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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444760335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444760330
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,708 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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Stunning... Seymour is on top form (Mail on Sunday)

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The ultimate post-cold war thriller from the bestselling author of Killing Ground. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2002
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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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By Tudor on 25 July 2010
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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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By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
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This is a very good thriller with some great ingredients.
The writing is reasonable without being sensational but I was annoyed by the author's habit of starting many sections with "he" or "she" or "they" and then not identifying the subject(s) for several paragraphs. I also felt some characters were irrelevant - or I somehow missed their contributions to the plot (!).
Overall, however, Seymour very effectively blends a Cold War incident with life after the fall of the Wall and, in the end, delivers quality suspense and a few neat twists.
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By dixie dean on 25 Jun. 2012
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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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By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 1999
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From the scene setting, right to the conclusion, I was hooked - couldn't put the book down.
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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2000
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I am, however, glad that I persevered until the end, as there is a quite unexpected twist to it in the last few pages. Overall though, I was not taken with this story - I have certainly read better works of Seymour. This tale did not grip me - I did not really care what happened to any of the protagonists (of any side).
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