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The Stretch (Stephen Leather Thrillers)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2000
Leather's easy writing style makes this novel a pleasure to read.The rapid-fire dialogue and scenes are cinematic,and the storytelling puts most movies to shame.The main characters were given depth,making them three dimensional and believable.As the story developed I found myself eager to see what was in store for each of them.It is rare to find a plot,that is simple yet so fast moving and exciting and told in a style so economical it makes you breathless.The story-line has its interesting twists and turns and un unexpected fnale that comes as a shock.Don't wait for the paperback edition get this one now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2013
I like the books I've read so far by Stephen Leather and this is no exception. It's well written and each of his books although about murder have a different style. Some authors have the same format and can get a little boring.

If you like murder books then it is worth giving this book and others of his especially the Basement a try.

Just don't expect to be intellectually challenged but if you want an absorbing book and not similar to other murder fiction writers do read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read it in two sittings, which gives an indication of how readable it is. I will buy other Leather books
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
didnt want to put it down my eyes where sore from all the reading of it but was worth it great book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2013
This is the first book I have read by Stephen Leather,I will certainly read more of his books. The characters became real , I could just picture what they all looked like.
Off to read another of his books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2013
A great yarn about some nice (and some not so nice) people who make a living on the wrong side of the law. How well intentioned folk can get caught up through misguided loyalties. A lady who manages to find her way through to an acceptable conclusions. Leathers usual skilful mix of character, action and knowledge of his subject makes for a very readable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2013
This would certainly make a very enjoyable TV drama. Good characters and plot! Sam shows how the ladies can use their charm and it is believable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2013
What can I say anyone who enjoys this writer will be pleased to get filled in on more background very enjoyable
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2013
If you like Stephen Leather novels, this won't disappoint. Central character is the wife of a gangland, wheeler-dealer whose very comfortable lifestyle is shattered when her husband is imprisoned for murder. But did he do it?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2000
The Stretch is my first encounter with this talented author and, not being an avoid reader of books, , I am ashamed to admit that I had not even heard of Mr. Leather, let alone weave my way through his compelling copy. The Stretch really came alive for me about a third of the way through, when characters vaguely familiar to me jumped from the page in the form of Fletcher and Ryser, having an uncanny resemblance to those in real life with the same name, but fortunately not playing similar roles. It's all Fletchers' fault really, dumping a signed copy of the hardback on me with a fully toothed smile and brisk - 'ere read this and let me know what you think !', as he walked away humming quietly to everyone in sight.. Ryser, conversely, has not been seen for some while - no doubt touring in his plum colored CRV with lovely lady Toy beside him admiring his ever lengthening hair and beard. Seriously though, Stephen Leather guarantees exciting and focussed reading, with not a chapter in sight, just * * * section breaks urging you to the next cameo twist in the story which is a continuing reminder not to put the book down. For me, The Stretch is definitely the springboard to dive into more of Stephen Leathers' craft at the earliest opportunity.
Fortunately, books do not go away, they stay for latecomers and for return visits. So I foresee a wealth of exciting reading in store, probably the eleven other thrillers in reverse order , starting with the Bombmaker. I'm off then, to find a bookshop locally with the full range in stock and, if unsuccessful, will surf to the Amazon web site and buy off the Net.
Michael J. Franklin
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