Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Light of Day by Eric Ambler

Today I finished The Light of Day by Eric Ambler.

I read this book as a part of my desire to read all of the Edgar Award winning novels. The Light of Day won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1964.

The story was later made into the movie, Topkapi.

"Eric Ambler is often said to have invented the modern suspense novel.  Beginning in 1936, he wrote a series of novels that introduced ordinary protagonists thrust into political intrigue that they are ill-prepared to deal with.  These novels were touted for their realism, and Ambler established himself as a thriller writer of depth and originality.  In the process he paved the way for such writers as John LeCarre, Len Deighton and Robert Ludlum." - book cover

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

Today I finished reading Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver.

I read the book out of curiosity.  Ian Fleming the author of the original James Bond stories was the first author that I read everything that they wrote.  Fleming led me to discover MacLean, LeCarre, Ludlum and a lifetime of joy reading thrillers, mysteries, action and spy novels.

Carte Blanche is an authentic James Bond novel.  Just as wonderfully shallow as I remembered from almost 50 years ago.   But, I've changed.  Now, I want the story to have more depth.