This latter day Eric Ambler novel vividly demonstrates the author's ability to keep up with the times. It's impossible to discern just from reading The Care of Time that Ambler had been writing espionage themed books for the prior 50 years. What's more, though written more than a quarter century ago, the subject matter, Mideast terrorism, is probably even more relevant now than it was then.
The storyline revolves around the book's narrator Robert Halliday, ghostwriter and minor television personality. Halliday is an American who once spent time in an Iraqi jail. He has a healthy skepticism when it comes to government in general and intelligence services in particular. So it comes as a shock when he is enlisted to serve as a middleman between Western intelligence and an eccentric Arab potentate.
Byzantine plotting, worthy of Ross Thomas at his most outlandish, characterizes this deftly written novel of intrigue. Most of the action takes place in Italy and Austria but the fascinating cast of characters come from far and wide.
Recommended to readers who enjoy international thrillers with an abundance of bizarre plot twists.