Ex-SAS trooper turned undercover cop `Spider' Shepherd returns in Stephen Leather's the second book of his bestselling series. In `Soft Target' Spider is playing the role of killer-for-hire to two unsuspecting friends; one who wants to do away with his business partner and a gangster's wife who wants rid of her violent spouse.
The many subplots will keep you entertained as Spider swaps his identities and interweaves between them; infiltrating an elite armed police unit turned rogue who started a private war against the `Yardies', taking them out, stealing their profits and selling off their drugs in Dublin.
In another sub-plot we learn of a group of Muslim fundamentalists who are planning to attack London. In the final pages Spider and our rogue cops come face-to-face with terrible danger as they race against time to track down the terrorists in London's tube stations.
Spider Shepherd is a truly likeable character, who juggles parenthood and the role of a special undercover policeman with tremendous skill and devotion. WF
About the author: Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, with more than two million books sold. His bestsellers, with include 10 books and seven short stories in the Spider Shepherd series, have been translated into more than ten languages. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times and the Daily Mail. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. Two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. www.stephenleather.com
As reviewed in the December/January 2013 issue of An Cosantóir (The Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald - dfmagazine.ie - military.ie