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Stephen Leather
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10 Aug 2006

The third book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.

Even deadlier than terrorists . . . are the men trying to stop them.

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. The target: hundreds of passengers on a cross-channel train deep below the English Channel.

With the clock ticking and the explosives primed, Shepherd and his colleagues have to decide just how far they are prepared to go to save innocent lives. And they realise that to avoid catastrophe, they have to be even more merciless than the terrorists.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (10 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340834129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340834121
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at

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Do you like your thrillers to increase your pulse rate.... but only slightly? And do you like your thrillers to leave you with a feeling that (in the end) everything is right with the world? Then avoid Stephen Leather--and such books of his as Cold Kill. Leather is not a writer who is particularly interested in soothing the reader--but for those of us who like to tackle thrillers that seem to be genuinely engaged with the modern world, he is essential reading.

Reflecting the fact that crime is now a global industry, with major criminals hopping easily from continent to continent, this latest outing for Leather’s resourceful undercover operative Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd catapults him into a new role. Asylum seekers have been bringing fake euros into the UK in a scam organised by the Albanian Mafia, while Bangladeshi moneychangers handle the London logistics. At the same time, terrorist organisations are busily recruiting men and women who are able to move easily between Western countries without drawing any attention to themselves. And these new recruits are, of course, being handed lethal assignments that it's up to people like Dan to stop. Going undercover, he makes contact with a major Albanian criminal in France, and discovers that (for the right money) British passports are easily obtainable. Soon, Dan is on the trail of a suspected terrorist, and many lives will be at stake unless he can bring a major international conspiracy to a halt.

Stephen Leather has long had the measure of fast moving thrillers such as this, and everything (including the pulse-pounding climax aboard a Eurostar train) is orchestrated with maximum finesse.
--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'There's a new breed of British crime writer giving the genre a much-needed shake-up - and Stephen Leather is at the forefront . . . the sheer impetus of his storytelling is damned hard to resist.'

--Daily Express

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker! 22 Nov 2007
By Clive
The 3rd Spider Shepherd story from Leather and this continues his excellent thriller series. Here we have a Saudi operative leading local cells into terrorist activities whilst at the same time two small time London Asian brothers deal in counterfiet money smuggling, laundering and dealing in fake passports. Spider is undercover as a boat-man to bust this operation until the two plots converge on the EuroStar train. Great action, a good read, and also some morale dilemma's to consider.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold kill, hot reading 18 Feb 2009
Following a list of other reviewers means one has to find something a little different to say in one's own review. However, I do tend to take the similar view that Stephen Leather's books do get better and better.

He is able to move the action from location to location seamlessly and 'Spider' Shepherd is certainly an all-action hero in this series. The more so in this book is the in-fighting internally in the security forces within the UK and I shall be interested to see where we (he) goes with a new boss. On the basis of this book, not very far.

The action is relentless - or it would be if it weren't for the lengthy discussions with his young son about world affairs and right and wrong. This is all very worthy but it certainly slows down the pace. Nonetheless, his storyline is spot on the mark, his review of religious fanatics and their maniacal devotion to hardline actions would not be cheered on by the Human Rights people but, as long as we have Spider on our side, then there is a chance for the majority to go about their daily lives in safety.

I look forward to his next and fourth outing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Oct 2007
From the chilly waters of the North Sea to a speeding Eurostar train heading for the Channel Tunnel with a bomb on board, this book grabs the reader and won't let go. The characters are believable, the action scenes excellently written, and the whole thing hangs together really well.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 29 May 2007
I loved this book. It's the first Stephen Leather book I've read and will definately read others. My husband, who is not a book reader, also read this and couldn't out it down!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider Sheppard 5 Nov 2012
By AlanB
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Another great thriller from Stephen Leather. Could not put the book down, kept me reading from start to finish. Can't wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Number three! 15 Jan 2014
I read a lot of Stephen Leathers books and appreciate the fact that he writes in several different ways.....oriental detectives, sexy oriental tales....even slightly supernatural stories.....good for him I say for experimenting. Some are better than others.
But the Spider Shepherd novels, for me, are the best. I'd read the first two before many years ago but read them again so I could remember the history before reading this, the third. I won't repeat the story re other reviewers....suffice to say it's really good. I like the way morals go out of the window dealing with ruthless criminals or's a dangerous life out there....not for the faint hearted....and it's a fact that similar people to our hero exist and do what they have to do.
A slow build up....and I agree his problems balancing his son, in laws and life tends to get in the way....but I can see it's a way to show he's human and has domestic problems interfering with his work.....or vice versa?....and I still prefer tales about the younger Spiders exploits in the Special Forces.....but....he has to move on.
A good, escapist read.....I enjoyed it.....what more can I say?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Leather 4 Sep 2006
I've been reading Stephen Leather for 9 years and year after year wait with baited breath for his next novel to come out. I think he's one of this country's most talented writers and his past experience as a journalist shows through in both his research and his use of language and prose. I've found all of his books fast-paced, easy to read and very, very well written. If I have one criticism I think that some of his plot-lines are maybe weaker than others - The Fireman, for instance - but it was none the less gripping or enthralling. I get the impression that his books have only recently started getting the exposure they deserve in supermarkets,etc and hopefully in the future he will begin to become as much a household name as Jack Higgins. If you want a damned good thriller writer who with Soft Target managed to predict the London bombings roughly a year before they happened, with topical story-lines and relentless pace, suspense, and gritty realism then I would strongly recommend Stephen Leather's novels. I think he truly is a wonderful, wonderful writer and I hope his success continues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 28 Mar 2014
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Couldn't put this down. Another great book by Stephen Leather. Now onto spider shepherd book number 4. I can't wait
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Stephen Leather, fantastic as ever, gripping story line from beginning to end with all the twists and turns I have come to expect from Spider Shepherd. Bring on the next one.
Published 1 day ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Enjoying getting to know Spider and looking forward to his developing spy career, wonder if he will ever work for the Americans or not...
Published 1 day ago by Nick Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan "Spider" Shepard UK's Jack Reacher
If you like Jack Reacher then you'll love the UK version Dan "Spider" Shepard. If you like programmes like Spooks and First Strike then Stephen Leather is the author for... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Norry Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair.
Action rather limited in terms of quantity.
Published 24 days ago by James Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 1 month ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again Leather at his best
Published 1 month ago by mr. e brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Spider 3
I began to read this series of books as a result of reviews from elsewhere. Book 1 took a while to "get going", obviously background to the character needs to be put in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs P Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read as always from Stephen Leather
As always with his books, I was gripped from the first page to the last. I will be downloading the next in the series, but it will have to wait as I have just been introduced to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Anita Sparrow
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Loving this series! Really good story lines and plots.. If looking for a new series go for it. And I never review!!!
Published 5 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold kill
Favourite one so far superb read right to the end good story line can't wait to read the next book
Published 6 months ago by steven holt
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