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Gerald Seymour is the acknowledged master of the modern British thriller.
This is the moment that MI6 has been working for: an Iranian soldier has been caught in a Dubai honey trap and flown to a safe house for interrogation. He may only be a Corporal in the Revolutionary Guard, but as chauffeur to a top general, he knows the location of secret nuclear and military sites and often overhears unguarded conversations in the car. It s a coup to put the Brits one up on the Americans and Israelis. But the Corporal won t talk unless they bring his wife out of Iran too.
The SAS is asked to find the woman and smuggle her out of Tehran but they turn it down as an impossible risk... which is how three former soldiers hired from a London agency and Zach Bennett, a university drop-out recruited for his Persian language skills, find themselves about to cross the world s most dangerous frontier on a mission that will mean certain death if they are caught. And the Corporal s wife is not the kind of person they expected to find. In fact, the fiery, independent, beautiful Farideh is not like anyone Zach Bennett has ever met in his life.
The Corporal's Wife is an epic, nail-biting story of courage and betrayal, a brilliant glimpse into a closed society and the way the secret services operate on both sides of the line between politics and morality.
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.