“The thriller is an extension of the fairy tale. It is melodrama so embellished as to create the illusion that the story being told, however unlikely, could be true.” - Eric Clifford Ambler (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer of spy novels who introduced a new realism to the genre. Ambler also used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. [wiki]
Quoted from A Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations. Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p. 7. See Amazon.com.
NB. Title of this post, courtesy Julia Buckley @ Mysterious Musings