SOMETIMES, surviving a war can almost seem worse than dying in it.
In a Croatian village near Vukovar, no one who survived will ever forget the night they waited for the weapons they needed to make a last-ditch fight against the advancing Serbs.
The promised delivery never came, and the village was 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, arms dealer Harvey Gillott regards himself as a man of his word.
There is only one blemish on his record, and that was long ago.
But Gillott, 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 suddenly reaches out to the present - and it's holding a gun.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 08/07/2010
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780340918906
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Review by Hagelstein
If Gerald Seymour has a formula, it is this: Lay out a situation with life and death potential, introduce characters, build plot, make the characters come alive, and finally – bring them together in a detailed, choreographed, inexorable, and highly suspenseful blast of a conclusion. The good guys don’t always win and the bad guys don’t always get their due. Sometimes the good guys are bad and the bad guys are something approaching good. And they’re not always guys. Women have a substantial place in Seymour’s stories. In this case, a Croatian village hires a hit man to kill British arms dealer Harvey Gillott after they identify him nineteen years after he betrayed them by not delivering weapons they paid for to hold off murdering Serb forces. The hit mobilizes several characters from competing law enforcement, intelligence, and non-government agencies.Filled with moral ambiguities, choices, and consequences, The Dealer and the Dead is more than the standard suspense story, as are all of Seymour’s books.