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A Deniable Death by Gerald Seymour
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Dec 10, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 15 to December 09, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

A highly skilled Iranian IED bomber makes one crucial mistake and is identified by UK/US intelligence, who also determine that he needs to travel to Europe with his terminally ill wife, for a last ditch operation that may save her. In the waning days of Allied involvement in Iraq two "croppies" or police surveillance men, are dropped into Iran to wait and listen for any indication of where the operation will take place. Once that happens an Israeli hit man will finish the job. All will be deniable.

The familiar Seymour style is on full view here to great effect. Multiple threads involving many characters come to a cliff hanger conclusion with a twist in the tale. The characters, almost without exception (and I stress almost) do nasty things for a living, but Seymour lets us see the humanity below the hard skin of many of them and this is what makes it satisfying.

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