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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444705881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705881
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The plot and the subplots were lame too.
Errol C. Friedberg
The Outsiders is not my favourite Seymour novel but nonetheless, one which is still a great read and streets ahead of most of his contemporaries.
Geoffrey C. James
Its a great story and extremely well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There's a familiar story of revenge and payback at the heart of The Outsiders, of shadowy agencies setting their own agendas and dealing out their own sense of justice. In his latest novel, Seymour turns his attention to the Costa del Crime, which is the setting for a planned hit/arrest of one crime lord by MI5 operatives looking to avenge a murdered colleague. In the movies this would be an excuse for jingoistic declarations, fake glamour and exciting high-speed action sequences, but we know better than to expect anything like that from Gerald Seymour, currently the finest writer in this international spy thriller genre by far. Seymour's vision of this modern criminal undercover underworld is a far more nuanced one - authoritative, well-researched, meticulously structured and laid out in writing that still packs a punch.

The subject might seem like small-fry in comparison to recent Seymour novels dealing with the legacy of the war in Bosnia and current operations in Afghanistan, but it's the author's proposition - made repeatedly, but convincingly - that International East European and Russian crime syndicates present a much more serious threat to the world, and have a much higher rate of victims than international terrorism. Being tough on international crime however is not the same kind of vote winner as waging war on terrorism, and it's far more difficult to put into simplistic black-and-white terms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is another intricately plotted and minutely researched novel from Gerald Seymour. It is very well-written and makes an enjoyable and interesting read.

In this book, Seymour deals with the fight against global organised crime, and specifically the Russian "mafiya." As always, he sets out not just to entertain but to illustrate the processes and politics of intelligence operations, the moral dilemmas they pose and the effect on the individuals involved. Seymour's agenda is clear early on when his characters lament the tiny budgets allocated to fighting organised crime while anti-terrorism attracts many millions. One of them reflects that, "The threat to her country of international terrorism was minimal compared to the dangers posed by organised crime. The first might splash blood and summon the headlines of outrage, but the other moved in darkness, evil and secrecy, contaminating all who came within its reach... Terrorism scratched spectacular but superficial wounds; organised crime caused terminal and irreversible sickness."

Seymour paints a convincing picture of this in a semi-clandestine operation by MI5 in Spain against a brutal Russian crime boss who murdered an agent years before. The individuals involved are all well-painted from the obsessive director of the operation to the young, innocent tourists who become caught up in it. The criminals themselves and the effects of their criminality are also convincingly portrayed, the plot moves slowly and meticulously but never drags and I found myself very caught up in it. The book does have its flaws, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Simmonds on July 2, 2013
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An enjoyable read in the British MI5/6 tradecraft genre with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Winkelman on January 27, 2013
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I love Seymour's books because they seem so very real. This one about the Russian Mafia "retiring" in Spain yet still participating to a limited extent enforced a belief I have that the Communist regime in the USSR created monstors who are more morally corrupt than the bad guys our law enforcement people hunted down during the Depression and the Mafia types from various countries who are now in the USA. The characters occupying the Russian household and those Russians traveling to Spain, organizing a drug smuggling route, are almost as real as those staying in the neighboring house in an effort to get information that will take them down.
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By Big Bertha on July 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
MI5 agent Winnie Monks is big on loyalty and as leader of 'The Graveyard Team' she vowed to avenge the death of youngest member Damien Fenby, brutally murdered in Budapest. Years later a embittered young Russian walks into the British Embassy in Baku and puts a name to her target. She gathers together the former members of her team and using her contacts heads up an operation to make that goal a reality.

Jonno and girlfriend Posie are offered the opportunity to house-sit a property on the outskirts of Marbella and jump at the chance of a couple of weeks in the sun at Villa Paraiso. Their dreams of an idyllic break don't last long however, the property is run down, the location not what they thought and unexpected guests turn up to carry out an MI5 undercover surveillance operation on the property next door.

With a tightly knit and cleverly executed plot this thriller took me into the heart of the Costa del Crime. The cast of characters was confusing at first but the strength of this novel was in the detail. The location was superbly described and the expat community of Marbella and their disillusionment with the Spanish dream, the influx of Eastern Europeans and criminals who had made this area their home was well depicted.

A good read, an intelligent plot with the tension building to a satisfying conclusion.
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