Dead Ground

A Novel

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About The Book

Celebrated for his "palm-sweating tension" (The New York Times) and "rare insight" (The Plain Dealer), Gerald Seymour defines spy fiction at its best. Now, in this chilling revenge mission and haunting love story, he floodlights the East German Stasi as a young female British army corporal seeks retribution for Cold War atrocities.
One frozen night, Tracy Barnes witnesses the killing of her lover by the East German secret police. Years later, when the Wall has crumbled and old enemies have become new friends, Tracy encounters the murderer and plans to make him pay. But in a country still at war with itself, Tracy finds that she is being played as a pawn in a far bigger game reaching all the way to Moscow.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 13, 1999)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684872186

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Raves and Reviews

The Philadelphia Enquirer Seymour may be the best spy novelist ever.

The Denver Post A tale of espionage as chilling, intricate, and well-crafted as any created during the height of East-West tension. In fact, it's better than most...A top-flight story.

Chicago Tribune The Cold War may never end, at least not as long as writers like Gerald Seymour are around to come up with nifty tales of revenge like this.

The Kansas City Star Seymour writes some of the best spy thrillers on the market today...Dead Ground is in the old tradition -- East vs. West, sneaky double crosses, and a heavy dose of tradecraft.

The Times (London) [Seymour's] latest two books put him at the forefront of the thriller genre, but characterization, psychology, and sheer force of descriptive narration put him in a class of his own.

The Midwest Book Review One of the best espionage thrillers of the year...Seymour is clearly at the top of his game as fans of thrillers and espionage novels will relish this fabulous novel.

Booklist Gerald Seymour is the smartest writer of international thrillers in the business...With Dead Ground, Seymour has found an innovative way to resurface the resentments and atrocities of the cold war.

Kirkus Reviews Another superior, character-driven spy story from an old pro...Seymour's punchy plotting and vile people work to create a gripping tale of nasty post-Cold War complicity.

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