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Above Suspicion Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“Characters are easy to love.” – The Celebrity Café
“Helen MacInnes has been called the Queen of Spy Writers, and after reading Titan Press’ re-release of Above Suspicion and Pray For a Brave Heart, I can see why.” – Nerd in Babeland
“I found myself gripped by Above Suspicion and the depth of MacInness’s story, charmed by her natural ability to ease through genres; scenes were at times humorous, frustrating, exciting, and romantic as the adventure progressed. Her confidence as a writer and her bold determination bring a certain invigoration to the novel, making it a well-rounded spy story steeped in the detailed history of pre-war Europe.” – Literary Inkling
“It's a story that dives in within 10 pages, and generally doesn't stop until the very end. It's truly like a great Bond movie.” – Fruitless Pursuits
About the Author
Helen MacInnes (1907-1985) was the Scottish-born American author of 21 spy novels. Dubbed "the queen of spy writers", her books have sold more than 25 million copies in the United States alone and have been translated into over 22 languages. Several of her books have been adapted into films, such as Above Suspicion (1943), with Joan Crawford, and The Salzburg Connection (1972).
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However, the frequent typos (whether missing or incorrect punctuation, misspellings or the substitution of a wrong word) were so very grating that I wished I had bought an old print edition. Project Gutenberg has more competent and dedicated proofreaders. Maybe Kindle decided it didn't need to proof at all. It's extremely irritating to buy a copy of a well-loved book and find jarring errors sprinkled throughout.
Tell you what, Kindle editors. I'll proof for you, and then you send out corrected versions. Literate readers will be so grateful!
Some of the other reviewers have suggested the characterization is clichéd. I disagree. It's quick and shallow, as befits a thriller, but the Nazis are presented fairly, and the chilling scene where the heroine hears a terrible scream from the Jewish quarter, and the police not only do not look into it, but prevent her from trying to do so either -- that scene, I believe, comes from real life. Nazi Germany was a deeply unpleasant place.
Indeed, what's unbelievable is not that the Germans are menacing, but that the protagonists are able to get away from them. It takes some tricky plotting to find them a good way out. But MacInnes controls her pace and place-setting so well that we accept the escapes when they happen.
EXCEPT for the Kindle. Like so many Kindle editions, this one has errors here and there we can see, and perhaps many more which we can't see. For a long time all a reader might notice is the occasional unnecessary, comma. But then, right at the climax of the book, come three lines missing from page 300 or so, appearing on about page 303, and a general feeling that as much as a page of text may have dropped out entirely while all that misplacement was going on.
Reading a Kindle is like finding a half-destroyed set of books in a burned-down building. How lucky we are to get things so cheap -- and how sad it is how much we have to miss, in payment for all that convenience.
If I were a real MacInnes fan, I'd recommend getting a print version and eating the extra cost. As things stand, I can only warn you: the Kindle ABOVE SUSPICION is good enough to see you home in peacetime, but it wouldn't get you out of Nazi Germany.
It must also be said that the Kindle version of this book is, alas, deeply flawed. Besides irritating typos, including misplaced punctuation and bizarre misspellings, there seem also to be entire lines of text that are either missing or misplaced. Seriously, there is no excuse for publishers to pay so little attention to the production of e-books.
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