The Books - Stephen Leather
Dirty War The 19th Dan 'Spider' Shepherd novel sees Shepherd on the trail of a jihadist who has the prime minister in his sights. Las Vegas Night The tenth Jack Nightingale novel sees the supernatural detective in the original Sin City - Las Vegas. The Chase American super-spy Richard Yokely is on the trail of an Iranian defector who could be the cause of World War 3. Killing Time Serial killers never retire. They just go on hiatus. The urge to kill is always there, and under the right circumstances, even killers who thought they had retired can start to kill again. Standing Alone A Matt ‘Lastman’ Standing thriller, including an appearance from Charlotte Button. Standing is sent into the cannabis badlands of northern California on the trail of a rogue Navy SEAL. New Orleans Night The ninth Jack Nightingale supernatural detective thriller, with our hero up against Voodoo and zombie assassins in the Big Easy. Fast Track The 18th all-action Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd thriller, with Shepherd hunting down a murderous traitor through London, Turkey and Dubai. Russian Roulette An action-packed novella featuring Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd in Belarus during his SAS days, before he signed up as an undercover cop and worked for MI5. Witch Hunt Jack Nightingale and his long-suffering assistant Jenny McLean are on the trail of a serial killer who murders using Witchfinder methods of execution Desperate Measures A standalone novel about people trafficking and the London sex trade during the Covid pandemic. The Whisper Man Jack Nightingale and his long suffering assistant Jenny McLean are on the trail of a mysterious man who can make people commit suicide just by whispering to them. The Hunting A tragic of mistaken identity sees British doctor Raj Patel being hunted by a billionaire big game hunter who is out for revenge. Drop Zone Different decade, different terrorists. But lives are on the line, and Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd and his SAS team are the only ones who can save the day. Slow Burn There are thousands of jihadi brides in refugee camps in the Middle East. Some of them were once British before they were stripped of their citizenship. Were they brainwashed or simply naive when they set out for Syria as teenagers? And, if they were allowed to return, would they pose a threat to our country? Breakout A friend in need is a friend indeed. And no one is a better friend than hitman-for-hire Lex Harper. When a friend from his past ends up in a Bolivian prison, Harper doesn’t think twice about going to his aid. The Runner Sally Page is a junior Secret Service Agent who maintains 'legends': fake identities used by real spies. One day she goes out for a coffee run from the safe house from which she and her fellow footies operate. When she comes back they have all been murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. She is on the run: but she has no idea who from. Plausible Deniability The war on drugs has always been a dirty business. But there are some jobs that are so dirty that even MI5 can’t risk getting involved. Which is when the authorities turn to a man who isn’t afraid to go where others fear to tread – hitman-for-hire Lex Harper. Short Range Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is tasked with protecting a 15-year-old schoolboy who is being used to gather evidence against violent drug dealers and a right-wing terrorist group. But when the boy's life is threatened, Shepherd has no choice but to step in and take the heat. Rogue Warrior An action-packed novella featuring Richard Yokely, who works for the super secret agency that takes care of business that the White House would prefer to keep under wraps. Last Man Standing When SAS trooper Matt Standing is told that the former Navy SEAL who saved his life is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to go to his aid - even if that means flying half way around the world to Los Angeles. Tall Order He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks and then ghost-like, he disappears. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd. The Bag Carrier Two detectives are assigned to a murder case when a dead body is found in the prayer hall of a mosque. Detective Inspector Harold Porter has just been given a new partner, a young Muslim detective by the name of Mohammed Salim Nasri, and they see the case from totally different viewpoints. Moving Targets Moving Targets is an action-packed thriller featuring Spider Shepherd during his SAS days, before he signed up as an undercover cop and worked for MI5. The Shout When firefighter Vicky Lewis enters a burning building to save a man's life and leaves it with catastrophic injuries, she's shunted over to the Fire Investigation Unit, where she's forced to team up with cantankerous veteran Des Farmer, aka the Grouch. Tennessee Night Children are killing themselves across the State of Tennessee. Is it a horrible coincidence, or are dark forces at work When Jack Nightingale learns that there is a mysterious list of children who are at risk, he takes the case, spurred on by the fact that he knows one of the names and that makes it personal. Light Touch Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice. When undercover cop Lisa Wilson stops passing on intelligence about her target, MI5 sends in Dan 'Spider' Shepherd to check that she's on the straight and narrow. Dark Forces A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hitman. Takedown When a British Special Forces soldier goes rogue, carrying out an attack at a US army base in Syria leading to the death of two men, hitman Lex Harper has to assemble a crack team and get to the soldier before he carries out what could be a massive terrorist attack in the UK. Penalties Premier League footballer Gabe Savage is on the way to one of the most important matches of his life when he gets a phone call from his wife. She has been kidnapped along with their young son. And the message from her captors is brutal: ‘If your team wins, your family dies.’ The Sandpit Dan Shepherd and his SAS team are sent into the badlands of Afghanistan to train the rebels who are battling Taliban fanatics. But what starts as a training mission turns into a life or death struggle with Shepherd and his team very much in the firing line. Nightingale 1 In this collection of nine short stories, supernatural detective Nightingale matches wits against demons from Hell, monsters created by humans, and Satanists who have done their own private deals with the devil. Nightingale 2 The second book of nine short stories featuring supernatural detective Jack Nightingale, who fights his battles in the shadows, in the grey areas where demons and monsters seek their prey, where one mistake can cost him his life, or worse. Spider Shepherd: SAS (Volume 1) The second volume of six Spider Shepherd short stories in one volume. The short stories, set back when he was in the SAS, are Personal Protection, The Rope, Planning Pack, Friendly Fire, Dead Drop and Kill Zone. Spider Shepherd: SAS (Volume 2) The second volume of six Spider Shepherd short stories in one volume. The short stories, set back when he was in the SAS, are Personal Protection, The Rope, Planning Pack, Friendly Fire, Dead Drop and Kill Zone. New York Night Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line. First Response London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause. Their mission: to force the government to release jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison. Their deadline: 6 p.m. Today. Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon Long-term Bangkok resident and former New Orleans cop Bob Turtledove has the knack of getting people out of difficult situations. So when a young man from Utah goes missing in Bangkok, his parents are soon knocking on Bob’s door asking for help. Black Ops Spider Shepherd's MI5 controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue, using government resources to get revenge on the men who killed her husband. Spider is told to betray her. Along with everything else, it's down to Spider to stop the assassination of a head of state on British soil. San Francisco Night Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows – in the grey areas where the real world meets the supernatural. But when he arrives in San Francisco to take on a group of Satanists bent on opening a doorway to Hell, the danger is out in the open and all too real. The Apostles – a Satanic coven using murder and torture to pave the way for a demon to enter the real world – realise that Nightingale is on their tail. And unleash their own brand of monsters to take him down. Dreamer's Cat A science fiction murder mystery set in a future world where virtual reality is a way of life. White Lies Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line - for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in the badlands of Pakistan, Shepherd doesn't hesitate to join a rescue mission. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. His SAS training is of little help as his captors beat and torture him. Last Night The fifth Jack Nightingale supernatural thriller from bestselling author Stephen Leather sees the legendary P.I. take on another nail-biting supernatural adventure. True Colours When an assassin starts killing off some of the world’s richest men, an oligarch with friends in high places seeks the protection of MI5. And Spider Shepherd is placed in the firing line. Nightshade In Jack Nightingale's world sometimes the only way to fight evil is with evil. A farmer walks into a school and shoots eight children dead before turning the gun on himself. And when the police search the man's farm they unearth evidence of dark Satanic practices. False Friends The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler. Nightmare What goes around, comes around. Jack Nightingale learned that as a cop and discovered that it was just as true in the world of the supernatural. His life changed forever on the day he failed to stop a young girl throwing herself to her death. Ever since, he's been haunted by thoughts that he could have done more to save her. Now her cries for help are louder than ever. Is she trapped in eternal torment? Can Nightingale put things right? Or are the forces of darkness torturing and deceiving him in order to gain the ultimate prize - his soul? Fair Game Kidnapping is one of the cruellest crimes – lives are put at risk for cold, hard cash. But when Somali pirates seize the crew of a yacht off the coast of Africa, they bite off more than they can chew. One of the hostages has friends in high places and Spider Shepherd is put on the case. He goes deep undercover in an audacious plan to bring an end to the pirate gang’s reign of terror. But as Shepherd closes in on his quarry he realises that there’s much more at stake than the lives of the hostages. Midnight Jack Nightingale has to save a soul – his sister’s. But to save her he has to find her, and they’ve been separated since birth. When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart. If he’s going to save her, he’s going to have to do what he does best – negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price. And first Jack must ask himself the question: is every soul worth saving? Once Bitten There’s a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can’t believe his ears. Rough Justice Villains across London are being beaten, crippled and killed by vigilante cops. Crime rates are falling, but the powers that be want Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd to bring the wave of rough justice to an end. He has to go undercover with an elite group of officers who are at the sharp end of policing, risking their lives daily on the toughest streets in the capital. But Shepherd has hard decisions of his own to make when his family is in the firing line. Nightfall You are going to Hell, Jack Nightingale.’ They are the words that ended Jack Nightingale’s career as a negotiator with the Metropolitan Police. But two years later, when Nightingale is a struggling Private Eye, the words come back to haunt him. Nightingale discovers that he was adopted at birth and that his real father, a confirmed Satanist, sold Nightingale’s soul to a demon from Hell. And on his thirty-third birthday – just weeks away – the demon is coming to claim its prize. Devilzone Before Nightfall was published, the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective story was written as a screenplay. The screenplay was never sold, bit who knows what the future holds. The Bestseller Would you kill to write a bestseller? Well Adrian Slater says that he’s prepared to do just that – and announces the fact in a creative writing class. Live Fire Mickey and Mark Moore are Ordinary Decent Criminals, hard men who live by their own code and leaders of a gang that has made millions at the point of a gun. But when Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is sent to infiltrate the tightly-knit team of bank robbers, he discovers that he has more in common with them than he first thought. And that perhaps being a career criminal isn’t the worst thing in the world. Dead Men Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd has always known that there is no black and white in the war against crime and terrorism. The former SAS trooper turned undercover cop has always operated in the grey areas, putting his life on the line to keep the public safe from harm. But even Shepherd is surprised to discover that his latest mission is to protect the men who once wanted him dead. In August 1996, five masked men brutally murdered an RUC Special Branch officer in front of his young wife and toddler son. Hot Blood Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you’re an undercover cop. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, thrown into a basement and threatened with execution, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend. Private Dancer Thailand. 1996. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. But Pete discovers that his own very private dancer is not all that she claims to be and that far from being the girl of his dreams, She is his own personal nightmare. Take Two Carolyn Castle is one of the most famous faces in the UK - a soap opera star known to millions. But when she witnesses a gangland killing she has to ask herself if her fame could be the death of her. Cold Kill People smuggling, counterfeit currency and attempted murder. It’s all in a day’s work for undercover cop Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd. But what starts as a run-of-the-mill investigation quickly turns into a matter of life and death when he uncovers a terrorist cell on a mission of death and destruction. Soft Target There’s only one thing more dangerous than a corrupt cop, and that’s a corrupt cop with a gun. When an elite armed police unit appears to have gone maverick, Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is sent in to the firing line. And as he starts to investigate fellow cops, he has to decide where his loyalty lies. To his colleagues, his masters, or his family. . . . . Hard Landing Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line as a detective in an elite undercover squad. But when a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd faces his most dangerous assignment yet – going undercover in a top security prison, where one wrong move will mean certain death. . . . The Eyewitness Jack Solomon is a messenger of death. Working in the fractured remains of Yugoslavia, his task is to identify the victims of ethnic cleansing and to tell families that their loved ones are never coming home. Years of working in the killing fields have desensitised the former London policeman to the horrors of war, but when a truck containing twenty-six bodies is pulled from a lake, Solomon is unable to walk away from the case. He sets out to track down the only survivor of the massacre, a young girl on the run from the killers. The Eight Curious Cases of Inspector Zhang From locked-room mysteries to murders disguised as suicide, Inspector Zhang of Singapore is able to draw on his experience as a detective along with tricks he has learned from reading the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Tango One Den Donovan is Tango One, number one on HM Customs and Excise Most Wanted list. Rich, powerful, and never been caught, he's virtually untouchable. Which is why the authorities have to play by a new set of rules if they're going to catch him in the act. The Stretch When career criminal Terry Greene is sentenced to life for a murder he didn't commit, his wife has two choices. To walk away from the criminal empire he'd built up, or to take it over. To become as big a gangster as her husband ever was. The Bombmarker A former IRA bombmaker is forced out of retirement when her seven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. The ransom - to build the biggest bomb Britain has ever faced. The Tunnel Rats Two murders, thousands of miles apart: one in London, one in Bangkok. The bodies brutally mutilated: an ace of spades impaled upon their chests. Nick Wright is the detective trying to solve the mystery of the double killing The Solitary Man Chris Hutchison has to help an IRA terrorist escape from a Bangkok prison. But the DEA find out and use him as a pawn to bring down a top drugs baron based in the Golden Triangle The Double Tap Former SAS officer Mike Cramer is used as bait to trap the world’s most successful assassin. His method of killing - two shots at close range. And he’s never failed. The Basement A serial killer is on the loose torturing and killing young women. Somewhere in New York, a woman is being held captive in a basement and it is up to two detectives to find her and the killer—before it’s too late. The Birthday Girl War orphan Mersiha has a deadly secret in her past. And it comes back to haunt her adoptive family in America. The Long Shot The FBI races against time to stop an audacious assassination involving three long-range snipers. The Vets Four Vietnam War veterans are recruited for a daring robbery in Hong Kong. But all is not as it seems and the men realise they’re being set up for something much more sinister. The Chinaman A Viet Cong killer goes back to his roots to take on the IRA at their own game in the Ulster countryside. His mission - revenge. Hungry Ghost Ex-SAS hired killing machine Geoff Howells is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong to assassinate a Chinese Mafia leader. But it isn’t long before Howells finds himself in the firing line. The Fireman A London journalist goes to Hong Kong to find out why his sister fell to her death. Was it suicide, or murder? Pay Off Why would a successful Scottish businessman endanger his family and friends to plunge deep into a world of drug-dealers, hit-men and call-girls? The answer is simple: revenge. For a cold-blooded murder.