Happy birthday, Eric Ambler.
Master British spy novelist Eric Ambler was born today in 1909. He died in 1998.
Thankfully, much of his work has been reissued in trade paperback by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, including Background to Danger, Cause for Alarm, A Coffin for Dimitrios, Epitaph for a Spy, Journey into Fear, Judgment on Deltchev, The Light of Day, The Schirmer Inheritance, and State of Siege. His screen work includes the 1960 TV series Checkmate and screenplays for The Cruel Sea (1952), A Night to Remember (1958), and several of his own books.
Photo: Orson Welles (on the right) in the film version of Journey into Fear (1943).