Epitaph for a Spy, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living in France, is enjoying his first break for years in a small hotel on the Riviera.

But when he takes his holiday photographs to be developed at a local chemists, he suddenly finds himself mistaken for a Gestapo agent and a charge of espionage is levelled at him.

To prove himself innocent to the French police, he must discover which one of his fellow guests at his pension is the real spy.

As he desperately tries to uncover the true culprit's identity, Vadassy must risk his job, his safety and everything he holds dear.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, no illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780141190310

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Written just before the 2nd world war and playing with spy conventions at the time, Eric Ambler has written a great tale of paranoia and mystery. Instead of a suave, sophisticated thriller we have a shy, introverted language teacher who is mistaken for a spy and thrust into a game of cat and mouse. It is this main character that sells the book, he is wonderfully portrayed and you really squirm along with him as he bumbles along trying to catch the spy. Of course you can join in too, every character has a secret so its fun to guess who as well. Ok it is not a book for lovers of the high octane thriller but it has that old world charm and a deep menace that a book in written in the 1930s brings.

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