This is the best Gerald Seymour I've read and on the merits of this book alone warrants placing the author amongst the very best "literary" thriller writers including John le Carre and Phillip Kerr.
The book is set in Belfast at the height of the 1970's mainland campaign - a former Northern Ireland Minister is shot dead in London by an IRA assassin who manages to evade capture and returns to Belfast. For political reasons the Prime Minister needs a quick capture and insists that an agent is found who can go undercover deep into the Catholic community to try to flush out the assassin. Harry Brown is the Army intelligence officer who - because of an undercover job he had done in Aden - is chosen. He's sent in under-rehearsed and with inadequate back-up. It's all too clear from the start it's not going to be a smooth operation, but what actually does happen not only leaves the reader of the edge of their seat but is also horribly credible.
Seymour really doesn't put a foot wrong with this book. The atmosphere of the streets, the dialogue, the way the police, army and politicians interact, the characterisation, and plot - all are totally spot on. There's no political polemic and if he's on the side of anyone, it's the people like Harry who take the risks to sustain the careers of their political masters. If anyone wants to measure just how accurately Seymour has captured the spirit of the times, I strongly recommend reading A F N Clarke's "Contact", the superbly told true story of a young Army officer's two tours of duty in Belfast at the time Harry's Game takes place.
Harry's Game Audio Cassette – Unabridged, 1 May 1988
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- ISBN-10 : 0745162665
- ISBN-13 : 978-0745162669
- Product Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged Edition (1 May 1988)
- Language: : English
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Outstanding, both as a thriller and literary novelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2011
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Gerald Seymour at his best.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 February 2013
I love this book I read it when it first came out and watched the tv series. I bought it again and re read it. every bit as good as the first time. Gerald Seymour has a great talent for weaving a good believable story and Harry's Game is no different. Based in Ireland Harry is a British government spy in the midst of the Irish Troubles looking for the assasin who killed a government official in London.
GREATReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 April 2013
OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SEEN ORIGINAL AND ALSO LIVED THROUGH AND WENT TO SCHOOL.SAT MY GCSE,S EXAMS AND WHILE WALKING TO SCHOOL WE WERE STOPPED BY PARAMILITARIES TELLING US WE COULD NOT PASS THEIR ROADBLOCK WE DID PASS AND WE ALSO PASSED OUR GCSES
Northern Ireland as it really wasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2011
I'm always cautious about novels on Northern Ireland but this is excellent. Gerald Seymour has caught the style and speech of Belfast. This is a tragic story but what could you expect from that unhappy city? Wonderful writing and a really great book