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    • ISBN:9781848940604
    • Publication date:17 Sep 2009

The Collaborator

By Gerald Seymour

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'I consider this author to be in a class of his own . . . His writing is superb, his plots tight and his research authentic. He is just the best we have in this area.' Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller, 2008

Deadlier than the Mafia, the Camorra never forget, and never forgive.

She is an Italian accountancy student in London, and her boyfriend Eddie teaches at a language school. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother, wanted for multiple murders back home in Naples.

For the Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia.

Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator of the Camorra, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of the clans. When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice - to betray her own family - he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying and unpredictable series of events.

The Borellis will not lose their criminal empire without a vicious fight. They will use anything and anyone to prevent her from giving evidence against them. Even Eddie, and Eddie's life.

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  • ISBN: 9780340918883
  • Publication date: 10 Jun 2010
  • Page count: 544
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
The veteran thriller writer takes the mafia on with devastating results — Observer, Best Books of the Year 2009
Seymour is not one to cut corners. He does his research, thinks hard about his story and gives us richly imagined novels that bristle with authenticity. — Washington Post
Seymour's venture into the world of the film Gomorrah is a terrific success, with memorable main charactters, typically convincing handling of police and criminal methods and a strong climax. — John Dugdale, The Sunday Times
A dense, intensely satisfying thriller from one of the modern masters of the craft, Seymour's latest novel will remind the world just how phenomenally accomplished a thriller writer he is. — Daily Mail
A propulsive, neatly structured thriller — Guardian
The veteran writer has rarely strayed from forging complex and innovative thrillers . . . In THE COLLABORATOR, his professionalism ensures a forceful, kinetic narrative. — Independent
Tight writing and meticulous research . . . Seymour paints the streets of Naples and their dark denizens with an artist's brush that lingers equally on the grime, the glitter and the blood — Peter Millar, The Times
Intricately researched incidents that surge to a dramatic crescendo — Telegraph
The pace leaves you breathless . . . Once again, Seymour has proved that he is the master of the thriller genre. — Edinburgh Evening News
Not only is this gripping from the first, as Seymour establishes a convincing human relationship in a way that many thriller writers don't, but it deals with a real entity that is as terrifying in life as it is in this absorbing book. — City AM
'In a class of his own' — The Times on THE WAITING TIME
The finest thriller writer in the world today — Daily Telegraph on THE UNTOUCHABLE
'Mario Puzo, eat your heart out' — The Times on KILLING GROUND
'A superb feat of storytelling by a master of his craft' — Sunday Telegraph on THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
'A genuinely exciting epic' — Daily Telegraph on THE UNTOUCHABLE
A writer who knows exactly what pressure to exert and when . . . you will not stop for a cup of tea or even breathe much — Guardian on THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
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