Author(s): Gerald Seymour
C.R.O.P.: Covert Rural Observation Posts are places where men like Danny 'Badger' Baxter hide for endless, motionless hours, secretly recording criminal or terrorist activity.But now Badger has a bigger job than photographing dissident Republicans in muddy Ulster fields or Islamic extremists on rainswept Yorkshire moors.I.E.D.: Improvised Explosive Devices are the roadside bombs which account for 80% of British casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.MI6 have a plan to assassinate the leading maker of these weapons when he leaves his house in Iran to visit Europe. But first, they need to know when he is leaving, and where he is going.So it is that Badger finds himself on the wrong side of the Iranian border, lumbered with a partner he loathes, lying under a merciless sun in a mosquito-infested marsh, observing the house. And knowing that if they are caught, Her Majesty's Government will deny all knowledge of them.Welcome to A Deniable Death.
'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 Extreme Risk Seymour [is] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character ... The ending is brilliantly orchestrated. -- The Times 20100718 'Crisp, taut and contemporary, by a stylish writer.' -- Rachel Redford, the Observer 20100808 '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 20100808 'With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something.' -- Birmingham Press 20100808 '[Seymour's latest story] doesn't disappoint' -- Oxford Mail 20100808 '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 20100808 '[Seymour's] meticulous research shines through in his latest thriller.' -- Oxford Times 20100808 'riveting stuff' -- Manly Daily 20100808 '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 20100808 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 20100824 'A tense thriller.' -- Choice 20100824 'In a class of his own' -- The Times on THE WAITING TIME 20100824 '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 20100824
Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years. He covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland. He has been a full-time writer since 1978. Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast, and since then six of his thrillers have been filmed for television in the UK and US. The Collaborator is Seymour's twenty-sixth novel.