The only rules for survival in Ireland are: hear nothing, see nothing, know nothing.
In the villages and on the mountains of County Tyrone, in the heartland of the Provisional IRA's most active Brigade, the golden rules are 'hear nothing, see nothing, know nothing'. To collaborate with British Intelligence is to invite an inescapable death sentence.
But there is word on the mountain that inside the Brigade there is a 'tout': an informer. He will be identified, interrogated, tortured, then hooded and shot.
Gary Brennard, the MI5 field agent, and Parker, who runs the informer, have to protect their man at all costs: he is the critical asset to hold on to until the stakes are high enough... and if the innocent step into the crossfire, that's just bad luck.
Finely written with tension, action, suspense, atmosphere and topical authenticity. - Sunday Telegraph
The pace is relentless... With such writing, Seymour deservedly ranks among today's top thriller writers. - Sunday Express
A dark, rainswept novel, full of excitement and the vicious amorality of patriotism. - The New Yorker
It's many years since I have been so gripped by a thriller. - Daily Telegraph
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.