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Above Suspicion de Helen MacInnes
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Above Suspicion (original: 1941; edição: 1989)

de Helen MacInnes (Autor)

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Richard and Frances Myles are preparing for their annual European summer vacation in 1939 when they are visited at their Oxford college by old friend Peter Galt, who has a seemingly simple job for them.  But in the heightened atmosphere of pre-war Europe, nobody is above suspicion, in fact the husband and wife are being carefully monitored by shadowy figures. Above Suspicion was MacInnes' breakthrough book, a bestseller published in 1941 and released as a movie in 1943, directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray. "Hide and seek with death - in the shadow of terror... The hallmarks of a MacInnes novel of suspense are as individual and as clearly stamped as a Hitchcock thriller." -The New York Times… (mais)
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Título:Above Suspicion
Autores:Helen MacInnes (Autor)
Informação:Harcourt (1989), Edition: Reissue
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Classic, set between the wars. ( )
  mirihawk | May 21, 2020 |
The majority of the story is spent describing the towns and cities of in Europe at the beginning of WWII, including lot of detail about the countryside. There are some quite suspenseful scenes, but its not consistent. This very much reminds me of several British noir films set during this time. ( )
  grandpahobo | Apr 2, 2020 |
Set in 1939, Richard and Frances Myles are preparing for their annual European summer vacation. However, they are unexpectedly visited at Oxford College by Peter Galt, an old friend, who requests a favour… Their mission is to go to Paris and meet a man at a specific place who will give them details for the next meeting point. An ordinary holiday turns into an extraordinary tale where a pre-war Europe is suspicious of everyone and everything and Richard and Francis Myles quickly realises it as they are hunted down by people trying to find out what they know. Soon the couple is forced to race across Europe ans must use all of their ingenuity to outsmart the shadowy figures that always seem to be on their tail.

Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes is a fun book to read, though there are of course a few things about it that may seem predictable. Written exceptionally well, Helen MacInnes have often been overlooked or forgotten, because her books are somewhat dated, yet there’s something wholesome about her writing. Spy novels are often cliché and most people prefer to read established writers in the genre, such as Ian Fleming and Tom Clancy. However, long before those writers came along, Helen MacInnes was already busy entertaining readers with tales of fantastic espionage and adventure.

Above Suspicion is a blast from the past with the central plot line surrounding World War II, where secrets, cigarettes and beer seems to be in abundance. That being said, when reading Above Suspicion one has to remember that it was written in a time when the world was very different. Women weren’t supposed to be heard, merely seen and as a result we have a very intelligent and strong female character who comes across as an underachiever. For feminists this might be a problem, but in a historical sense it’s quite an accurate portrayal.

All in all, I enjoyed Above Suspicion, because it reminded me that every genre has a beginning. I liked the writing and I enjoyed the storyline, but sometimes I did find it somewhat dreary. It’s alright though, because when you push through to the end, it’s all worth it.

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  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
Fantastic! For a an older book (pub. in 1941!), it had everything you'd want in a suspense book. Danger, spies, guns, bad guys, and a believable plot. I highly recommend it.

The author nailed the skewed perspective of the Nazi's even though this book came out near the beginning of WWII. I'm looking for more of her books. ( )
  MichelleConnell | Sep 26, 2018 |
I am always intrigued to see how literary tastes develop and change. ‘Above Suspicion’, published in 1941 and set in the summer of 1939 in the final few months before the outbreak of the Second World War, was Helen MacInnes’s first novel. It was very well received, spawning a film starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray, and launched her on a successful career writing fast paced spy thrillers with female protagonists. MacInnes was later dubbed by critics as the ‘Queen of Spy Fiction’.

It is fair to say that the novel has not aged well. It leans heavily on the tradition of the fast-paced world of Richard Hannay, and in many ways made me think of ‘Greenmantle’ though it lacks John Buchan’s beautiful prose. Richard Myles, and Oxford academic, and his wife Frances are commissioned by an old friend to spend their annual summer vacation travelling across Europe, moving from convoluted arrangements to meet one agent after another, until they can finally contact the lynchpin in the network who will, it is hoped, have some vital information to pass on to them.

Over the last fifty years or so, the espionage novel has undergone a major evolution. John le Carre has banished forever the world of the carefree amateur, wandering around Europe and swapping contrived password phrases. The Corinthian values of John Buchan’s characters, and the glamour and hi-tech accessories that characterise the James Bond series and its many imitators, have been superseded by le Carre’s realism, showing the world of espionage as one steeped in shabbiness, squalor and despair. I suspect that Helen MacInnes was always harking back to the values and literary tastes of a former and more favourable day. Sadly her book now seems lamentably out of date. That is, of course, no surprise, given that it is now seventy six years old, but it seems to have aged more heavily that many of its contemporaries.

I was surprised, however, at many of the values it expressed. One might expect a novel written in the 1940s by a man to express what now seem uncomfortably male chauvinist views, but it still came as a shock to see how heavily MacInnes herself bought into, and seemingly endorsed, that scheme of presumptions.

It was entertaining, but principally as a curio, and I doubt whether I shall be reading any more of her books in the foreseeable future. ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 10, 2018 |
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Richard and Frances Myles are preparing for their annual European summer vacation in 1939 when they are visited at their Oxford college by old friend Peter Galt, who has a seemingly simple job for them.  But in the heightened atmosphere of pre-war Europe, nobody is above suspicion, in fact the husband and wife are being carefully monitored by shadowy figures. Above Suspicion was MacInnes' breakthrough book, a bestseller published in 1941 and released as a movie in 1943, directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray. "Hide and seek with death - in the shadow of terror... The hallmarks of a MacInnes novel of suspense are as individual and as clearly stamped as a Hitchcock thriller." -The New York Times

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