JOURNEY INTO FEAR.
Edition: First US printing.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. dj. Hardcover first edition - The sixth novel - the last of the books written in the years just before World War II (and Ambler's entry into the Army) - by the writer whom Graham Greene called "unquestionably our best thriller writer." In fact, Ambler was responsible for the modern "espionage" novel. As in all of these early novels, the main character is an ordinary person who finds himself in an extraordinary - and dangerous - situation. Graham is an engineer helping out at an English-owned armaments factory in Turkey, when he is shot at in his hotel room. At first unbelieving, he is eventually convinced that his life is in danger, and he needs to leave immediately. He is put secretly on a small ship, instead of a train, but among the passengers is a Nazi still determined to stop him, and thus begins his "journey into fear." Basis for the 1943 Orson Welles film of the same title. 275 pp.
Condition: Very good+ in salmon colored cloth in a very good- dust jacket (offsetting to the endpapers, tiny spot on tinted top edge, some overall edgewear and chipping to the dj, one tape repair to interior of dj) Overall, a tight and straight copy in a complete dust jacket with the original price of $2.00 still present.