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The Collaborator (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Gerald Seymour
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Revue de presse

'The finest thriller writer in the world today' (Daily Telegraph on THE UNTOUCHABLE)

'Mario Puzo, eat your heart out' (The Times on KILLING GROUND)

'A superb feat of storytelling by a master of his craft' (Sunday Telegraph on THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER)

'A genuinely exciting epic' (Daily Telegraph on THE UNTOUCHABLE)

'A writer who knows exactly what pressure to exert and when . . . you will not stop for a cup of tea or even breathe much' (Guardian on THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER)

Présentation de l'éditeur

One call will change her life, and will start a war.

She is an Italian accountancy student in London, and her boyfriend Eddie teaches at a language school. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother, wanted for multiple murders back home in Naples.

For the Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia.

Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator of the Camorra, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of the clans. When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice - to betray her own family - he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying and unpredictable series of events.

The Borellis will not lose their criminal empire without a vicious fight. They will use anything and anyone to prevent her from giving evidence against them. Even Eddie, and Eddie's life.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 640 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 545 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0340918888
  • Editeur : Hodder (10 juin 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002VBV1JA
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 On en demande encore 13 décembre 2009
Par Guy51
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Les fans de Gerald Seymour ne seront pas déçus.
Une fois de plus l'intrique est bien menée, les personnages comme à l'accoutumée sont forts dans leur ordinaire; pas de héros sans faille; pas de bons sentiments. Juste la vie de gens bouffés par le quotidien, usés, parfois blasés et qui font ce qu'ils peuvent. Et, ce n'est pas toujours joli.
Amateurs de happy end s'abstenir.
Pour ceux qui aiment Seymour, un régal!!!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Collaborator 17 mai 2010
Par Ross Sidor - Publié sur
Seymour is one of my favorite authors, but I was slow to read this book. His last couple books had disapointed, and this one sounded like a re-hash of his earlier book Killing Ground. But The Collaboroator turned out to be Seymour's best book in some years. The style is very much reminiscent of his earlier books from the 1970s and '80s and is more of a tightly plotted thriller than his more recent books like Timebomb or The Walking Dead, which were tedious, slow, strangely structured, and anti-climatic. The plotting and supsense here are tight. The characters, including Italian law enforcement officers, an American hostage negoitator, the Camorra members, and the young women who will give evidence against her criminal family, are the best of Seymour's more recent books and refreshing and much more convincing than the large number of generic MI6 people and Islamic terrorists who have populated the last few books. Only problem is that the book is way too long for such a fairly simple, small scale story with a small cast of characters. Cutitng the narrative down a bit would have made a much tighter, faster story, but The Collaborator is still Seymour's best book in years and hopefully his next book will follow this style. It's rare to find an intelligent, realistic, well-written, entertaining thriller these days, so thankfully Seymour, after a couple duds, is still doing it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great suspense thriller 6 février 2011
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur
In London, Italian Immacolata Borelli attends school for a degree in accounting. When she learns of the death of her best friend Marianna Rossetti from leukemia, Immacolata flies to Naples to attend the funeral. However, Marianna's grieving raging parents treat her with scorn even spitting on her. They blame their daughter's death on the Borelli crime family that belongs to the vicious Camorra network of families; her kin controls Naples whose trucks dumped toxic material in the fields and waters.

Immacolata is traumatized by the experience and believes redemption is in order for her implicit failure to acknowledge the harm her family causes. She returns to London where she calls the Palace of Justice in Naples offering her services as an informant turning in her family. Speciale Investigator Mario Castrolami works the Camorra case; he understands the danger Immacolata will face as the mob will kill anyone who betrays them; collateral damage being acceptable. On the other hand Immacolata failed to consider her English boyfriend Eddie Deacon a teacher; as ruthless "Il Pistole" enforces the mob rules, which means killing any informer even the daughter of a cherished leader.

