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Cold Kill
     

Cold Kill

by Stephen Leather
 

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The third book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.

Even deadlier than terrorists . . . are the men trying to stop them.

People-smuggling, counterfeit currency and attempted murder. It's all in a day's work for undercover cop Dan 'Spider' Shepherd. But what starts as a run-of-the mill investigation quickly turns into a matter of life and death when

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The third book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.

Even deadlier than terrorists . . . are the men trying to stop them.

People-smuggling, counterfeit currency and attempted murder. It's all in a day's work for undercover cop Dan 'Spider' Shepherd. But what starts as a run-of-the mill investigation quickly turns into a matter of life and death when he uncovers a terrorist cell on a mission of death and destruction. The target: hundreds of passengers on a cross-channel train deep below the English Channel.

With the clock ticking and the explosives primed, Shepherd and his colleagues have to decide just how far they are prepared to go to save innocent lives. And they realise that to avoid catastrophe, they have to be even more merciless than the terrorists.

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Undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd thinks he's found a pretty decent case when he stumbles upon a ring of Continental currency-smugglers. By the end of this thriller, though, he'll have much bigger fish to fry. While investigating a crew of people-traffickers, London detective and ex-SAS man Dan Shepherd discovers a cross-Channel currency-smuggling operation. Posing as low-level criminal Anthony Corke, Shepherd infiltrates the gang, befriending its London soldiers and establishing contact with the shady Albanian gangster who masterminds the business from his swank Paris flat. As Shepherd soon discovers, currency-smuggling isn't the only business these guys dabble in. With the help of a government contact, they've been churning out fake British passports, a scam that eventually finds Shepherd surrounded by Semtex and racing to foil a terrorist plot. All the while, bureaucratic complications are brewing as Shepherd and his old boss hop to new agencies, forcing them to make nice with a few fresh faces. And then, of course, there's that sketchy Saudi millionaire who's been seen stalking the globe lately, hanging out with all sorts of undesirables. There are a lot of loose strands floating about, but by and large, Leather (Soft Target, 2005, etc.) manages to braid them together with aplomb. Even Shepherd's overly familiar family dramas (has fiction ever known a happily married undercover cop?) are only minimally distracting, and while his ever-pensive policeman schtick is, perhaps, a touch stale, many of the novel's secondary characters are nicely drawn. The story builds to a boil as Shepherd, piecing together the terrorists' plans as he goes, lands aboard a Paris-bound Eurostar train withfour suicide bombers as his fellow passengers. It's a grand finale that'll have readers on edge. Nicely, and seemingly effortlessly, done.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340834121
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Dan Shepherd Series , #3
Edition description:
New
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
642,737
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Leather is in the top rank of thriller writers.

Meet 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. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten 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.

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