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The Dealer and the Dead by Gerald Seymour

The Dealer and the Dead

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from, and you should for he is one of the best thriller writers we have. A must read.

June 2011 Book of the Month.

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‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’, or so the saying goes, and when a group of Croatian villagers think they have found out who betrayed them during the Serb/Croat war 18 years ago they plot their revenge. Another suspense filled thriller from a great story teller.

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

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The Dealer and the Dead by Gerald Seymour

SOMETIMES, surviving a war can almost seem worse than dying in it. In a Croatian village near Vukovar, no one who survived will ever forget the night they waited for the weapons they needed to make a last-ditch fight against the advancing Serbs. The promised delivery never came, and the village was overrun. Eighteen years later, a body is unearthed from a field, and with it the identity of the arms dealer who betrayed them. Now the villagers can plot their revenge. In leafy England, arms dealer Harvey Gillott regards himself as a man of his word. There is only one blemish on his record, and that was long ago. But Gillott, his family, his friends and his enemies are about to be pitched into a sequence of events that will unfold across Europe with breath-taking drama and almost biblical power. Harvey Gillott is about to find out what happens when the hand of the past suddenly reaches out to the present - and it's holding a gun.


Seymour [is] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character ... The ending is brilliantly orchestrated. -- The Times

'Crisp, taut and contemporary, by a stylish writer.
Rachel Redford, the Observer

'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 gold, but you also feel you are learning something.'
Birmingham Press

'[Seymour's latest story] doesn't disappoint'
Oxford Mail

'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

'[Seymour's] meticulous research shines through in his latest thriller.'
Oxford 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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23rd May 2011


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


464 pages


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