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Stephen Leather
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1 Aug 2002 Stephen Leather Thrillers

In different parts of London, three recruits prepare for their first day at the Metropolitan Police's training centre at Hendon. All three had succeeded in getting into the police in spite of weaknesses. But on their first day, the assistant commissioner announces that he wants them to join a team of undercover detectives. Their brief? To become criminals; to work their way up through whatever criminal organisations they can get access to, and to collate evidence against the criminals they come across. Their target? One of the world's biggest drug dealers, Den Donovan, alias 'Tango One' - number one on HM Customs and Excise's List of most wanted criminals.

Three years later all the recruits are getting close to their target. Too close, perhaps, to remember the rules . . .

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 6th THUS edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034077035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770351
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,844 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 www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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'A gripping story sped along by admirable, uncluttered prose' -- Daily Telegraph on THE CHINAMAN

'A top-notch thriller which whips the reader along at breakneck speed' -- Yorkshire Post on THE LONG SHOT

'As high-tech and as world-class as the thriller genre gets' -- Sunday Express on THE BOMBMAKER

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An electrifying thriller from the bestselling author of HARD LANDING.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action all the way!! 21 Feb 2002
By A Customer
This is by far the best book yet from Stephen Leather, and I have read them all!!
This book races along from the very first page with very little 'descriptive' padding.
It is about three new police recruits in London who find that their first day at the Hendon training centre is cancelled and they are 'recruited' as undercover police officers with a long term aim of capturing the biggest drug baron - Den Donovan.
I found all of the characters believable and interesting. In fact, this is the best book I've read for ages and I read a lot of books!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This is the first book that I have read of Stephen Leather's and I am sure to be reading more! The action and intrigue grips right from the start of the book - I couldn't put it down.
Leather had me feeling sorry for the bad guy and at the same wondering what the good guys were really up to and if they were going to surface. Which were which again?
Three new police recruits are taken out of the routine training programme and put into undercover work. Their aim: to infiltrate (and hopefully take down) one of the world's biggest drugs barron, Den Donovan.
But Donovan has problems of his own to worry about.
A brilliant novel with plenty of detail, but not too much to get bogged down in. I highly recommend to anyone who loves the thrill of a great page turner!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drugs thriller - pros and cons 13 May 2002
The best use of this book would be to convey an idea as to how the drugs business works - and it does succeed at that, I am simply not sure whether I can trust the information, having no access to other sources. What I like about the book is that evil doings are described as natural part of the business: when torture and murder happen, they come as predictably as an invoice. When discussing with perpetrators atrocities he barely escaped, the main character, drugs baron Donovan, is quoted several times saying 'In the reverse case, I'd have done the same thing.'
The novel's characters are rather shallow, especially the very few female ones. They are not much more than elaborated cliches put to at times lengthy action. Much space in the book is given to description, and often this adds rather little to the plot. Numerous times the main character is described as checking shop window reflections and backing up, to see whether people may be following him.
The only female character, Tina, one of the deep undercover agents working as lapdancer, is hardly developed beyond the fact that she escaped stepfather abuse, had to work the streets, and managed to escape from it through evening classes. Nothing (apart from the purposeful workings of plot) explains that she could seriously begin to like the main character, Donovan, at bottom a nasty chauvinist thug lacking any positive traits apart from a rudimentary concern for his only 9 year old son. That he nearly kills one of Tina's customers who pestered her after following her to her flat can hardly endear him to her. That she acts liking him is part of her undercover job, that she then seriously begins to like him is hardly credible...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 May 2014
By Rowie
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As usual the plot was excellent, gripping and compelling reading. The story line was well constructed and the main players very believable.
High tension at the end as the last consignment did not arrive and Sacha watched the cock fight waiting to carry out his task.
I could read Stephen Leather novels all day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good electrifying read 15 April 2014
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In the middle of this book and all its credits are proving to be true. A very interesting and gripping book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from the start. 29 Jan 2014
By Mazurka
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Really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down! Its an easy read but well written with a good plot and a decent twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good but a bit far fetched 27 Jan 2014
By Jrkis
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You have to suspend your reality check. The storyline is every bit as gripping as other of his stand alone thrillers and espionage novels. I thoroughly enjoyed the twist at the end but I had guessed the ending because the story became predictable as soon as Louise appeared on the scene. Nonetheless it was a good read and now I have read about 10 of his books. He writes well; obviously well researched as a good reporter would do but the characterisation is superficial. The plot is good if somewhat unreal but that doesn't detract from the literary techniques he uses to capture your imagination and keep you reading and then feeling bereft when the book ends. So - just buy another one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Author 15 Dec 2013
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Stephen Leather is an outstanding author. His Spider shepherd series is simply brilliant, insightful and addictive. Whilst some of his other material appears to be based around the Spider Shepherd character - they are all still as addictive and interesting. Highly recommend any books by this author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ok book
Published 6 days ago by Wendy Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 1 month ago by Tandardarcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story.
Excellent book. Really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by A C Mos
4.0 out of 5 stars Steven Leather is a great crime writer
Steven Leather is a great crime writer. Whilst he also writes serial novels, there are a large number of stories in his catalogue which should not be missed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Very good book with lots of twists
Published 1 month ago by andy prowse
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
As per usual, excellent reading, keeps you interested all the way through
Published 1 month ago by Keith Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant from start to finish
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Jervis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by great author
Great book. Well worth the read and the price.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. Wainer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good with suprising twists!!
Great read!! I absolutely cant wait to read the rest of the authors publications on upcoming holiday, if there anywhere near as good as this ill finish them in days rather than... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dickystoony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - well paced. Highly recommended thriller.
Excellent book. Very well paced, with good guys that I ended up disliking and a bad guy that I ended up liking, even admiring!

I enjoyed this far more that Mr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by skotl
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