A stunning contemporary thriller from a master of the genre
Gerald Seymour was one of the UK's premier television news reporters. He was an eyewitness, up close and on the ground, to some of the epoch changing events of the last decades. Among them, he was on the streets of Londonderry on Bloody Sunday when paratroops clashed with Irish demonstrators. He was at the Munich Olympics and saw the agony of Israeli athletes held hostage by Palestinian gunmen and then the catastrophic failure of the German police to save them. He was in Rome in the cruel days when the Red Brigade captured Aldo Moro, a veteran politician, then savagely murdered him. His first novel, Harry's Game, was an instant bestseller and immediately established Seymour as one of the most cutting-edge and incisive thriller writers in the UK and around the world. Since then, his extraordinary blend of breathtaking storytelling and current events prescience have held his many readers in his spell.
This chillingly believable thriller from British author Seymour (Rat Run) charts the course of a shy young terrorist from Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Hussein (known as a "walking dead" for the explosive vest he wears), as Hussein works his way closer and closer to detonating his bomb--in Luton, a town 30 miles north of London. Seymour shifts agilely between the terrorists, led by mastermind Muhammad Ajaq (known as the Scorpion), and those in the U.K. whose job it is to stop the oncoming carnage, in particular David Banks, a detective constable authorized to carry firearms. Much of the interest for readers will be trying to guess how the many characters, including assorted bystanders whose lives become enmeshed in the increasingly complex proceedings, will receive his or her moment on stage. Seymour handles all the elements like the professional he is as the twisting plot builds to a satisfying conclusion. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"The finest thriller writer in the world today"--"Daily Telegraph""The master of the modern adventure story"--"The Times""A master of his craft"--"Sunday Telegraph"
Seymour (Rat Run) forsakes the black-and-white view of post-9/11 popular fiction, delving into the grays of motivation and response. The strands of his multiple narratives begin to connect as a planned suicide attack comes closer to fruition. The author examines his characters--a disaffected security officer, a sleazy juror, a retiring functionary, and the terrorists--from various angles, raising questions about the necessity and morality of action outside the bounds of law. Minor characters play a role in the climax, but including their stories detracts from the overall pacing. Despite this slight flaw, this is still highly recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.