Gerald. A Line in the Sand. Simon & Schuster. August
2000. c400p. ISBN 0-684-85477-5. $25.00. Fiction.
Perry’s new life spins out of control when he becomes the target
of a terrorist threat. Several years earlier, as a salesman of engineering machinery
to the Iranians, he had spied for the British, reporting on installations for
chemical and biological weapons and ultimately betraying his friends, who were
burned to death in a raid. Now, an assassin known as Anvil has trapped Frank
in his home on the coast of Suffolk with his new wife and stepson, the people
in the small village have turned against him, and the security service is using
him as bait in an attempt to catch Iran with a smoking gun. In this character-driven
thriller, Seymour, the author of 17 bestselling novels, weaves multiple points
of view with professional skill—the host of characters are all unusually
well drawn, distinct, and believable—and depicts the disintegration of
Frank’s life with a master’s touch. Highly recommended.