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The Schirmer Inheritance [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Eric Ambler
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15. Juni 2009
Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post war Greece.

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  • Taschenbuch: 212 Seiten
  • Verlag: House of Stratus; Auflage: New. (15. Juni 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0755117654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755117659
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20 x 13,4 x 1,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 500.581 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“A masterful contribution to the literature of international dirty work." --The New Yorker

“As ingenious a tale as any Mr. Ambler has told. It is a wonderfully ingenious tale.” --Herald Tribune

“Thriller readers should hail this yarn with joy.” --San Francisco Chronicle

“Eric Ambler’s books show an unusual flair for creating alarm, if not despondency, in the gentle reader.”--The New York Times Book Review
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Eric Ambler was born into a family of entertainers and in his early years helped out as a puppeteer. However, he initially chose engineering as a full time career, although this quickly gave way to writing. In World War II he entered the army and looked likely to fight in the line, but was soon after commissioned and ended the war as assistant director of the army film unit and a Lieutenant-Colonel. This experience translated into civilian life and Ambler had a very successful career as a screen writer, receiving an Academy Award for his work on The Cruel Sea by Nicolas Monsarrat in 1953. Many of his own works have been filmed, the most famous probably being Light of Day, filmed as Topkapi under which title it is now published. He established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality and received many other accolades during his lifetime, including two Edgar Awards from The Mystery Writers of America (best novel for Topkapi and best biographical work for Here Lies Eric Ambler), and two Gold Dagger Awards from the Crime Writer's Association (Passage of Arms and The Levanter). Often credited as being the inventor of the modern political thriller, John Le Carre once described Ambler as 'the source on which we all draw.' A recurring theme in his works is the success of the well meaning yet somewhat bungling amateur who triumphs in the face of both adversity and hardened professionals. Ambler wrote under his own name and also during the 1950's a series of novels as Eliot Reed, with Charles Rhodda. These are now published under the 'Ambler' umbrella.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ambler at his best. 8. Dezember 1998
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The Schirmer Inheritance is Eric Ambler at his best. The introduction recounts the story of a German sergeant who deserts during the Franco-Prussian War and changes his name to conceal this desertion. Ambler then takes us to modern times and the tortuous complications that this seemingly-trivial event has on the search for the heir to an unclaimed fortune. Along the way we encounter the many interesting vignettes and insights into human behavior that typify Ambler's stories. If such revelatory insights coupled with compelling twists and turns of plot are more important to you than explicit sex and violence, then you too may find Eric Ambler to be THE master of intrigue as well as one of the finest novelists of this century in any genre. You may also decide, like I have, that The Schirmer Inheritance may well be his masterpiece.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating reading! 23. Februar 1999
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I can't believe that it's taken me so long to discover Ambler. I first read Coffin for Demitrios on a whim (and a little help from Amazon), and The Schirmer Inheritance is the third Ambler book I've read. In relatively short novels, Ambler combines intrigue, vivid detail, political intrigue and complex character development. The Schirmer Inheritance stands out for its historical context, the ongoing and developing tension between the two main protagonists, and Ambler's ability to keep you completely engaged throughout the novel. Think of this book as a series of mouse-traps laid out in a dark room. As you carefully walk across the room, you "feel" the traps, know that one or more will spring, yet you are drawn to the other side of the room by the power of the story-telling. Great fun!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen NOCH besser als das deutsche, weil: ORIGINAL 9. Februar 2014
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-an anderer Stelle (der Übersetzung) mehr, was soll ich mich wiederholen. Aber das Original ist immer das sicherste und schönste.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen want to write an adventure story? Read Schirmer first. 19. April 2002
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Ambler had developed the modern spy novel in the 1930s, then took time off from novel writing for army service in WWII. During the war, several of his early novels were made into Hollywood films he detested. When he resumed his output of novels in the early 50s, it would seem he had determined to exercise a degree of control over the eventual movies his stories might become by writing with a simple, vivid, forcefulness that no movie adapter could misinterpret or screw up. The prologue to Schirmer Inheritance is breathtaking in the speed and skill in which you are swept up into the story of the wounded Prussian cavalry sergeant, Franz Schirmer, who deserts during a retreat from a battle against Napolean. Fast forward 140 years to a Philadelphia law firm which is attempting to find heirs to the considerable estate of an elderly, childless woman, who turns out to be a descendant of the Prussian sergeant. A young associate at the firm is sent off to Germany to look for relatives and discovers that the only possible relative was last seen alive in 1945 in a Wehrmacht truck convey which was attacked on a Greek mountain road by partisans. No survivors were ever found including the NCO in charge of the convoy, Sgt. Franz Schirmer. The lawyer travels to Greece and Yugoslavia to try to get more definite proof of death which will satisfy the Pennsylvania Probate Court. The plot twists are ingenious without seeming contrived. The writing, as I said, is vivid. Schirmer Inheritance should be read in every college course on the modern English novel as a model of excitement with economy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating reading! 23. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I can't believe that it's taken me so long to discover Ambler. I first read Coffin for Demitrios on a whim (and a little help from Amazon), and The Schirmer Inheritance is the third Ambler book I've read. In relatively short novels, Ambler combines intrigue, vivid detail, political intrigue and complex character development. The Schirmer Inheritance stands out for its historical context, the ongoing and developing tension between the two main protagonists, and Ambler's ability to keep you completely engaged throughout the novel. Think of this book as a series of mouse-traps laid out in a dark room. As you carefully walk across the room, you "feel" the traps, know that one or more will spring, yet you are drawn to the other side of the room by the power of the story-telling. Great fun!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not Ambler's Best 10. Januar 2004
Von Marco Antonio Abarca - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of Eric Ambler. I have read all of the recent Ambler re-issues put out by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and I think this is his weakest book. I would recommend it to an Ambler fan but it is not the best book to start with.
Although the story is good, it has none of the over the top flair of A Coffin for Dimitrios or Journey into Fear nor any of the weirdness of Judgement on Deltchev. In style, this book reminds me more of Epitaph for a Spy. It is a good procedural type story but the ultimate pay off just was not there for me.
Eric Ambler is a master of espionage genre. Even his weaker efforts are a lot better than most of the books coming out today.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen We now return to claim our just inheritance of old 9. Dezember 2005
Von Leonard Fleisig - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In many respects, Eric Ambler was to the modern British suspense novel what Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett were to the American detective novel. Ambler transformed the suspence novel from a simplistic black and white world of perfect good guys versus nefarious bad guys into a far more realistic world where sometimes the difference between good and evil is not all that great. Typically, Ambler takes an unassuming, unsuspecting civilian and immerses him in a world of mystery and intrigue in pre and post-World War II Europe. The result was a series of highly entertaining and satisfying books. "The Schirmer Inheritance", although perhaps not Ambler's best, nor best-known, novel, is nevertheless a fine example of good storytelling.

