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New PDF release: The Intercom Conspiracy

By Eric Ambler

ISBN-10: 0006146457

ISBN-13: 9780006146452

Educational and novelist Charles Latimer, the not likely hero of The masks of Dimitrios, returns thirty years later within the Intercom Conspiracy. Now a winning, bestselling writer at the path of a brand new booklet, Latimer steps in to assist Theodore Carter, the hapless, hard-drinking editor of Intercom, a small, foreign political newspaper, examine his bosses and the resources of the secrets and techniques he is publishing. As Latimer and Carter catch up with to the reality, they appreciate they're jeopardising greater than simply their careers. 'Effortless narrative... educated with a feeling of ways issues really paintings. The Intercom Conspiracy may perhaps relatively be defined as a conscienceless send-up of the full concept of mystery intelligence.' - The Sunday instances 'Much wry humour and a superb wisdom of the secret agent racket. To be learn slowly, enjoyably.' - night commonplace

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Yet his reputation, outside a small segment of the academic world, rested on none of those achievement; it rested on the detective stories he wrote under the pseudonym of Charles Latimer. There were over twenty of these, and at least three—A Bloody Shovel, Murder's Arms and No Doornail This—had come to be regarded as classics in the genre. His work as an historian could only be read in English and had a limited appeal. His detective stories had been translated into many languages and had a worldwide appeal.

Absently, Brand reached for the bottle and refilled Jost's glass. With the bottle still poised in the air he looked across the table. 'Nuisance value,' he said. ' They said no more until they were back in their hotel; but both had been thinking and they spent the rest of that evening talking of ways in which the lessons of the Mexican forger might be applied by those having their own particular skills and resources. They agreed in the end that there was only one way that could be considered relatively safe.

It was by noting the passages that Latimer, for his own private security reasons, had deleted from the first draft that Mr Carter obtained in the end the evidence needed, not only to solve the mystery of the disappearance but also to tell the rest of the story. That first draft, then, was in a sense definitive. In withdrawing his objections, Mr Carter made only one condition. Certain names, he said, must be changed, 'to protect the guilty'. Two such changes have been made. The rest is left, unedited, to speak for itself.

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