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The Contract by Gerald Seymour

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Johnny Donoghue killed an innocent young woman on duty in Northern Ireland. Dishonourably discharged he wants to win back his honour and only an incredibly dangerous mission will do the trick. Willi Guttmann is a junior diplomat in the Soviet Embassy in Geneva who falls in love with an English girl and fakes his own death to defect. Of little use to MI6 they nevertheless discover his father is a brilliant scientist and set to use Willi as bait to lure his father to the West. Johnny takes the job of extracting him but things get oh so much more complicated than they should the minute he steps foot across the border.

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The Contract by Gerald Seymour

When a young Russian fakes his own death and defects from East Germany, his interrogators discover that his father, Otto Guttman, is a leading scientist working on Soviet missile systems. The British authorities need to persuade Otto to join his son in exchange for valuable intelligence. Johnny Donoghue appears to be the right man for the job. He enjoyed a glittering career in the British Army until he was discharged for his involvement in the shooting of a young girl in Northern Ireland. Now a teacher in a small provincial town and living with his mother, it is not difficult to convince him to accept the mission to atone for past mistakes and to escape from the infernal boredom. Donoghue can't know the dangers involved in crossing the German Border or how the fickle world of realpolitik will impinge on his task. And nothing can prepare him for the impact of the momentous decision that Otto has to make: whether to turn traitor and join the son he thought was dead, or to remain in Germany as the loyal and devoted subject they think him to be...


'Very good... This novel outclasses the thriller genre.'

- Financial Times

'Hyper-suspenseful... Not to be missed.'

'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

About the Author

Gerald Seymour

Gerald Seymour was our Guest Editor in August 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever.

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.

Author Photo © Gillian Seymour

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23rd October 2014


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


336 pages


Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
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