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Vagabond : A Thriller
by Gerald Seymour


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A legendary spy handler is called out of retirement for the most dangerous and high-stakes operation of his career in the newest thriller from the "best spy novelist ever" ("Philadelphia Inquirer")

It was a dirty job in a dirty war. Danny Curnow, known in the army by his call sign, Vagabond, ran agents and informers.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A legendary spy handler is called out of retirement for the most dangerous and high-stakes operation of his career in the newest thriller from the "best spy novelist ever" ("Philadelphia Inquirer")

It was a dirty job in a dirty war. Danny Curnow, known in the army by his call sign, Vagabond, ran agents and informers. He played God with their lives and their deaths, and was the best at his job - and he quit when the stress overwhelmed him. Now he lives in quiet isolation, until the call comes from an old boss: Violence in Northern Ireland is on the rise again. Weapons are needed for a new campaign. Gaby Davies of MI5, sparky and ambitious, runs the double agent Ralph Exton, who will be the supposed middle man in brokering an arms deal with a Russian contact. The covert world of deception and betrayal was close to destroying Danny across the Irish Sea. Fifteen years later, the stakes are higher, the risks greater, and there is an added agenda on the table. If he wants to survive, Danny will have to prove, to himself, that he has not softened, that he is as hard and ruthless as before.

"Vagabond" shows Gerald Seymour writing at the top of his powers and returning to the territory of some of his greatest and most beloved bestsellers including Harry's Game. A perennial bestseller in the UK, Seymour writes with the same kind of cerebral style that has made authors such as Frederick Forsyth and John le Carre bestsellers in the U.S. He routinely receives rave reviews for his work, and "Vagabond" is no exception-"The Financial Times" (UK) hailed its display of "the most intelligent writing in the thriller genre.""

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250075659
  • ISBN-10: 1250075653
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 432
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Espionage
Books > Fiction > War & Military

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

British author Seymour returns, with mixed results, to the conflict between the Irish Republican Army and Great Britain that catalyzed his first novel, Harrys Game (1975). In the present day, tensions in Northern Ireland are on the rise. Two Russian agents, who are working from the Czech Republic, are happy to sell weapons to patient, simmering IRA terrorist Malachy Riordan through middleman Ralph Exton, a small-time smuggler who desperately needs money. Exton is afraid of his Russian clients and of the MI5 agents who have made him a reluctant double agent. Seymour excels at creating characters with deep backstories: Riordan, the not-posh MI5 agent Gaby Davies, an unusually honest copy in Prague named Karol Pilar, and, best of all, the legendary double agent brought out of retirement to handle Exton, Danny Curnow (code name Vagabond). He also does a fine job of capturing the enduring hostility on both sides, but a slow-moving, hard-to-fathom plot makes this a slog. Agent: Jonathan Lloyd, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Jan.)

 
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