The Dealer and the Dead


"The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth—Gerald Seymour." –New York Times

The Dealer and the Dead is the newest heart-pounding thriller from international bestselling author Gerald Seymour, the "best spy novelist ever" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Sometimes surviving a war can almost seem worse than dying in it.

Vukovar, 1991—a small ...

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"The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth—Gerald Seymour." –New York Times

The Dealer and the Dead is the newest heart-pounding thriller from international bestselling author Gerald Seymour, the "best spy novelist ever" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Sometimes surviving a war can almost seem worse than dying in it.

Vukovar, 1991—a small Croatian village near the Serbian border. In a moonlit field, the villagers await an arms shipment they need to make a last-ditch fight against the advancing Serbs. The promised delivery never comes, and the village is 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, Harvey Gillot regards himself a man of his world. There is only one blemish on his record, and that was all a long time ago. But Gillot, 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 reaches out to the present—and it’s holding a gun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/09/2013
A war crime propels this stellar thriller from Edgar-finalist Seymour (Harry’s Game). One night during the Balkan conflict of the early 1990s, four Croat fighters crouch in a cornfield outside the town of Vukovar in eastern Slavonia as they wait for a shipment of arms that will enable them to fight off their Serb attackers. The arms never come, they are killed, and the town is almost destroyed. In the present, the name of the man who reneged on the arms deal, Harvey Gillot, has become synonymous in the history of the town with all that is evil. Various people have business with the successful, wealthy Gillot, including Robbie Cairns, a young hit man in a London crime family; Det. Sgt. Mark Roscoe with the Serious Crime Directorate; Megs Behan, a researcher for the antigovernment organization Planet Protection; Penny Laing, a member of HM Revenue and Customs Alpha team; and a retired Secret Intelligence Service officer, flamboyant Benjamin Arbuthnot. How Seymour develops these characters and manipulates them until they all end up in Vukovar is a testament to his talent and skill. Agent: Jonathan Lloyd, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
In 1991, Croatian villagers pooled together their worldly goods to buy weapons to use against advancing Serb forces, only to be left defenseless by a shadowy arms dealer who took the money and ran. Nearly 20 years later, survivors of the brutal attack discover his identity and pay to have him killed to avenge the deaths. Harvey Gillot, the still-active, internationally successful arms dealer, regards this betrayal as the only blot on his record. But it increasingly haunts him. When he learns his life is at risk, he goes underground, moving his family to a remote, southern part of England. In spite of his efforts to disappear, he is pursued not only by a young London hit man struggling to live up to crime family standards, but also a police detective, a customs agent, an NGO arms monitor and a retired intelligence officer. Arms dealing, we learn, is not illegal under British law if certain conditions are met. The morality of moving weapons to various parts of the world is not so easily resolved. Seymour's 25th novel, published in England in 2010, has its share of nail-biting moments, gaining intensity down the stretch. But it largely eschews action scenes in favor of a simmering, multilayered account of the past catching up to the present. Gillot is in a classic melancholic mode; readers who like more adrenalized thrillers might do better to look elsewhere. Those who are drawn to densely woven, slowly unfolding plots and thoughtful writing will rate this book a winner. Decades after establishing himself as a master of British spy fiction with Harry's Game, Seymour shows no signs of slowing down or losing relevance.
From the Publisher
Starred review. "...a testament to (Seymour's) talent and skill." - Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250018786
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 596,226
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALD SEYMOUR was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years, where his first assignment was covering the Great Train Robbery in 1963. He later covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, Israel and Northern Ireland.  Seymour was on the streets of Londonderry on the afternoon of Bloody Sunday, and was a witness to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast, which became an instant international bestseller and later a television series. Six of Seymour's thrillers have now been filmed for television in the UK and US.  The Dealer and the Dead is his twenty-seventh novel.

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