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18 Mar 2010
Books: Time is an Ambush

Review in Shot Magazine


Time is an Ambush

Francis Clifford

Ostara/Top Notch Thrillers

If there’s any justice, Francis Clifford’s time will come again. Clifford was one of the most accomplished of British novelists working within the parameters of the adventure/espionage field; his métier was creating situations of extreme danger for his protagonists and freighting in moral choices that push them to the limit. Clifford initially pursued a career in the rice industry in China before the Second World War. As a soldier, he undertook a gruelling odyssey of 1,000 miles through occupied Burma, transmuting into his book Desperate Journey in 1979. He worked in the Special Operations Executive and (like many other writers) was to utilise this experience in his writing. Clifford was soon producing novels which showed an adroit mastery of plotting allied to a skill in the creation and manipulation of suspense worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. Time is An Ambush is vintage Clifford: a beautifully detailed, subtle (yet tense) piece in which a quintessential Englishman abroad, Stephen Tyler, becomes involved with the widow of a dead German in a small Spanish town. Originally published in 1962, Time is An Ambush reads as powerfully in the 21st century as the day it was written.

BARRY FORSHAW

 

(Barry Forshaw is the editor of The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction (2007) and the two-volume  British Crime Writing Encyclopedia (2009).)

 

Reviewed for Shots Magazine (www.shotsmag.co.uk) the largest UK internet site dedicated to crime fiction.

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