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A Line in the Sand by Gerald Seymour

A Line in the Sand

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Gerald Seymour is a master thriller writer, most famous for Harry’s Game, whose classic books are being reissued to excite a new generation. First published in 1999, the premise to this explosive thriller touches on the absurd but the unusual setting actually serves to make it one of the best of Seymour’s brilliant thrillers. Frank Perry has long been wanted dead by the Iranians thanks to his years of espionage in the country. He’s already had his secret identity blown once and had to build a completely new life, so when it happens again he digs in his heels and refused to move on forcing the security services to protect him from a deadly Iranian assassin who’s arrived in rural Suffolk to kill him.

If you like Gerald Seymour you might also like to read books by Nelson DeMille, Christopher Reich and Frederick Forsyth.

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A Line in the Sand by Gerald Seymour

In a village on the Suffolk coast, Frank Perry waits for his past to arrive. A decade before he spied for the Government on the Iranian chemical and biological weapon installations. His information damaged their killing capacity for years. Now, Iran will have its revenge and has despatched their most deadly assassin to fulfil the task. Codenamed the Anvil, he will move with stealth towards his chosen objective unless Perry's protectors can reach him first. As he draws nearer, the ring of steel around Perry grows tighter. But against a faceless adversary, and with the job fatally compromised by the stifling political bureaucracy surrounding it, there seems little chance that the past will not have its day once more...


'A classic... Maybe his best yet' The Times

'Brilliantly written and deserving of the Book Prize, if only it wasn't so populist' Mail on Sunday

'Gripping momentum... Depth of characterisation, wealth of colour and detail, and precision of prose... New vintage stuff' The Times

'Brilliantly crafted' Sunday Times

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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Publication date

18th December 2014


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


Action Adventure / Spy
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Espionage & spy thriller



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