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Gerald Seymour
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2 Jan 1999

On a winter's night at the height of the cold war, in a small town on the Baltic coast of East Germany, a young man is dragged from the sea and killed by the regime's secret police. The witnesses are terrorized into silence. But a British woman is present and hears the shot which ends her lover's life.

A decade later, times have changed, the Wall dividing two great ideologies has crumbled and old enemies have become new friends. An ex-captain in the Stasi's counter espionage section, Dieter Krause is a fêted guest at the headquarters of British military intelligence. He is a prized asset, able to give a detailed profile of a rising star in the Russian Ministry of Defence. He is confident that the skeletons in his past are hidden, until...

Corporal Tracy Barnes, a clerk, attacks him in the officers' mess. For her, the waiting time is over. She was there at the scene of the young man's murder ten years before. She knows Krause is responsible. But she can't prove it - she needs the witnesses to talk. To make them do so, she must follow Krause to Germany, determined to see a long-delayed victory for justice. But defeat may mean a place on the mortuary slab.



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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (2 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552146056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552146050
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years, where his first assignment was covering the Great Train Robbery in 1963. He later covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland.

Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast, which became an instant bestseller and later a television series. Six of Seymour's thrillers have now been filmed for television in the UK and US.

Gerald Seymour has been a full-time writer since 1978. The Dealer and the Dead is his twenty-seventh novel.

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'One of the best plotters in the business' (Time Out)

'Stunning...Seymour is on top form' (Mail on Sunday)

'One of Britain's foremost pacy thriller writers' (Sunday Express)

'Seymour is writing at the peak of his powers...in a class of his own' (The Times)

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The ultimate post-cold war thriller from the bestselling author of Killing Ground.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disinterring the past 20 Jun 2004
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When revisiting past crimes, be careful what you wish for.
In 1988, the British Army Intelligence Unit in West Berlin, in an unauthorized operation, recruits a young East Berliner, Hans Becker. The go-between is a 22-year old I Corps junior stenographer, Corporal Tracy Barnes, who becomes Becker's lover. Becker is sent by his controller to East Germany's Baltic coast to glean information from radar base signals. There, Hans is captured and brutally murdered by Stasi Counter Espionage Captain Dieter Krause. Barnes suspects Krause's guilt, but can't prove it. And Hans remains the first and only man that Tracy has ever slept with.
Now, it's a decade later. The Berlin Wall is rubble, Germany is re-united, and Dieter Krause is the new darling of the German intelligence service, the BfV, because of the information he can provide on an old friend, Russian Army Colonel Pyotr Rykov, who's the influential personal assistant to the Russian Defense Minister. The Germans are showing Krause off, first to the Brits, then the Yanks. However, during a visit to the I Corps base in Ashford, Kent, Dieter is recognized by Barnes, who physically attacks him. Clapped into the base guardhouse, Tracy is interrogated by a veteran SIS man sent down from London, Albert Perkins of German Desk, but he gets nothing. Released from detention, Barnes goes to Germany to unearth the evidence to bring Dieter down. She's accompanied by Josh Mantle, a solicitor's clerk persuaded to the task by Tracy's mother. Josh, at 54, was once of I Corps, then of the Royal Military Police. Stubbornly his own man and awkwardly dedicated to principles, Mantle was discarded by the Army at the end of the Cold War. Now, he's tired and on the ash heap of imminent old age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping Seymour novel 1 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It has become fatal for me to pick up a Gerald Seymour novel. Once I have read the first couple of pages, I can't put the thing down! Work and social life go out the window. This is one I missed and recently picked up second-hand. It's script is tight and research is meticulous. The characters are believable and go through the same range of emotions as you and I. I highly recommend this and all of Seymour's novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb thriller, ranks with the best! 25 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
From the scene setting, right to the conclusion, I was hooked - couldn't put the book down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Waiting Time review 27 Oct 2013
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I think that Mr Seymour has gone over the top with his lack of clarity, his use of pronouns instead of nouns and proper nowns made it hard to follow as the book progressed. Who is he talking about cropped up again and aga
in and I found myself having to backtrack on too many occasions. It also has an indeterminate end making one wonder if it had been worth reading in the first place. Not one of his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars as good as ever 10 Sep 2013
By Bob A
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have read all GS's books and his standards are always high and the books are excellent, as usual a great read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gave it up 25 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
Well I reached page 181 of this book - my first Gerald Seymour and I am not likely to try another one. I found the plot very slow and flitted about too much. I feel a third of the way through the book I should have been able to like at least some of the characters but in general they seemed a bit vague and not that pleasant including the heroine. All seemed hard faced and compassionless. I have not regretted giving it up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost worth the wait 25 July 2010
By Tudor
Format:Paperback
I like spy thrillers. Gerald Seymore writes spy thrillers. "The Waiting Time" ticks the boxes for a holiday read with the comfortable feeling that as reader you will be entertained but not surprised in a disappointing way.

The basic tale is satisfyingly coherent and familiar (betrayed lover seeks vengence against various agents and agencies with aging devoted sidekick).

Perhaps as holiday reading it is a bit too complex. The cynical and scary Perkins as one of the pot-stirring spies was too one-dimensionally confrontational). But the characters are well-drawn. I rather liked the book, even for its conscious or unconscious borrowings from Le Carre. After all, that's what spies and fiction writers do, isn't it?
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