An epic novel of high courage and low cunning, of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world.
Two men who hate each other are committed to working together on a job far more dangerous than they knew when they signed up.
These men are surveillance experts, lying in a mosquito-infested Iranian marsh for days, part of a huge international operation designed to kill a celebrated maker of the roadside bombs which kill so many British soldiers.
And if things to wrong, as far as Her Majesty's Government is concerned, their part in the plot is totally deniable.
Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon which we rely for our everyday security - and the amazing reserves of courage which ordinary people can find in extraordinary circumstances.
It's a terrific read and one of Seymour's best. — The Sunday Times
An extraordinary work of fiction . . . Serious readers will find in A DENIABLE DEATH not only suspense, strong characters and a realistic look at the world of espionage, but a majesty that is rare in fiction. At a certain point, the novel rises to a mythic level, portraying courage and loyalty and sacrifice almost beyond understanding. — Washington Post
One of the most venerable names of the thriller genre — Independent
Veteran thriller writer Seymour's outstanding 26th novel chronicles a British "interdiction" mission in contemporary Iraq and Iran . . . Seymour (Harry's Game) is strong on the details of surveillance and spycraft, but on even surer ground with his characters . . . Once the narrative gains momentum, it's hard to put this one down. — Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Gerald Seymour is the grand-master of the contemporary thriller and A DENIABLE DEATH is his greatest work yet. Gripping, revealing and meticulously researched, this is a page-turning masterpiece that will literally leave you breathless. — Major Chris Hunter, author of Extreme Risk
Gerald Seymour is considered the dabbest hand in the industry . . . still a master who executes his spy tales of murderous and political intrigue with rigour and flair . . . Seymour is a master at evoking the seemingly unchartable terrain of foreign landscapes - as a former reporter covering wars in Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Borneo, he brings to bear some every pertinent experience. His research into the espionage world is meticulous. Splendid stuff. — City AM
After 28 novels, Seymour's empathy for those he ensnares in his moral minefields remains movingly even-handed. — Daily Telegraph
gripping thriller — Sun
Seymour [is] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character . . . The ending is brilliantly orchestrated. — The Times
Crisp, taut and contemporary, by a stylish writer. — Rachel Redford, the Observer
'Discerning thriller readers can safely say that the best practitioner currently working in the UK is the veteran Seymour. He is, quite simply, the most intelligent and accomplished in the current field . . . Here, we have a typically compromised Seymour anti-hero, a masterfully organised globe-spanning narrative and a mass of highly persuasive detail. The Dealer and the Dead is Seymour firing on all cylinders, and his rivals need, once again, to look to their laurels. — Barry Forshaw
With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something. — Birmingham Press
[Seymour's latest story] doesn't disappoint — Oxford Mail
The final scenes are brilliantly orchestrated by Seymour, the sustained tension becoming almost unbearable . . . Without doubt, The Dealer and the Dead is one of the finest thrillers to be published so far this year. — Yorkshire Evening Post
[Seymour's] meticulous research shines through in his latest thriller. — Oxford Times
riveting stuff — Manly Daily
'In a day when shop-worn plots in the disguise of well-written books are doing the rounds, The Dealer and the Dead comes as a refreshing, breathtaking story that keeps you gripped right till the very end. — Indian Express
The Dealer and the Dead displays his usual ability to concoct a tightly controlled plot that is cleverly engineered . . . steadily crafted into a compelling tale . . . Another first-class thriller from the always reliable Seymour. — Canberra Times
A tense thriller. — Choice
In a class of his own — The Times on THE WAITING TIME
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 on THE COLLABORATOR
a vividly drawn ensemble of spooks, terrorists and civilians — Sunday Times Books of the Year 2011
A genuinely gripping page-turner — The Atlantic
[A] seasoned writer still adept at chronicling political intrigue . . . convincing and suspenseful — Wall Street Journal