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7 July 2003
Jack Solomon is a messenger of death. Working in the fractured remains of Yugoslavia, his task is to identify the victims of ethnic cleansing and to tell families that their loved ones are never coming home. Years of working in the killing fields have desensitised the former London policeman to the horrors of war, but when a truck containing twenty-six bodies is pulled from a lake, Solomon is unable to walk away from the case. He sets out to track down the only survivor of the massacre, a young girl on the run from the killers. Solomon's hunt for the last witness leads from the brothels of Sarajevo to the high-stakes world of London's internet prostitution - where he will discover that the killers are closer to home than he thinks...
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder (7 July 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1444705784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705782
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,446 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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The Eyewitness, another admirably paced and plotted thriller from Stephen Leather, delves into ethnic genocide in the Balkans and the murky world of global prostitution. Jack Solomon, an ex-London vice squad detective, works for the International War Dead Commission in the former Yugoslavia. His job is identifying the victims of the ethnic atrocities "to put names to the dead" and, where necessary, pass cases on to the War Crimes Tribunal.

In three years this cigarette-smoking investigator has seen a lot of terrible things, but when a van containing the bodies of 26 Kosovar Albanians, most from the same family, is pulled out of the river, something inside him snaps. He believes that one of the family, a young woman called Nicole, not only survived but also witnessed the murders. Jack sets out to find her. Ordered off the case by his number-crunching boss, he seeks the help of Dragan, a beer-swilling Bosnian cop. Convinced that Nicole has become a prostitute, Jack starts trawling the brothels. After a run in with Petrovic, a local hood, he discovers that she's now working as a call girl in London.

Solomon heads back home but finds things have changed; Albanian gangsters have muscled in on Soho and the Internet has revolutionised the skin trade. With the Russian Mafia, Sasha, a Serbian super-pimp, and Inga, one of his sex slaves, on Jack's tail, tracking Nicole down proves more difficult than he had first surmised. However, as Leather's surprising denouement confirms, where the Balkans are concerned you can never be too sure who your friends are, or who is really innocent or guilty. --Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘A whirlwind of action, suspense and vivid excitement' -- Irish Times on The Birthday Girl

‘A whirlwind of action, suspense and vivid excitement’ -- Irish Times on The Birthday Girl

‘As high-tech and as world-class as the thriller genre gets' -- Express on Sunday on The Bombmaker

‘As high-tech and as world-class as the thriller genre gets’ -- Express on Sunday on The Bombmaker

‘Exciting stuff with plenty of heart-palpitating action gingered up by mystery and intrigue . . . Leather is an intelligent thriller writer’ -- Daily Mail on The Tunnel Rats

‘Stephen Leather should be nestling in your bookshelves alongside Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins’ -- Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness 15 Nov 2003
A gripping and interesting story set in the harsh reality that is the former Yugoslavia. Stephen has a great ability to describe scenes and events in detail, so much so that you can easily visualise the characters and surrounding with all their imperfections and characteristics. It would seem a great deal of research went into this, which is all to his credit.
There is a brief synopsis above, so the story outline is already explained. A good story which is well written and made more enjoyable by the many twists and turns and the unexpected ending. If you like the thriller genre, then you should spend the time to read �Eyewitness�.
I would think this would make an excellent film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 7 Mar 2003
I have enjoyed all of the Leather books. This one again did not disappoint. A very quick read. Also very informative about the worlds of prostitution and human trading, not things I usually read about.
This book has great characters, and a fast paced story, that keeps you guessing til the end. Definitely worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape into the oldest profession 27 Dec 2005
"... (Solomon) reckoned that sitting in a car with an Albanian pimp, his bodyguard and two heavily armed Croatian thugs on he way to a shoot-out in a Bosnian brothel would make anyone nervous."
Such is the approaching moment of truth for Jack Solomon, an investigator employed with the International War-dead Commission in the Balkans. Jack's job is to coordinate the identification by DNA of the bodies of civilians killed in the ethnic cleansing atrocities in Kosovo and Bosnia, and then notify surviving family members. Jack's latest case involves twenty-six Bosnian Muslims - men, women and children from the same extended family - found locked in the back of a refrigerator truck at the bottom of a lake. Death had been by suffocation some three years previous. But the chill of the lake had preserved the bodies perfectly, and Solomon takes the presence among the dead of an eighteen-month old girl, still clutching her teddy bear, hard. Further investigation indicates that one member of the clan survived, sixteen-year old Nicoletta. Jack's self-imposed mission is to track her down so she can testify before the War Crimes Tribunal. But the girl has run, apparently disappearing into the dark world of indentured prostitution. After Jack runs afoul of one of the region's most vicious and powerful criminal bosses, his boss sends him back to the safety of London, where, as chance would have it, Nicoletta is now an escort agency hooker.
THE EYEWITNESS is a fascinating look at the callous, and sometimes appallingly vicious, business of international trafficking in prostitutes. Author Stephen Leather's description of the London sex-for-money scene, from the girls working out of the traditional Soho walk-ups to the burgeoning Web-based outcall/incall enterprises, is comprehensive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 3 Nov 2007
By Clive
A great read that covers an eyewitness from crimes in Bosnia who ends up in the flesh trade in London. We have a host of strong characters from the Serb gang leaders to Maltese and Russian pimps in London persecuted by Jack Solomon, an ex-cop now turned UN war crime volunteer aidworker. The story comes with Leathers' trade mark doses of action, and the sad prostitution cases are dealt with a balance showing the extent of extortion and anguish the girls go through, as well as their grim acceptance of a desperate escape from poverty. A great read with a Deaver style ending that you won't see coming!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another classic 22 July 2003
By tgaston
Without hesitation or care for delicate sensibilities, Stephen leather gives the reader a view of the darker side of human existence. From mass graves and torture to the seedy world or near slavery that is the reality of large city prostitution, Leather weaves a path of intrigue and suspense.
The ending is disappointingly predictable but this did not lessen my enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The eyewitness 16 Dec 2013
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As usual a very fast paced thriller complaints and recommended. Stephen leather does not let you the reader down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 26 Nov 2013
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Well written fast pace, the end was very good I couldn't put it down. I will certainly be on my way to read an other of Stephen leathers books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars S.Leather 19 Sep 2013
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This book was sent quickly as promised. As always Stephen Leather does not let you down. Every book is completely different and a joy to read. The only trouble is I read them too quickly!
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