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The Outsiders Hardcover – July 5, 2012

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Those [Seymour] sends off into dangerous territory are, in fact, his readers. With each book, we enter a dangerous universe, and are totally involved with utterly plausible characters, faced with moral choices that are rarely straightforward ... The single most important element here is the obsessive Winnie, whose pursuit of revenge for her dead agent is the motor for all that happens. Winnie is a forceful creation, with her burning resentment against those who feel contempt for the way the rest of us live. Independent Once again demonstrating his ability to probe the moral murkiness of the spy trade and create an absorbingly diverse ensemble, Seymour crafts a sophisticated, reader-teasing tale. The Sunday Times [Seymour's] books are rich in the drama of people reacting to events and situations they never could have expected. Weekend Press, New Zealand 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 '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 told, but you also feel you are learning something. Birmingham Press In a class of his own The Times on THE WAITING TIME one of the modern masters of the craft Daily Mail on THE COLLABORATOR

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1St Edition edition (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444705881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 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 Mr. Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 4, 2014
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“Who was Winnie Monks? … She worked for an organization that did not acknowledge brotherhoods or sisterhoods … She was haunted by doubts, lonely to the point of desperation. She had given her life to the Service and would finish poor as a pauper.” ‒ from THE OUTSIDERS

Winnie Monks heads an anti-organized crime investigative unit within MI5. The unit is close-knit … a family. Then, one of her team is brutally kicked to death while on assignment in Budapest. Winnie vows vengeance on the unknown killers no matter how long it takes.

Now, three years later, Winnie’s team has since been disbanded and its members scattered throughout the organization as counter-terrorism takes center stage. But Winnie hasn’t forgotten her vow. So, after a walk-in MI6 informant reveals the killers to be the Russian fixer and smuggler “Major” Petar Borsonov and his two bodyguards, Ruslan the “Master Sergeant” and Grigoriy the “Warrant Officer”, and a memo is sent to MI6’s sister service across the Thames, Monks gets permission from her Director to reactivate her team and take the Major down. But this time, the team also includes Sparky, an ex-Parachute Regiment sniper burdened with guilt and PTSD.

Borsonov is tracked to a villa on the Spanish Costa del Sol and Winnie’s team intends surveillance of the target from an ostensibly vacant villa next door. Unbeknownst to the team, however, their observation post is occupied by a young and unremarkable English couple, Jonno and Posie, keeping an eye on the place and the house cat while the owner is back in England for surgery.
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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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