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All traces of self-esteem have been brutally stripped from Malachy Kitchen, an Intelligence officer posted to Iraq. He is accused of cowardice while on patrol with an infantry platoon ambushed by insurgents. Word spreads that he ran under hostile fire. In the military family there is no worse crime. Humiliated and broken, kicked out of the army, Malachy sinks into despair. He becomes an isolated recluse in a drug-infested London estate. But the mugging of an elderly widow by addicts lights a flame that draws him ...
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All traces of self-esteem have been brutally stripped from Malachy Kitchen, an Intelligence officer posted to Iraq. He is accused of cowardice while on patrol with an infantry platoon ambushed by insurgents. Word spreads that he ran under hostile fire. In the military family there is no worse crime. Humiliated and broken, kicked out of the army, Malachy sinks into despair. He becomes an isolated recluse in a drug-infested London estate. But the mugging of an elderly widow by addicts lights a flame that draws him to fight to regain his lost pride. His target is the network of narcotics traders.

Pushers, dealers, and suppliers are that network, and at their head is Ricky Capel, a crime baron importing heroin into the UK. Untouchable up to now, Capel will have to confront an enemy more driven than any of the policemen he has so far successfully outwitted.

Capel is fighting a war on only one front, but when his Albanian associates demand that he uses his drug route to ferry an Islamic fanatic to Britain, suddenly he is vulnerable from other directions...

From the author who "isn’t just abreast of the headlines, [but] ahead of them" (The Washington Post Book World), and who is truly "one of the unsung heroes of the political thriller" (Chicago Tribune), this is a novel at once international and personal -- and altogether riveting.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anglophiles with a taste for the dark side will enjoy the latest thriller from British author Seymour (The Unknown Soldier), despite an overly complicated plot involving drug trafficking and Mideast terrorism. Malachy Kitchen loses his job with British intelligence and is reduced to living on the street, abandoned by family and friends, after an apparent act of cowardice during the current Iraq war. Rescued by a stranger who judges him worthy of another chance, Kitchen moves to a drug-wrecked, gang-infested London housing project. After failing to prevent the mugging of an elderly neighbor, Kitchen employs his professional expertise against the local gangs. Meanwhile, a local drug lord is directed by his Hamburg supplier to do something that will carry him into far more shadowy realms than the drug trade. Unfortunately, since Kitchen comes across as such a pitiful figure for most of the book, readers will find it hard to like or identify with him until they gain a full understanding of his situation. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An al-Qaeda mastermind slithers across Europe while a soldier rebuilds a ruined life in the London slums in the latest intricate thriller from Seymour (Traitor's Kiss, 2006), modern master of the genre. Malachy Kitchen has hit rock-bottom. Drummed from Her Majesty's army for apparent cowardice in Iraq, and abandoned by his wife, the former intelligence officer is homeless and aimless when he is scooped up by a social worker and dropped into one of the toughest housing projects in London with orders to get a life. His climb begins with a near tragedy. The old lady next door, a woman who has shown him a little kindness, is mugged and hospitalized, and her nephew, a tough cop, uses emotional blackmail to force Kitchen to do what the police cannot do, i.e., neutralize the thugs who victimized his aunt. And Kitchen does just that. Those thugs, worker bees in the local drug economy, are soon found hanging humiliatingly alive from the roof of the council tower. The cop then forces Kitchen to take out the goon who controlled the criminals. Then the job takes hold of Kitchen. He moves on voluntarily to the next level of revenge, and the next, until he is matched against Ricky Capel, the local capo whose drugs come through a connection with the Albanian mafia in Germany. It is that connection that will eventually put Kitchen on track to intercept a special package Ricky has been ordered to pick up from the storm-wracked coast of the Friesian islands. That package is a spectacularly lethal terrorist of great interest to a pair of British spies trying to recover their own careers. Complex, human, tense, engaged and-in all ways-wonderful. Nobody can touch Gerald Seymour.
From the Publisher
“On every possible count, Seymour is the master.”
–Sunday Times

“A superb feat of storytelling by a master of his craft.”
–The Times

From the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590200247
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Seymour has lived in the West Country for several years and was once a reporter for Independent Televisions News. His bestselling novels include, among others, Harry’s Game, The Glory Boys, Red Fox, Field of Blood, The Heart of Danger, Killing Ground, The Waiting Time, A Line in the Sand, Holding the Zero, The Untouchable, Traitor’s Kiss and, most recently, The Unknown Soldier.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    a disappointed fan

    Loved all Seymour's books, because they described important political events in an unusual illuminating way, while being a captivating thriller at the same time. This book is, contrary to all others, so complicated that one looses interest and thread.

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