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Title:
The outsiders
Author:
Seymour, Gerald, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
390 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"MI5 officer Winnie Monks has never forgotten--or forgiven--the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army major turned gangster. Now, ten years later, she learns that the Major is travelling to a villa on the popular Spanish holiday destination Costa del Sol, and she asks permission to send in a surveillance unit. They find an empty property near the Major's: the Villa Paraiso. It's perfect to spy from--and as a base for Winnie's darker, less official, plans. But it turns out the villa isn't deserted"--
General Note:
"A thriller"--Jacket.

Originally published: Great Britain : Hodder & Stoughton, 2012.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250058850
Format :
Book

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A couple finds their perfect beach vacation shattered when MI5 use their villa to spy on the crime boss next door in the newest thriller from the "best spy novelist ever" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

MI5 officer Winnie Monks has never forgotten - or forgiven - the brutal murder of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army officer turned fixer and criminal known as the Major. Now, ten years later, she learns that the Major is travelling to a villa at the popular Spanish holiday destination Costa del Sol, and she asks permission to send in a surveillance unit.

The spooks locate an empty property near the Major's: the Villa Paraiso. It's perfect to spy from - and as a base for Winnie's darker, less official, plans.

But it turns out the villa isn't deserted. The owners have invited a young British couple to house sit while they are away. Jonno and Posie, a new couple, think they are embarking on a romantic, carefree break in the sun. But when the MI5 team arrives in paradise, everything changes--their holiday is about to become a terrifying journey into the violent global business of organized crime in The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour--a sophisticated thriller from a renowned master.


Author Notes

Gerald Seymour was born on November 25, 1941 in Guilford, Surrey, England. He received a BA Honors degree in Modern History from University College London. He was a broadcast journalist who covered many overseas conflicts including the Vietnam War, the Munich Olympics massacre, and Palestinian militant groups.

His first book, Harry's Game, was published in 1975 and soon afterwards, he retired from journalism to become a full-time author. Many of his other books were adapted into television movies and Field of Blood was adapted as the feature film, The Informant, starring Timothy Dalton.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* A young agent from MI5's Organized Crime Group investigating arms trafficking is found kicked to death outside Budapest. Winnie Monks, the head of OCG, burns with the desire to identify his killers and deal with them. But five years pass and her group is reassigned as counterterrorism becomes Five's preoccupation. Then a clue surfaces, and Winnie reassembles OCG to surveil a Russian known as the Major. He is headed for Marbella, on Spain's Costa del Sol. But a feckless young Brit and his girlfriend, house sitting in Marbella, put a kink in Winnie's plans. Seymour again deploys a sizable cast of very well developed characters and a complex but utterly believable plot to produce another terrific read. Winnie is luminous, a force of nature. The Major is as cold an evildoer as fiction will see this year. Another 10 characters are similarly compelling, even the nameless Latvian policeman working in The Hague who serves as Seymour's Greek chorus, explaining the architecture of contemporary Euro crime to EU politicians. Already classed with Eric Ambler and John le Carré as an espionage master, Seymour burnishes his reputation with each new book.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

MI5's Winnie Monks, the protagonist of this joyless, repetitive thriller from Seymour (The Dealer and the Dead), reassembles her scattered Graveyard Team of organized crime investigators to avenge the murder of young agent Damian Fenby five years earlier in Budapest. An unexpected break finally identifies the killer as veteran Russian crime boss Petar Alexander Borsonov, and when Monks learns he is going to visit the home of fellow Russian Pavel Ivanov on Spain's Costa del Sol, she sets in motion a plan to take Borsonov down. Complications abound: Monk's advance team finds house-sitting young Brits in the supposedly empty house next door that other team members intended to use, an aging British con man gets involved with Ivanov, and Monk's chosen sniper suffers from debilitating PTSD. Seymour takes his time developing the major players with small, seemingly inconsequential incidents morphing into major developments. In the end, fickle fate holds the winning cards. Agent: Jonathan Lloyd, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

International best-selling suspense novelist Seymour's 29th novel (after The Dealer and the Dead) finds MI5 officer Winnie Monks grappling with the gruesome death of one of her agents, Damian Fenby. Years later, her intrepid Graveyard Team having broken up in the face of more pressing counterterrorism priorities, she receives new information regarding Fenby's killer. Nefarious activities surrounding the corrupt Russian army major responsible for the murder lead the hastily reassembled team to the coast of Spain, following the major's associates to a meeting with an allegedly retired gangster. In a formerly glitzy vacation town that is now a haven for international organized crime, the team embarks on an unauthorized covert mission to avenge Fenby's death. When surveillance members find a young British couple house-sitting in the supposedly vacant villa the team had planned to occupy, their plans are suddenly skewed. Verdict Incredibly complex and taut, this twisty tale of espionage is for crime thriller fans who have patience for the payoff. With many plot threads and characters to keep track of, it has a slow burn but certainly catches fire.-Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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