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Stephen Leather
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1 May 1997 Stephen Leather Thrillers

Why does a wealthy Scottish financier set up a drugs deal with the IRA? Jeopardise his career, endanger his family and lover by tangling with the East End underworld and a ruthless mercenary? The motive is simple: revenge for a cold-blooded act of murder.

His adversary is a dangerous gangland boss whose connections stretch from the Highlands to London and beyond. More than a match for a newcomer, especially when his plans contain a fatal flaw which will be discovered only when it is much too late . . .

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340672234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340672235
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,979 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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'Stephen Leather should be nestling in your bookshelves alongside Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins' -- Daily Mail 'This is an aggressively topical novel but a genuinely thrilling one, too.' -- Daily Telegraph on COLD KILL

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International bestselling author Stephen Leather's first gripping thriller. Revenge, drugs, terrorism and the underworld collide in one man's quest to avenge a cold blooded murder.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Like Leather 16 Nov 1999
Because I didn't think any of Mr Leather's books would be as good as The Chinaman I was quite prepared to be a little let down with this one. I pleasantly found this not to be the case at all. As a revenge plot goes this is one of the best and most imaginative I have read.It involves many diverse characters, the IRA,London gangsters and beautiful women. Somehow they all come together in a manner that works very well and is very entertaining. An excellent holiday book for when you don't want to have to work too hard to keep up but at the same time require a little stimulus. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 19 July 2000
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Having not heard of Mr Leather I didn't know what to expect. After I had read the first chapter i couldn't put the book down and read it in two days. The plot and characters are outstanding. A very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading his other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Readable Tale Of Revenge 10 Jan 2007
By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE
I am completely new to Stephen Leather and I read this novel in one sitting. It's a fairly easy 240 page read and once you get past the first few pages it has you hooked. It's a tale of revenge set in London and across Scotland. The book is split into two parts - the first being the setting up of the plot for revenge and the second being the aftermath one the plot had been executed. With strong characters and a gripping storyline I'll be looking out for more of his novels.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen leather awesome! 4 April 2013
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His thrillers are gripping from the word go and very relevant today in todays society, always thought provoking ,can't get enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller of a book 11 Jan 2013
By William
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Great plot, great story, hard to put down.Will look out for other books by this author to read very soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen 4 May 2014
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As riveting as the first time I read it, years ago, excellent story line holds your attention. One of the best authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pay off 1 April 2014
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Not one of Stephen Leathers best books, I found the plot rambling and difficult to follow at times. It improved towards the end but I found the ending a let down!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Written by someone with a journalistic background who has been there and knows about the criminal underclass
Published 11 days ago by Ken Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by great author
Great book. Well worth the read and the price.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. Wainer
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awsome cant put it down a bit slow to start but when it starts its great
Published 1 month ago by philippe van eysden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Yet another great Stephen Leather book, I really enjoy the writing style and the fact that his books are well researched.
Published 9 months ago by Geraldo4u
5.0 out of 5 stars usual brilliance from the Leatherman
Read this in two days it's that good . Don't read the back story before you jump in and get involved with the plot. I haven't read a Stephen Leather book I haven't enjoyed yet. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. D. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay Off
Another winner from a excellent Author. This was different in that a large portion of the story was setting up the `pay off` leaving the reader wondering just what it was going to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jan Headland
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
since discovering Stephen Leather after reading the first in the dan shepherd series i have now read his earlier novels and have not been disappointed.
Published 14 months ago by Mally
5.0 out of 5 stars another Stephen Leather winner
this man just get better and better with each and every book . Grat story . Ilove it to bits.
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