Kenton's career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics and his quick judgement. Where his judgement sometimes fails him, however, is in his personal life.
When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top-level meeting of Nazi officials, he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling. Stranded with no money, Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border. Yet he soon discovers that the documents he holds have far more than cash value - and that they could cost him his life.
©1988 Eric Ambler (P)2009 Audible Ltd
"Great story, not so great reading"
I love Eric Ambler's narrative style and his savvy lefty politics. The narrator didn't quite spoil it - I'm not sorry I downloaded the book - but he tried. S.P. can't do voices and his accents are dreadful; he has no German, French or Italian, all of which he's called upon to read scraps of (often without translations following) so that even though I understand those languages I don't know what was said. He thinks 'volte face' is Italian, for heaven's sake, and pronounces it 'voltay fachay' - I mean.
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