Albert William Packer is the supreme baron of London crime. He rules his manor with a cruel, ruthless fist. To those around him, on whatever side of the law, he is the Untouchable.When another criminal case against him collapses, Packer turns his attention to expanding his heroin empire abroad. Where better to cut out the middle man than at the historic smuggling crossroadAlbert William Packer is the supreme baron of London crime. He rules his manor with a cruel, ruthless fist. To those around him, on whatever side of the law, he is the Untouchable.When another criminal case against him collapses, Packer turns his attention to expanding his heroin empire abroad. Where better to cut out the middle man than at the historic smuggling crossroads of Europe, the Balkans? New men and women are drafted into Customs & Excise unit dedicated to convicting Packer. Only one from the old team survives: the most junior, Joey Cann, retained solely for his obsessional knowledge of the man who calls himself 'Mister'. When Packer leaves for Sarajevo, it is inevitable that Cann be sent after him for 'intrusive surveillance'. The brief: to bring back the evidence that will finally nail Packer to the wall, whatever it takes. In London, it would have been no contest. But here on the war-torn streets of a city where justice is enforced by gangster warlords, Packer is far from home and from what he knows. Here, who will be the Untouchable, who will walk away?...
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It took me a little while to get into this book - in fact, I started it twice, but I'm glad I gave it a second chance. The story centres around a London crime kingpin, apparently immune to prosecution due to his overreaching influence on anybody who has the power to bring him down. This criminal mastermind goes to a modern-day Bosnia, still full of mines from the wars of the 1990s, to broker a deal with the local drug cartel, among other things. What he doesn't count on is the fact that he can't wield the power he would have at home, so he's got far less control over what happens. Things come to a head when his attempts at thwarting British surveillance fail... Seymour plots carefully and builds his tension skilfully, creating a exciting, satisfying read. The fact that he used be a journalist in some of the world's most dangerous places adds an extra dimension of realism to his tales, because he really knows what he's talking about in terms of military hardware, politics, and local cultural flavour. I'd never heard of him until I read an interview with him in a professional writing journal, which is rather odd, because he's quite the accomplished thriller writer, and has been published since the 1970s, with several books made into television adaptations. I suppose he's just never had the publicity of Clancy, Ludlum, and others of their ilk. A great author has found another fan!
Mister is the biggest bad guy in London. He runs a dangerous gang of drug pushers and gun runners, but he is untouchable. After he beats all the charges brought against him the Customs Office team that brought those charges is disbanded and a new team is brought in. The only hold over is Joey Cann. Joey's obsession is seeing Mister brought down. When Mister takes his expansion plans to Kosovo Joey acepts the assignment to follow him. Mister will learn he is only untouchable at home.The story was good and I enjoyed listening to it. It did have some slow places and the narrator didn't do that great of a job. I listened to it at 1 1/2 speed for a while because his overly dramatic pauses were killing me. I also think he missed a lot of the emotion of the characters. He is the reason I give this 2 stars instead of 3.
A tense thriller that held me to the end where all the threads came together. I skip read the nasty bits but they were necessary to the plot. Very cleverly put together and with believable characters.
This book was so bad I couldn't finish it. It is a tedious story about miserable boring villains and miserable boring policemen set in London and Bosnia. The hero was so dull I put down my pompoms and went home.
I don't read that much fiction but I did enjoy this book. Seymour always gives his characters unrealistic names though!
I really liked this book. I find all of this author's books really hold my attention.
The collapse of the case against a ruthless criminal and the dedication of a minor paper pusher to see him get justice even if it destroyed everything he loved. A well constructed yarn.
Thriller set in Bosnia. Rather boring.
I gave this book two tries but I still couldn't get myself to keep reading it. The way it's written is too tedious.