The Riddle of the Sands (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)

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Regarded as one of the best spy stories ever written, this is the classic Secret Service novel. More like fact than fiction, it holds a special place in the affections of spy-novel fans for its richness of technical detail about inshore sailing, its highly sympathetic characters, an unsurpassed narrative style, and a setting and plot that recapture the European political scene on the eve of World War I.
Two young Englishmen, Davies and Carruthers, head for the Baltic Sea in the late 1890s for a holiday of sailing and duck-shooting. The mood gradually darkens as Davies discloses his suspicions of espionage in the North Frisian Islands, and Carruthers joins in an investigation that develops into a series of increasingly dangerous intrigues. Norman Donaldson, an expert on detective and suspense fiction, offers an Introduction with details about the author as well as the novel's background and its place in the history of the spy-novel genre.

About the Author

A former British imperialist who converted to the Irish nationalist cause, Erskine Childers (1870-1922) wrote about Irish politics and military matters. His life of conspiracy, gun-running, adventure, and rebellion concluded with his court-martial and death by firing squad.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486408798
ISBN-10: 0486408795
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: May 19th, 2011
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Dover Thrift Editions

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