DIRTY STORY. A further account of the life an adventures of Arthur Abdel Simpson

(London: The Bodley Head Canada Ltd, 1967).

FIRST EDITION OF THIS FINE STORY BY ERIC AMBLER. The book continues the life of Ambler's anti-hero, petty criminal Arthur Abdel Simpson, a man whose English father and Egyptian mother have given him uncertain citizenship. Simpson took part in a daring Istanbul robbery in Ambler's earlier novel THE LIGHT OF DAY.
In Dirty Story Simpson faces the prospect of becoming a penniless exile, a non-citizen of any country. He is forced to become a mercenary for a cynical Central African mining company seeking to secure control of land rich in rare earth ores. He is a misfit with little military experience and is unsuited for the role of mercenary; however, he manages to outwit his ruthless adversaries who are seasoned professionals.
This is one of several novels by Ambler in which statelessness or the danger of becoming stateless (an exile, not a citizen of any country and unwelcome in all countries) features prominently in the plot. It was nominated for the 1967 Gold Dagger award. Wiki. Item #32313

First Edition, printed in London for the Canadian office of the publisher. 8vo, publisher's original olive cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, in the original printed and decorated dustjacket. 210 pp. a fine copy in a very pleasing and well preserved dustjacket, slight mellowing.

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