This is a great suspense thriller as the reader anticipates with each spin an OK Corral confrontation on the streets of Naples and perhaps London. Fast-paced with a strong cast on all sides of the law, Immacolata makes the tale as the title character who expects to die but believes she is finally doing the morally correct thing.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eddie keeps a stiff upper lip 21 août 2012
Par Joseph Haschka - Publié sur
"We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the kerb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers, as quoted in THE COLLABORATOR

Immacolata, from Naples, studies accountancy in London. She's called home to attend the funeral of her best friend, Marianna, dead of leukemia - leukemia caused by the tons of toxic waste illegally dumped onto the countryside by the trucks of the brutal Borelli criminal family. Devastated, Immacolata vows to bring the Borelli clan down. And she can do it, too, because she's Immacolata Borelli, daughter of the current capo, Pasquale, and his wife Gabriella, and granddaughter of the founding patriarch, Carmine, and his wife Anna, and sister to Vincenzo, Giovanni, and Silvio. Immacolata knows where the bodies are buried, so to speak, and she's willing to tell all and betray all to the government prosecutor in the Naples Palace of Justice.

THE COLLABORATOR teaches the reader more than he thought he'd ever know about the day-to-day workings of the Camorra, one of the oldest and largest Italian criminal organizations and centered in Naples.

A feature of all of Gerald Seymour's books is that he doesn't employ super-heroes in the popular sense of the term. His protagonists and antagonists are all ordinary individuals who, because of beliefs, talents, job descriptions, or serendipitous circumstances, find themselves on the jagged edge of a gritty confrontation in one of the world's grotty environments. THE COLLABORATOR is consistent with that theme as well as another feature of the author's many works - Pyrrhic victory.

Here, one of the main characters, Eddie Deacon, is an excruciatingly ordinary bloke - a London language teacher, who might be described, even by close friends and his parents, as immensely likable but not very ambitious or dynamic. Indeed, he's almost a tosser. But that's about to change between the very big rock and the very hard place that are the machinery of the Italian justice system and a suddenly desperate Borelli crime syndicate. Eddie is about to discover reserves of strength he never knew he possessed.

Eddie is about to discover inner heroism.

It's hard for me not to gush about Seymour's novels. The wide range of topical story lines and deftly and knowledgeably drawn characters are simply extraordinary. And, regarding the latter, I'm always left with the awestruck question: How does he come to know this enormous variety of individuals so well?

I savored every page of THE COLLABORATOR and, as with every other single one of the author's thrillers, felt bereft when I arrived at its end. I can't wholeheartedly say this about any other past or present writer of fiction whose works I've read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unconditionally recommended 4 juillet 2010
Par Big Bertha - Publié sur
It's a long time since I've read a Gerald Seymour novel and I picked this one up on a whim when browsing in my local store. What a terrific decision that was, whilst this is a hefty read at over 500 pages I flew through it.

Eddie Deacon, a language teacher and an ordinary sort of guy has met and fallen in love with a girl. Can't believe his luck that a girl like Immacolata Borelli would even look twice at him. She's beautiful, Italian and she cooks a mean pasta. Then suddenly she's gone, back to her native Naples. But Eddie isn't going to give up that easily and he sets off to find her.

What Eddie doesn't know about Immacolata is that the Borelli's are a powerful Camorra clan who rule their territory with violence and terror. Immacolata has committed the ultimate sin and turned informant against her family and is in hiding under the protection of the Palace of Justice. Eddie has no protection at all.

The tension builds well and the clan controlled areas of Naples are well depicted bringing the atmosphere and menace of the streets to life. I found myself totally absorbed and horrified as Eddie roamed the streets of Naples asking questions of the locals completely oblivious of what he was walking into. The characters are realistic and well drawn, the pace good and the ending worth every page it took to get there.

A great read, unconditionally recommended
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 not his best by far 9 juin 2013
Par H Wright - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
A short summary of the book: naive mobster's friend dies because of her families criminal activities and she's pissed. Naive boyfriend can't believe she has left him. Naive cops make many mistakes. I have read most of Seymour's books and have loved them all - this isn't up to his earlier work by a long shot.
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