English crime novelist Charles Latimer is travelling in Istanbul when he makes the acquaintance of Turkish police inspector Colonel Haki. It is 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.
©2009 Eric Ambler; (P)2009 Audible Ltd
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I really enjoyed this audible book. The book is well written and Tony Gardener does the different voices very well. The book has not dated and the intricacies of the plot are very interestingly woven. It held my attention right up to the end. I would recommend this audible book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some may think it dated and lacking in the sophisticated and convoluted plot twists of the more modern thriller. But Ambler makes up for that in his depiction of people who find themselves drawn into the murkier side of life.
Originally published in 1939 Ambler gives a vivid description of pre-war europe, and the intrigues around the balkan states. It is also enjoyable to read from the perspective of the development of the mystery/thriller over the years. Nor is it a long book, Ambler like most good authors keeps the story rolling along at a fair pace. I would recommend without reservation.
Brilliant. A slow burn.
Very well read.
This is the first Eric Ambler I've 'read' but it won't be the last -although I'm a little unsure about David Archer (Tim B) in an American accent !
Excellent story with a well developed plot.
This thriller takes you back to an intrigue filled Europe of the 1930s.
Eric Ambler's writing retains contemporary freshness.
A great read!
"Interesting but not his best"
For some reason I had a harder time getting into this book of Amblers. Narration was great and was not the problem. The plot just was not as interesting to me. His other books seemed much better. I will still listen to more of his books because his writing skills are top rate. Hopefully this is not the first book you listen to of his. His earlier books are great.
"Mask of Dimitrios"
Tony Gardener did a good job reading this book. I had not read an Eric Ambler book since the 1960s so when I saw this on the list I decided to give it a listen. Ambler makes you feel as if you have traveled with him to these exotic cities. The hunt for the life of Dimitrios provided a few twists and turns and made for an interesting read.
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