The Heart of DangerBook - 1995
In a wrecked Croat village, a mass grave is uncovered and the mutilated body of a young Englishwoman, Dorrie Mowat, is exhumed.
Her mother, who loathed Dorrie in life, becomes obsessed by the need to find out about her death. But with civil war tearing apart the former Yugoslavia, none of the authorities there or in Britain are interested in a 'minor' war crime.
So she turns to Bill Penn, private investigator, M15 reject. For him this looks like a quick trip to safe Zagreb, the writing of a useless report and a good fee at the end of it. But once there he finds himself drawn inexorably towards the killing ground behind the lines, to find the truth of the young woman's death and perhaps, the truth of himself.
Penn's search for evidence that could, one day, convict a war criminal in a court of law becomes an epic journey into a merciless war where the odds are stacked high against him.
"It's impossible to find fault with this book, which builds relentlessly to its climax. It has an intense feeling of authenticity and it's well written"NICHOLAS FLEMING, 'Spectator'
"If you think modern popular fiction should address serious issues as well as entertain, then 'The Heart of Danger' is unmissable"PETER MILLAR, 'The Times'
"Vivid stuff. I write a fortnight after finishing the book and some of the scenes of pursuit and mindless cruelty still return to me"DOUGLAS HURD, 'Daily Telegraph'
"The prose is as spare and brutal as the action. What gives Seymour's novels anther dimension is the sense of moral outrage"DAILY EXPRESS