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The Ability to Kill

(1963)
And Other Pieces
A collection of stories by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
This first American edition of collected true-crime pieces from the '50s and '60s by the master author of Epitaph for a Spy, Journey Into Fear, The Light of Day et al. belongs on every fan's bookshelves. Ambler's polite, leisurely stroll down memory lane is a delight. He deals with classic villains from England (Jack the Ripper), Scotland (William Burke and William Hare) and France (Marcel Petiot) along with more recent miscreants: England's James Hanratty (1961) and America's Raymond Finch and Carole Tregoff (1960). Ambler also turns his good-natured, sharp eye on film-writing and the pleasures of Maxim's, and there are lovely semifictional pieces on spies and spy-spotting. Especially delicious is the tale of ''Annettee'' in 1937 Tangier. There's nothing heavy here, and even Ambler's opposition to the death penalty is quietly posited. His new introduction has its share of graceful nuggets, too.

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October 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-89296-238-0 / 978-0-89296-238-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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October 1987 : USA Hardback

Title: Ability to Kil
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-89296-277-1 / 978-0-89296-277-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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December 1963 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-370-00286-5 / 978-0-370-00286-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-9932784-9-3 / 978-0-9932784-9-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ipso Books
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October 1972 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-451-03449-X / 978-0-451-03449-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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October 1972 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-451-05266-8 / 978-0-451-05266-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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1964 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ability To Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0-450-00493-7 / 978-0-450-00493-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
Publisher: Ipso Books
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December 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ability to Kill
Author(s): Eric Ambler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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