Journey into Fear, Paperback Book
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It is 1940 and Mr Graham, a quietly-spoken engineer and arms expert, has just finished high-level talks with the Turkish government. And now somebody wants him dead. The previous night three shots were fired at him as he stepped into his hotel room, so, terrified, he escapes in secret on a passenger steamer from Istanbul.

As he journeys home - alongside, among others, an entrancing French dancer, an unkempt trader, a mysterious German doctor and a small, brutal man in a crumpled suit - he enters a nightmarish world where friend and foe are indistinguishable.

Graham can try to run, but he may not be able to hide for much longer ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, no illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780141190303

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I had looked forward to reading this novel for quite some time, but found myself sadly disappointed. Unfortuantely some novels do not age well and this one seemed dreadfully dated. It was written in a rather detached and stilted manner and i found it difficult to find any shred of empathy for any of the characters at all. certainly the principal protagonist, Mr Graham, is conspicuous by his lack of any engaging characteristics at all, and Josette, the dancer and wannabe vamp, was one of the most plastic characters I have encountered for a long time.The blurb on the cover, and the forewrod by Norman Stone tried to compare this book with the espionage-based works of Graham Greene, but that was a claim that proved to be stunning in its unsubstantiated bravado. Having enjoyed Ambler's "Intercom Conspiracy" (which struck me as representing the cutting edge of spy fiction back when I was a teenager), this more famous and more celebrated work was a crushing diapppointment. If I should fancy a future trip back to an older, more innocaent age of espionage, I will make do with excursions to Greeneland!

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