Rat Run by Gerald Seymour

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All traces of self-esteem have been brutally stripped from Malachy Kitchen, an Intelligence officer posted to Iraq. He is accused of cowardice while on patrol with an infantry platoon ambushed by insurgents. Word spreads that he ran under hostile fire. In the military family there is no worse crime. Humiliated and broken, kicked out of the army, Malachy sinks into despair. He becomes an isolated recluse in a drug-infested London estate. But the mugging of an elderly widow by addicts lights a flame that draws him to fight to regain his lost pride. His target is the network of narcotics traders. Pushers, dealers, suppliers are that network, and at their head is Ricky Capel, a crime baron importing heroin into the UK. Untouchable up to now, Capel will have to confront an enemy more driven than any of the policemen he has so far successfully outwitted. Capel is fighting a war on only one front, but when his Albanian associates demand that he uses his drug route to ferry an Islamic fanatic to Britain, suddenly he is vulnerable from other directions. From the author who "isn't just abreast of the headlines, [but] ahead of them" (The Washington Post Book World), and who is truly "one of the unsung heroes of the political thriller" (Chicago Tribune), this is a novel at once international and personal--and altogether riveting.
 

About Gerald Seymour

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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.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Overlook TP. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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The old lady next door, a woman who has shown him a little kindness, is mugged and hospitalized, and her nephew, a tough cop, uses emotional blackmail to force Kitchen to do what the police cannot do, i.e., neutralize the thugs who victimized his aunt.

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Anglophiles with a taste for the dark side will enjoy the latest thriller from British author Seymour (The Unknown Soldier ), despite an overly complicated plot involving drug trafficking and Mideast terrorism.

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I like thrillers, really I do, but efforts like Gerald Seymour's RAT RUN make me wonder why I bother.

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