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    • ISBN:9781444760095
    • Publication date:23 Oct 2014

The Contract

By Gerald Seymour

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A classic thriller from a master of the genre.

Discharged from the British Army in disgrace, Johnny Donoghue is eager to redeem himself. His task is to slip undercover into East Germany and persuade a prominent scientist working on Soviet missile systems to defect.But no one warns Johnny of the dangers involved in crossing the border, nor can he ever imagine the effect the actions of fickle politicians will have on his task.

Nothing can prepare Johnny for the impact of the momentous decision the scientist will be forced to make, and no one could have predicted the involvement of the scientist's headstrong daughter . . .

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  • ISBN: 9781444760101
  • Publication date: 23 Oct 2014
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Very good... This novel outclasses the thriller genre — Financial Times
Hyper-suspenseful... Not to be missed' — Guardian
Superior quality... Taps more than just adrenalin — Observer
Tension alone would make The Contract an unusually satisfying thriller. In addition it has characters simply but deftly drawn... The writing is crisp and confident — Sunday Independent
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