Re: RARA-AVIS: Block, O'Hara, Maugham, Gil Brewer and Flannery O'Connor

From: Graham Powell (
Date: 15 Feb 2002

>From: "Rene Ribic" <>
>Somehow, I've never been able to get into
>him (Maugham), except for one short story whose title escapes me, about
>off some German spy in the Swiss Alps, of which I've also seen a British
>film from the 1930's (?).

I can't remember the title, but this was one of his stories about Ashenden
(from the antho. of the same name), a British spy during the first world war. I understand that Maugham himself was a spy, and that the stories are more or less autobiographical. I've read several and they're all pretty good.

---------- Hardboiled and Noir

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