Journey into Fear - Eric Ambler 1940 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition A clean and wonderfully bright, thus rare, jacketed first edition of this thrilling tale of international intrigue, beginning in Istanbul at the outbreak of World War II.

‘Returning to his hotel room after a late-night flirtation with a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul boîte, Graham is surprised by an intruder with a gun. What follows is a nightmare of intrigue for the English armaments engineer as he makes his way home aboard an Italian freighter. Among the passengers are a couple of Nazi assassins intent on preventing his returning to England with plans for a Turkish defence system, the seductive cabaret dancer and her manager husband, and a number of surprising allies.’ [from a later edition]
  Eric Ambler (1909-98) is considered by many to be the creator of the ‘suspense’ genre as we know it today, as author of some of ‘the most accomplished and innovative modern thrillers’. He was one of the first authors to employ the literary devices of flashbacks and multiple narrators, and wrote over fifteen novels in his lifetime, of which The Mask of Dimitrios was most successful, bringing him to world-wide fame at the age of thirty. Later in his life he turned his attentions to screenwriting, and became the head writer for films such as Encore (1951), The Clouded Yellow (1951) and A Night to Remember (1958).

Octavo (book size 19.4 x 13.2 cm), pp. 319 [1 (publisher’s ad)]. Publisher’s light blue cloth spine with lettering and border in dark blue. Dust jacket priced 8/3 net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Very good, small patch of rubbing to front board, minor wear to corners and spine ends, sunning to spine, internally fine, in near fine dust jacket with small accordion tear to spine with corresponding neat repair to verso.   Ref: 109533   Price: HK$ 14,000