- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition (16 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340734116
- ISBN-13: 978-0340734117
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (878 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
HARD LANDING (The 1st Spider Shepherd Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – 16 Aug 2004
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Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it. (Sun)
A taut-page turner, it gives fascinating insight into life behind bars. (Daily Express)
As tough as British thrillers get, Hard Landing is a gripping and enjoyable read. (Irish Independent)
The ebook and paperback international bestseller: Stephen Leather's first hard-hitting, Dan 'Spider' Shepherd thriller, set in one of the most notorious and corrupt of British prisons.See all Product Description
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I am a total convert and can't wait for the rest to be Kindleised (hopefully at a reasonable price too).
HARD LANDING was followed by SOFT TARGET and COLD KILL, all three of which I've unintentionally read in reverse order. I'd recommend reading the first book first since, if nothing else, the series is a character development exercise for the protagonist.
Here, Spider is tossed into one of Her Majesty's maximum security prisons after establishing his cover as an armed desperado on an airport warehouse hold-up gone bad. Dan's mission is to nail big-time drug trafficker Gerald Carpenter, currently in the same lock-up awaiting trial. Carpenter is somehow communicating with the outside and masterminding the quashing of evidence and killing of witnesses that would otherwise convict him. Fearing Gerald will ultimately go free, Shepherd's job is to identify the leak and thus ensure Carpenter's conviction.
Spider's job prevents him from having a normal home life with his wife Sue and son Liam, a fact that causes the inevitable friction with the former and neglect of the latter and which is exacerbated by a tragedy that occurs while Dan is behind bars.Read more ›
The plot develops from the 'off', and doesn't lag at all throughout the book ; Despite most of the story being set in one main location (a secure prison) the narrative doesn't drag or become heavy ; from a third of the way in it became so compulsive that it was difficult to put down.
The characters are interesting and well developed, and despite being set within one main location the narrative doesn't drag or become heavy.
Description of life in a Category A prison seems very real, and would suggest an incredible amount of research on the author's part.
The plot is gritty and very believable until the final few chapters, where a 'James Bond' style assault takes place to capture the villain ; This closure tends to suspend belief somewhat, but heck - it is a novel, and a very enjoyable and entertaining one at that!
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the novels in the series, and hope they will be as good as this first one - another book that could be made into an excellent film or tv-series.
Spider Shepherd (what a good name--just a hint of comic book hero in Spider and Shepherd--a man who guards the flock against the wolves and other predators) is ex-SAS turned undercover cop with an impressive range of helpful contacts on whom to call when things get rough, a wonderfully drawn tough guy in touch with his feminine side, racked often by the internal conflict between duty and morality. Like Chandler's hero Philip Marlowe, he walks the mean streets but is not demeaned. Leather knows his philosophers and frequently gives us the classical conundrums posed by them for the moral man, as did Chandler.
The plotting is deft and reliance on coincidences is minimal, the characters convincing and thoroughly enjoyable. There is a wonderfully drawn and detailed completely amoral American who specialises in information retrieval by any means possible and whose plots make Machiavelli's Prince a naive schoolboy. Charlotte Button is a double-first intellectual on the way to command MI5 is Spider's official boss whom he ignores when it suits him but who is his conscience made flesh--and what flesh. So plenty of unresolved sexual tension there and with the beautiful Slovenian au pair turned permanent house-keeper. Plenty of good supporting parts, too, including a terrific non-PC best mate.
Spider has similarities to Jack Reacher, the American ex-soldier turned roaming detective but Spider is much more rounded, human yet professional and believable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story, factual, kept me reading until the end. Definitely a must read. Can't wait for the other books in themselves.Published 1 day ago by Shaun
Excellent thriller with a well worked plot that makes it compelling reading and very difficult to put down. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by DAB
The beginning of the famous Dan Shepherd is a very decent thriller from Stephen Leather. I personally enjoyed the additional length which was largely used to build the atmosphere... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simon
Dan Shepherd is a great character. Very real and believable. The writing is first class as usual. If you like action adventure this is a must read.Published 2 months ago by c.clare