"Suspense master Seymour dazzles with commanding language and meticulous detail."
The Collaboratorby Gerald Seymour
³Not since the arrival of John le Carré has the emergence of an international suspense novelist been as stunning as that of Gerald Seymour, raved the Los Angeles Times Book Review upon publication of Rat Run. With The Collaborator Seymour has entered new territory, penning a novel of the Sicilian Mafia with the pace of Mario Puzo and the craft of Alan Furst.
She is an Italian accountancy student in London. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother. Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of clans such as Immacolata's family.
When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice, he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying series of events.
"A richly imagined novel that bristles with authenticity... a realistic portrait of a side of Naples that tourists rarely see." — Washington Post
- The Overlook Press
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Gerald Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast. He has since written twenty-four more bestselling novels, six of which have been filmed for television in the UK and US.
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There may have been a slow moment or two at the beginning of Gerald Seymour's sizzling novel, the Collaborator. But once he took off, the story soared until the very end. It has been a while since a book held my interest like this one did. Never a dull moment and many surprises make this a highly recommended read.
In London, Italian Immacolata Borelli attends school for a degree in accounting. When she learns of the death of her best friend Marianna Rossetti from leukemia, Immacolata flies to Naples to attend the funeral. However, Marianna's grieving raging parents treat her with scorn even spitting on her. They blame their daughter's death on the Borelli crime family that belongs to the vicious Camorra network of families; her kin controls Naples whose trucks dumped toxic material in the fields and waters. Immacolata is traumatized by the experience and believes redemption is in order for her implicit failure to acknowledge the harm her family causes. She returns to London where she calls the Palace of Justice in Naples offering her services as an informant turning in her family. Speciale Investigator Mario Castrolami works the Camorra case; he understands the danger Immacolata will face as the mob will kill anyone who betrays them; collateral damage being acceptable. On the other hand Immacolata failed to consider her English boyfriend Eddie Deacon a teacher; as ruthless "Il Pistole" enforces the mob rules, which means killing any informer even the daughter of a cherished leader. This is a great suspense thriller as the reader anticipates with each spin an OK Corral confrontation on the streets of Naples and perhaps London. Fast-paced with a strong cast on all sides of the law, Immacolata makes the tale as the title character who expects to die but believes she is finally doing the morally correct thing. Harriet Klausner