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A masterpiece of thriller writing that forces us to confront the moral and political grey areas of modern conflicts.
Mattie Furniss has run British Intelligence agents in Iran from his desk in London for two decades. But when he is ordered to the country himself, it is clear that times are desperate.
One of Furniss' key informants and close friends is Charlie Eshraq, a young Iranian whose family was murdered during the revolution. Charlie is determined to avenge their deaths and becomes involved in drug smuggling to fund his campaign.
When the daughter of a prominent MP dies from a heroin overdose and the British establishment demands a crackdown on Iranian drug traffickers, Mattie and Charlie suddenly find themselves alone in the spider's web. In a hostile environment where their every move is watched, will they be able to escape alive?
Seymour's story ties us expertly in knot. A spy thriller of quality - Daily Telegraph
He spins one of the world's best yarns with the laid-back laconicism of the hardened pro - The Times
Seymour carries it off with bravura, balancing the dilemma with fast jabbing action - Guardian
A superb thriller... Seymour is a brilliant storyteller - Sunday Express
Fast and action-packed... Everything the modern novel ought to be but rarely is - Financial Times
Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever.
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.
Gerald was interviewed recently on Andrew Marr's Sleuths, Spies and Sorcerers on BBC TV.