his eleven years there scripted some memorable films, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Oscar nomination.

In a career spanning over sixty years, Eric Ambler wrote nineteen novels and was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Passage of Arms in 1960. He was married to Joan Harrison, who wrote or co-wrote many of Alfred Hitchcock's screenplays - in fact Hitchcock organized their wedding. Eric Ambler died in London in October 1998.
Charles Latimer
The Mask of Dimitrios (1937)
     aka A Coffin for Dimitrios
The Intercom Conspiracy (1969)
     aka Quiet Conspiracy
Uncommon Danger (1937)
     aka Background to Danger
Cause for Alarm (1938)
Arthur Abdel Simpson
The Light of the Day (1962)
     aka Topkapi
Dirty Story (1967)
     aka This Gun for Hire

The Ability to Kill (1963)
Waiting for Orders (1991)
     aka The Story So Far

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