- Copertina rigida
- Editore: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T) (agosto 1983)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0374118973
- ISBN-13: 978-0374118976
- Peso di spedizione: 544 g
The Care of Time (Inglese) Copertina rigida – ago 1983
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This 1981 novel is written in the I-form by the survivor of a spying operation, Robert Halliday (RH). He is a former foreign and war correspondent in the Middle East, now a sought-after ghost writer for the rich and famous. RH is lured into new territory via a bomb threat and a picture of the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad, where he was held years ago for nine months by Iraqi security. The sender of the bomb (it does arrive) and the picture, correctly assumes RH feels he has a score to settle in Iraq.
The book gathers pace very slowly because of all the technicalities raised by RH in the first half. He is asked to write a book based on two manuscripts: a shady MS by a 19th century Russian anarchist, the other still unwritten, dealing with future acts of world-wide terrorism. His source person on this also sent him the bomb and postcard. He is a secretive trader in intelligence called Zander. His and Robert’s life will be in ever present danger: a rich Gulf person or ruler has put a price of USD 20m on Zander’s head to prevent him from disclosing to Robert what he knows… I leave the outcome to readers.
Over time Ambler develops his lead character Robert from a pedantic person obsessed by contract technicalities into a real flesh and blood man.
Ambler has written a timeless novel by not mentioning brand names, types of cars or airplanes. Well-structured and –paced and written in a precise style. Deserves to be read again.
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.