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A Deniable Death

A Deniable Death

From the author of Harry’s Game A Sunday Times ‘100 best crime novels and thrillers since 1945’ pick

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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense / Espionage & Spy Thriller

On Sale: 4th August 2011

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781848949430

Reviews

Picking up a novel by Gerald Seymour is like taking a deep breath of fresh air . . . his subject here is the Middle East, presented with a vividness and veracity that makes most of his rivals look footling . . . As always with Seymour, the sense of a minatory foreign landscape is acutely rendered . . . never have the badlands of Iraq been evoked with such oppressive rigour. And how many other writers would have fleshed out the bomb-maker, who would simply represent "evil" in most thrillers? Seymour allows us into the life and consciousness of this man, movingly describing his marriage to a mortally ill woman. When readers get to the nailbiting climax, involving an agonising wait for airborne rescue, they may be wondering why they should bother with any other thriller writer.
<i>Independent</i>
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.
<i>Washington Post</i>
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.
<i>Publishers Weekly</i> Starred Review
Seymour is a master of the thriller set on the murky edges of modern war . . . As ever he juggles action, context and suspense with a special-forces level of expertise. How long before he turns to Libya?
<i>i</i>
Gerald Seymour is the grand-master of the contemporary thriller and 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 <i>Extreme Risk</i>
After 28 novels, Seymour's empathy for those he ensnares in his moral minefields remains movingly even-handed.
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>
gripping thriller
<i>Sun</i>
Mr Seymour is . . . on form . . . The tradecraft of silent watching and the discomfort, thirst and increasing claustrophobia of the hideout are brought very much to life . . . the grim landscape of the border region and the harsh lives of its inhabitants are skilfully evoked
<i>The Economist</i> (Australia)
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.
<i>Washington Post</i> on THE COLLABORATOR
Seymour [is] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character'
<i>The Times</i>
'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.
<i>Birmingham Press</i>
In a class of his own
<i>The Times</i> on THE WAITING TIME
one of the modern masters of the craft
<i>Daily Mail</i> on THE COLLABORATOR
a vividly drawn ensemble of spooks, terrorists and civilians
<i>Sunday Times</i> Books of the Year 2011
a vividly drawn ensemble of spokes, terrorists and civilians
John Dugdale
one of the most venerable names of the thriller genre, Gerald Seymour, showed that age was not withering him.
<i>Independent Books of the Year<i>
It's a terrific read and one of Seymour's best.
The Sunday Times