Ted Allbeury

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ALLBEURY, Ted (1917) English spy novelist. Like many writers in this genre Allbeury's work springs from actual experience (Army Intelligence, 1940-45). He came to fiction late (A Choice of Enemies, 1971), used plenty of technical information, and shone chiefly when transcribing personal experiences. Latterly he has tended to use the theme of espionage to illuminate aspects of the human condition, particularly its tragedies, and to expound on such subjects as the Russian mind. He used a pseudonym of Richard Butler for Where All the Girls Are Sweeter and Italian Assets

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Selected Books & Recommended Reading
A Choice of Enemies (1973)
Snowball (1974)
Palomino Blonde (1975)
The Special Collection (1975)
The Only Good German (1976)
Moscow Quadrille (1976)
The Man with the President's Mind (1977)
The Lantern Network (1978)
The Alpha List (1979)
Consequence of Fear (1979)

His narrative was straight forward and quick paced, with the good guy generally the winner. Unlike other espionage authors, his principal concern was with character depth. The gizmos were there, but only ever to back up the story or character. The outline of the locations in which the story took place always had the air of truth, and readers were amazed to learn that he had never been to most of the places he wrote about.

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