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I Was Jack Mortimer

I Was Jack Mortimer

I Was Jack Mortimer

By Alexander Lernet-Holenia  
Translated by Ignat Avsey  

“The cast of this brilliant thriller … are pure Raymond Chandler … but the Viennese setting gives it an extra, stylish twist. It’s excellently written and fearsomely gripping.”Kate Saunders, The Times

“A terrific fast-moving book. . . a truly clever, rather wonderful book that both plays with and defies genre”Irish Times

“A fascinating snapshot of Vienna between the wars, pacey and entertaining.”Laura Wilson, Guardian

A taxi-driver in 1930s Vienna impersonates a murder victim, and is caught into a dangerous spiral

Twice adapted for film, I Was Jack Mortimer is a tale of misappropriated identity as darkly captivating and twisting as the books of Patricia Highsmith.

“One doesn’t step into anyone’s life, not even a dead man’s, without having to live it to the end.”

A man climbs into Ferdinand Sponer’s cab, gives the name of a hotel, and before he reaches it has been murdered: shot through the throat. And though Sponer has so far committed no crime, he is drawn into the late Jack Mortimer’s life, and might not be able to escape its tangles and intrigues before it is too late…

Part of the Pushkin Press Classics series: outstanding classic storytelling from around the world, in a stylishly original series design. From newly rediscovered gems to fresh translations of the world’s greatest authors, this series includes such authors as Stefan Zweig, Hermann Hesse, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa and Gaito Gazdanov.

160 pages
Pushkin Press Classics, 2024
5 x 7 inches
ISBN 9781805330370
Thriller, Crime, Literary Fiction

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