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Journeyman Tailor [Paperback]

Gerald Seymour
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March 14 2000
A modern classic from one of the great thriller writers of our era.

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In the villages and on the mountains of County Tyrone, in the heartland of the Provisional IRA's most active Brigade, the golden rule is 'Hear nothing, see nothing, know nothing'. To collaborate is to invite an inescapable death sentence.

But rules are made to be broken and there is word on the street that inside the Brigade is a tout, an informer, someone who has taken the Crown's gold. When he is uncovered, he will be interrogated, tortured, then hooded and shot.

Gary Brennard, an inexperienced M15 field agent, and Parker, who runs the informer, have to protect their man, codenamed 'Song Bird', at all costs. He is their only access to a fiercely tightknit organisation, the critical asset to hold onto until the stakes are high enough...and if the innocent step into the crossfire, that's just unfortunate.

About the Author

Jeremy Greenberg is the daily blogger for MSN.com's very popular The Family Room and an internationally headlining stand-up comedian. When he's not writing, performing, or serving as a guest on numerous TV and radio programs, Jeremy's at home in San Diego with his wife and twin toddler sons.  Online: www.jeremygreenberg.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a slip of a girl Oct. 24 2003
Format:Paperback
Gerald Seymour's novels have transported us to so many places festering with suppurating animosities: the Balkans, Afghanistan, Kurdish Iraq, Italy, the old U.S.S.R., Lebanon, South Africa. In THE JOURNEYMAN TAILOR, we're off to one of the most intractable of Gordian knots, Northern Ireland.
Jon Jo Donnelly, a legend in his own time, is an IRA assassin on undercover assignment in the heart of England with his sniper rifle and cache of explosives. Back in Donnelly's Ulster home town, Song Bird is a British Security Service (MI5) informant embedded in the IRA infrastructure. Gary "Bren" Brennard, a newbie to MI5, is rushed over in short order to Northern Ireland to help run Song Bird after his predecessor's cover is blown.
Jon Jo is killing at will in Britain's hinterland. The PM wants his head on a platter yesterday. MI5's plan is to lure Donnelly back to his farm and family, at which time he can be isolated by Song Bird for elimination by Her Majesty's forces.
The focus of this thriller isn't Jon Jo, Song Bird or Bren. Rather, it's young Cathy Parker, ruefully characterized as "a slip of a thing" by the Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whose ears have been burned by Parker's no-compromise lecture on Song Bird's importance. Cathy is Bren's boss on the ground and the informer's recruiter and chief handler.
In Seymour's other novels that I've read, the primary protagonist's motives are revealed. In Parker's case, we learn little of her background other than she's the renegade daughter of affluent English parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a slip of a girl Oct. 24 2003
By Joseph Haschka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Gerald Seymour's novels have transported us to so many places festering with suppurating animosities: the Balkans, Afghanistan, Kurdish Iraq, Italy, the old U.S.S.R., Lebanon, South Africa. In THE JOURNEYMAN TAILOR, we're off to one of the most intractable of Gordian knots, Northern Ireland.
Jon Jo Donnelly, a legend in his own time, is an IRA assassin on undercover assignment in the heart of England with his sniper rifle and cache of explosives. Back in Donnelly's Ulster home town, Song Bird is a British Security Service (MI5) informant embedded in the IRA infrastructure. Gary "Bren" Brennard, a newbie to MI5, is rushed over in short order to Northern Ireland to help run Song Bird after his predecessor's cover is blown.
Jon Jo is killing at will in Britain's hinterland. The PM wants his head on a platter yesterday. MI5's plan is to lure Donnelly back to his farm and family, at which time he can be isolated by Song Bird for elimination by Her Majesty's forces.
The focus of this thriller isn't Jon Jo, Song Bird or Bren. Rather, it's young Cathy Parker, ruefully characterized as "a slip of a thing" by the Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whose ears have been burned by Parker's no-compromise lecture on Song Bird's importance. Cathy is Bren's boss on the ground and the informer's recruiter and chief handler.
In Seymour's other novels that I've read, the primary protagonist's motives are revealed. In Parker's case, we learn little of her background other than she's the renegade daughter of affluent English parents. In the now, she's red-haired, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighs 8 stone 3 pounds, obsessively driven by her job, idolized by her male peers, backed to the max by her superiors, and affectionately regarded by MI5's otherwise bitter rivals in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Special Air Services. An alpha female that draws males like moths to light. Will Bren's wings get singed?
Since Seymour doesn't repeat a main character in other novels, it's unlikely we're to meet Cathy again. A pity, since, to me at least, she's proved to be one of the author's most engaging creations. Parker aside, however, this riveting book continue's the author's tradition of giving the reader a (presumably) realistic insight into the minds and hearts of the ordinary people who fight the gritty conflicts in the grotty corners of the civilized world where there are no winners and losers - only survivors. This is good stuff - the best of the genre on pulp fiction shelves.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Dares Wins as it really is. April 13 2000
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
If you're into the real macoy of what it feels like to live undercover, where everything and anything you say and do may give you away, this is the book for you. Always sharply focussed and with enough suspense to stop you putting the book down before you've turned the last page. The only down side is the lack of a sequal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! March 28 2000
By Chester Beeput - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Captured the essence of the Catholic/Protestant conflict. The reader empathises with the Irish people but can still appreciate and applaud the actions taken by the British security forces. The use of a strong central female character in the initiation of an inexperienced male operative in this arena is at the heart of this book. Their interactions, and his own internal battle in justifying the cold, calculated acts committed in the name of God and country serve to introduce two unforgettable characters. The icing on the cake is the blending of history with the present in the introduction of, and frequent allusions to, a historical character who seems to come alive in another central character who is the protagonist of the "dynamic duo".
5.0 out of 5 stars Seymour is always 5 star Sept. 15 2013
By Leah Tchack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You are in for a super treat with any of Gerald Seymour's books. He is the best. See my review of The Unknown Soldier for more detail.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 16 2013
By Karen Steinhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good book with some fictional facts about the Troubles. A little slow in spots but overall decent reading. Read this before Harry's Game - think I got it backwards.
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