Friday, June 20, 2008

The Third Man by Graham Greene

The Third Man is Graham Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a 'smashed dreary city' occupied by the four Allied powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero, Harry Lime. But Harry has died in suspicious circumstances, and the police are closing in on his associates...

I'd never read anything by Graham Greene before, but after this book I'll give some of his other books a chance. The Third Man is a fairly short story of a man investigating an old friend's death. It's very cinematic in its feel (it was the outline of a screenplay that was made into a film of the same name apparently) set in an occupied Vienna. I'm not big into detective/crime books, but this was fairly interesting and fast-paced with new clues in each chapter and an interesting few twists.

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