The story opens in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars. A young soldier from Bavaria, Sergeant Franz Schirmer, finds himself and his fellow soldiers in something of a bad way. It is a brutal winter, there is little food to be found in the countryside, and they are cut off from the rest of their army. Although Schirmer had fought both well and honorably, he comes to the conclusion that his role in the war is over. He deserts. Near death from hunger, cold, and a saber-wound, Schirmer finds his way to a desolate farmhouse. It is in that farmhouse that Schirmer finds the person who will become his wife. He lives under an assumed name, raises a family, and makes a decent living.

The next scene begins about 145 years later, in the offices of a high-toned Philadelphia law-firm. George Carey, a WWII bomber-pilot and first year attorney, is handed his first assignment: find any surviving relatives of a widowed Pennsylvania woman, Amelia Schneider Johnson. She died with a fortune but without a will. The publicity over this case had led to thousands of false claims from people claiming to be relatives. Carey's assignment, one which he thinks will keep him far from the fast-track of advancement is to put the matter to bed, determine that there are no lawful heirs, and let the State of Pennsylvania take possession of the estate. But, as in every Ambler book, things do not turn out to be quite so simple. In short order Carey finds himself wandering through a devastated post-war Germany looking to follow up on some clues he obtained from an aging, retired partner at his law-firm. Accompanied by a pretty but seemingly repressed young translator Carey soon finds himself in post-war Greece and the Balkans. It is there that he tries to trace down a German soldier, one who fought both well and honorably in a losing cause. This soldier may be dead or he may have ended up working with a Greek-communist partisan group. Along the way Carey must deal with a varied assortment of people who may not be who they seem and whose propensity for the truth is a question for the ages.

Ambler's writing always places more emphasis on character development and a well-told story than on the type dramatic interludes found in James Bond stories, but this story is a bit more subdued than much of the rest of his work. Nevertheless, Ambler writes well and has a keen eye for details, both as to location and to personality. His description of post war Germany, Greece, and the Balkans has a very authentic ring to it.

Ambler knows how to tell a story. He does not waste words but those words move his stories along extremely well. The key question for me in reading any kind of suspense novel is: how well can I visualize what I'm reading. In the case of Ambler, I almost feel as if I am reading the screenplay of a film and that (for me) makes for a very satisfying read. So, even if this may not be the best of Ambler, it makes for a far more satisfying read than the best of many other books of this genre.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Realistic and best Ambler 19. Dezember 2003
Von "ringokid6" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As one with guerrilla warfare experience,this story rings a bell. The descriptions of professionals and others in the disintegrating Greek Communist Vafiades-led ELAS Guerrillas of the late 1940s is striking. The plot twists are excellent, a are the brilliant thumbnail descrriptions of chaaracters, an Ambler forte. As a longtime Ambler devote, I feel this is his best mystery novel. Ringokid6
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