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.
'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.' -- Independent '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 '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 'After 28 novels, Seymour's empathy for those he ensnares in his moral minefields remains movingly even-handed.' -- Daily Telegraph 'gripping thriller' -- Sun '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' -- The Economist (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.' -- Washington Post on THE COLLABORATOR Seymour [is] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character' -- The Times 20100718 '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 20100718 'With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something.' -- Birmingham Press 20100718 'In a class of his own' -- The Times on THE WAITING TIME 20100718 'one of the modern masters of the craft' -- Daily Mail on THE COLLABORATOR 20100718 'a vividly drawn ensemble of spooks, terrorists and civilians' -- Sunday Times Books of the Year 2011 20100718 'one of the most venerable names of the thriller genre, Gerald Seymour, showed that age was not withering him.' -- Independent Books of the Year 20100718
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. A Deniable Death is Seymour's twenty-eighth novel.