I just spotted a listing for the third Jonas Merrick novel on Amazon:
Liverpool: a suburban crime family grips a whole city with fear.
And their ambition reaches further still.
Galicia: an entire community waits on the windswept edge of Europe for the delivery of four tonnes of cocaine, brought across the ocean in an almost unbelievable craft.
London: Jonas Merrick, grey and quiet, alone in a small office, seems an unlikely character to be tasked with bringing down an international drug network.
But while Jonas’s colleagues regard him as scratchy, fastidious, old, he is also ruthless, cunning and brutally pragmatic. And he has a man on the inside: a would-be money-launderer on that wild Spanish coast. A man who has been undercover for so long, he has almost forgotten who he really is.
And he is due to come home. Has to. For he will be given no mercy if he is caught.
But Jonas needs him to stay.
The superb Jonas Merrick is fast becoming one of the great figures of British spy fiction. In At The Kill may be his most compelling story yet.
In At The Kill is published in hardback on 19 January 2023.
I have added a page for The Foot Soldiers with my review of he book. Personally I think its one of Gerald Seymour’s best books in years. It deals with Russia and Putin’s regime so feels especially topical now with the invasion of Ukraine. Highly recommended.
Susanna got in touch to let me know about an upcoming public appearance by Gerald Seymour in Cardiff.
An invitation to enjoy an evening in the company of Gerald Seymour as he talks about his life and work. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a personally signed copy of his latest book the Foot Soldiers and/or paperbacks of his other titles.
An evening with Gerald Seymour
Date: Wednesday, 6th April 2022
Time: 7.00pm doors open for refreshments.
7.30pm Gerald talks about his work.
8.40pm Gerald selling and signing books
Venue: Park End Church. Cardiff. CF23 6EG
To book a free place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been fortunate to have already read an advance copy of The Foot Soldiers and it is one of Gerald Seymour’s best books in years. Set partly in Russia its a bit topical right now. In particular one senior GRU officer is working on an escape plan for the inevitable day when Putin’s regime crumbles.
I have found a blurb for a new novel called the Foot Soldiers, due for publication on 31 March 2022.
Defectors are not always welcome. Is the information they bring worth the cost of protecting them for the rest of their lives? Is it even genuine? Might they be double agents?
These are some of the questions facing MI6 when a Russian agent hands himself in to them in Denmark.
As a team begins to assess his value, his former employers in the Kremlin develop a brutal plan to show that no defector will ever be safe.
And they know where to find him. Which means there must be a mole in MI6.
So it is that the cavaliers of Six find themselves being interrogated by nondescript Jonas Merrick of Five – the man called back from retirement and his beloved caravan, the man the young guns call the Eternal Flame because ‘he never goes out.’
But while he may be grey, Jonas is also ruthless. As he quietly works through the suspects in London, and violent mayhem breaks out in Denmark, Jonas plans not just to unmask a traitor, but to hit back at the Russians with deadly force.
First encountered in The Crocodile Hunter, Jonas Merrick is set to become one of the great figures of modern spy fiction.