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The Outsiders
Gerald Seymour | Hodder | Rs 350

Reporter-turned thriller writer, Seymour does not keep political autobiographies at home. “They seem to me to be self-justifying, weak on facts and often an ego trip trying to recall the days when the black car was at the front gate,” he says. What does he read? He says no one can beat Charles Dickens’ opening lines in A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” In this book a M15 agent chases a Russian gangster across continents while trying to crack a multi-billion dollar world of international organised crime. There is action, suspense and two innocent lovers caught in the middle of a bust. A Seymour, vintage.

(The above review appeared in the Saturday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, 8 September 2012)

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