The Light of Day Author:Eric Ambler When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with city and in need of a private driver. In other words, the perfect mark for Simpson's brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson riffling his wallet for traveler'... more »s checks.
Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. Then, when he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey's notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something both less sinister and much, much more audacious.« less
In Greece, a hackie gets set-up and forces to accept a job of driving a Lincoln from Athens to Turkey. Unfortunately for him, it is stuffed with illegal arms. So now he is under the control of the Turkish police who want him to spook the terrorists for them. Not much of a choice. Sort of similar to Le Carré's Russia House. But, what is the real plot of these so called "importers?" That you will not find out until well into the novel and it will probably be reminiscent of a popular movie from the 1960s. Enough said. Read it!