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Killing Ground [Mass Market Paperback]

Gerald Seymour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Credible & Chilling July 12 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Cynical Seymour creates an atmosphere of duplicity & intrigue in which there are few heroes. He makes the baddies human and avoids romanticizing the goodies. Always worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, educational and plausible novel. Sept. 22 1998
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Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for a summer vacation. I was reminded of John Le Carre's "The Little Drummer Girl" in terms of its plot. This is a very well researched book and I believe Seymour did a good job in telling us how awful is organized crime and what devastation the drug trade brings to society. At the same time we got a brief look at southwest England and Tavistock, where, incidentally, I was born. We got a better look at Sicily and this travelogue aspect to the book was done better than others, ie: Robert Ludlum; but who cares because after reading this book nobody will want to visit Palermo. The British investigators are protrayed as I suspect they really are: soppy at the lower ranks and machiavellian in the higher offices. I have two complaints. One: as a British writer, Seymour should have had an American assist him in making Alex Moen as a believable American. Americans don't think in terms of "windscreens", "petrol" and " lorries", among other things in the script. Two: Mario Ruggerio's ability to control millions of dollars worth of global investments with merely his mind and no business infrastructure is highly improbable. This was, on the whole, a plausible novel that read well, held the immagination, taught something, sparked the romantic notion and entertained during a summer vacation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better! Dec 9 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book I read of Seymour. To be honest I find his style a bit too repetitive and monotonous. The plot is good but has some gaping holes in it. It is hard to accept that a Mafia family would accept a foreigner in their midst without checking her out thoroughly. On the other habd the atmosphere of Palermo and the whole "Cosa Nostra" issue is very accurately depicted. It is an enjoyable and informative book, I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book Oct. 23 2007
By Strathbogie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Stumbled across Mr. Seymour at a book fair. Bought one, and quickly decided he is one of my favorites. Excellent pace to his writing. This book gets you into it quickly, and thoroughly. Characters have 'heft' and depth without a lot of blather getting there. This book moves, I'll keep it, read it again, and probably again after that. For perspective, I also enjoy Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Nelson Demille, Lee Child, Margared Truman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Credible & Chilling July 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cynical Seymour creates an atmosphere of duplicity & intrigue in which there are few heroes. He makes the baddies human and avoids romanticizing the goodies. Always worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVAL TO "THE GODFATHER" March 9 2006
By KEN SCOTT author - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I even picked this book up, I convinced myself it wouldn't come near to Puzo's classic. I was wrong!

Within the first few pages I was deeply engrossed in this cleverley written gangster thriller about a young English nanny looking after the children of a Sicilian family. It's hard to believe that Seymour is a Brit, so convinced was I that he was the son of an Italian immigrant raised in the Bronx.

571 pages of a well researched masterpiece. Sexual intrigue, violence and bad language, nice twists and as the cover boasts, "THE BEST MAFIA THRILLER SINCE THE GODFATHER"

This was my first book by Seymour, but definitely not the last.
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