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The Basement

The Basement [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
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New York is a city full of strangers. For NYPD detectives Turner and Marcinko, none are harder to figure out than the serial killer on the loose torturing and killing young women. In fact, right now, somewhere in the city, a woman is being held captive in a basement and it is up to the detectives to find her and the killer—before it’s too late.

As pressure mounts on Turner and Marcinko, their prime suspect is screenwriter wannabe Marvin Waller. He is becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of success and the cops think he might be channeling his anger into murder—but he doesn’t seem to be at all concerned that they are hot on his trail. As Turner and Marcinko close in on Waller they have to wonder: is he the killer? And if he isn’t—who is?

Fusing shifting viewpoints with a growing sense of dread and almost unbearable suspense, the UK’s thriller master Stephen Leather arrives on the shores of the United States with The Basement, his most terrifying work to date.

About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992 and his bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television on such shows 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. His ebooks have spent more than six months on the UK Kindle Top 100 and for several months he had four titles in the UK Kindle Top 10. You can find out more from his website,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181481
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (29 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053TIB2W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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213 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining 28 Dec 2010
By Midnight TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
`The Basement' intrigued from the very start - so much so I read it in one day. Well written, as you would expect from a bestselling author of this calibre, the sequence of events holds the reader's attention from start to finish.
I certainly did not see the twist at the end coming.
I felt the balance was just right for a novella as the story doesn't have the abruptness of a short story but at around 40,000 words was long enough for the characters to gain sufficient depth without the complexities of a detailed novel.
Over the years I have read and thoroughly enjoyed many books written by Stephen Leather, especially the Dan Shepherd series. `The Basement' certainly did not disappoint and I will continue to look out for this author's work.
Excellent value reading at under £1.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, gripping read. 16 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received this book in the mail this morning, sent to me by Stephen Leather himself. I have read it in a day as it is a short story. I was gripped from page one, right from the start as he cleverly changed from one scene to another. I have read The Bestseller and have read reviews that this one was very similar, I did not think so, The Bestseller is mentioned often in it but that is where, for me, the similarity ends. As someone mentioned the characters quickly become known to you and as I was lead by this very clever author, took an instant dislike to Turner. Without giving the story away, buy this book, read it and you will enjoy it, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and as for the ending, well I didn't see that coming, what a way to end it. Sheer brilliance Mr Leather, well done and keep them coming.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short read 10 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent short read.
Other reviews have commented on the graphic sex and violence but I feel that Leather has minimised the descriptions that are an essential part of the story.
Nicely written, but the story could have been enhanced and made into a full length novel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, HIGHLY RECCOMEND 23 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased a kindle very recently, with the intention of continuing my infatuation with reading biographies. This book appeared as a recommendation owing that i had purchased a rebus novel on impulse. I was tempted by the price first of all and then the fact it had generally encouraging reviews. I began reading immediately after download, curious to see the form this apparent graphic novel was going to take. My plan was to read a few pages then commit it to the "maybe read later virtual library". OMG (sorry i hate text speak), did this book made me appreciate the term page turner?

Not being used to the genre i was surprised how i visualised and empathised with the charachters with no recapping neccesary. Considering the subject matter this book carried me along at pace desperate to reach resolution whilst enjoying the journey of the lead charachter. The book is fantastic and cant wait to start the "bestseller" which was recomended on completion of the basement.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
My first Kindle ebook purchase - and a worthwhile one. A shorter, novella-type story, but gripping from the word go. I love the two different first-person narratives that drive the book and the question it inevitably raises as to who is the identity of the kidnapper. A small cast of characters makes this really work. I found the "writer" narrative particularly intriguing.

Reviews here are very divided on the ending. Good? Bad? Terrible? Fitting? I humbly suggest that a lot of the people who didn't like it are the kind who read a thriller like this and want/need that last scene where detectives sitting around sipping coffee saying "so, that's how it all happened: A did this to B, then C did that, and finally we were left at D. All wrapped up, perfectly, tune in next week folks!".

Well, this ending isn't for those people. It's short, sharp and brutal - I also suggest that some people don't like it because they JUST DIDN'T SEE IT COMING, yet when you reread, it's clear that the author has not misled or inaccuratly portrayed something. Our minds just "assume" and fill in blanks to parts of the narrative which are later cleverly subverted.

This is a dark piece; it isn't a "feel good" tale. But it IS a terrific read.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not guess the ending 14 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
And that's why I thought this book was brilliant. It was fast paced and kept me on the edge for its entirety. A twisting plot with believable characters. Another great Leather book!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read! 14 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this as one of my first kindle books and I found it hard to put down. The storyline revolves around the police hunt for a serial killer in New York and a screen writer who becomes the prime suspect for two detectives on the trail of the murderer. As we read more about what the serial killer is doing it is hard to decide if the police are right in their suspicions and the screenwriter is actually the murder. I found this story to be gripping and a very easy read although I found the screenwriter to be an arrogant kind of guy and didn't really feel any sympathy for him at all even though the police try all kinds of nefarious means to catch him out! I didn't find the story particularly violent as some reviewers have mentioned but each to their own. I would definitely recommend giving this story a read!
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119 of 138 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit too graphic for me 15 Feb 2011
By Victor Meldrew Mk2 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read part of this book which I purchased for my Kindle after reading the trial. I must admit to not being a prude and the elements of the book that I read were well written, however, I have never been a fan of books which portray graphic violent sex, so after the first such graphic episode I decided to cease reading this book. I suppose I was pretty naive as the synopsis indicated it as much.

Many others have thoroughly enjoyed this book and I level no critiscism at them in this regard. But if you, like me, do not like reading a book which has pretty graphic kidnap and violent sex contained within it I would suggest that you avoid this one and seek something a little more sedate.
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