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Cold Kill (The 3rd Spider Shepherd Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"* 'As tough as British thrillers get... gripping' - Irish Independent on HARD LANDING * 'Reading Stephen Leather at leisure is always a pleasure. The pacing of SOFT TARGET is superb...' **** - Ireland on Sunday * 'A riveting read' - Sunday Life, Belfast on SOFT TARGET * '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 * 'As high-tech and as world-class as the thriller genre gets' - Express on Sunday on THE BOMBMAKER"

About the Author

Stephen Leather 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, shovelled 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. You can find out more from his website,

Product Details

  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340834129
  • Publisher: Hodder (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V092QK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How hardball do we play it? June 29, 2006
Since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, we've seen that wretched place spiral ever downward into religious and tribal warfare perpetuated by fanatics for whom the concepts of compromise, tolerance and diversity have no meaning. In light of a relatively measured response by U.S. troops that seems unable to bring order out of chaos, it's troubling to remember that Saddam's methods, brutal as they were, managed to keep a lid on the region's endemic factional hatreds (just as Tito's heavy handedness kept rein on Yugoslavia, a nation of contrived borders if there ever was one and which harbored centuries-old blood feuds). COLD KILL should confront the reader with a question. How far do otherwise "civilized" Western nations and their servant governments need to go to prevent such violence from reaching home shores in the explosive-laden backpacks of extraordinarily dedicated Muslim jihadists? Perhaps Guantanamo Bay is just a genteel tea party compared to what's necessary.

Here, ex-SAS trooper Dan Shepherd is now a Detective Constable with London's Metropolitan Police seconded to a special unit tasked with apprehending smugglers of drugs, explosives, illegal immigrants, and the like. Shepherd's current assignment is to infiltrate a ring importing bogus Euros.

In the book's first few pages, we're introduced to a shadowy Saudi Muslim that travels the world on a British passport planning and unleashing the attacks of suicide bomber teams on infidel targets, the latest being Sydney, Australia. The terrorist mastermind plots in the storyline's background with relatively little text exposure as Dan does his thing. The reader expects the paths of the two to cross eventually, the only question is how.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read September 21, 2013
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Good read , read this book on a trams continental flight and it helped the hours just flew by vey good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on track July 8, 2013
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I read this book a while back so I don't remember all the details, but while the second book of the series was a bit inferior to the first one, this one is back on track. Tight plotting and good twist and turns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Houston, we have a problem. December 26, 2012
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This is the most frightening, heart-pounding story I had ever read. From the very first page, the story's intensity and excitement keeps building to the point where it's impossible to put the book down.

Cold Kill is not just a thriller. It's also a fascinating, riveting psychological thriller, at times on a par with Homeland, that will take your breath away.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Kill September 7, 2012
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A good Yarn with a good hero Spider. Will suit ex-military people but civilians will also enjoy just as well.
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I’ve only recently started back on a bit of a marathon to catch up with the Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd series and I’m already wondering whether I can squeeze book 4 in next! Spider is currently working an undercover case to try an infiltrate a gang involved in money laundering and people trafficking. What he doesn’t realise is that this part of the case is literally just the beginning.

I really like Dan Shepherd and we watch him make the daily battles between work and his personal life. In addition it seems like there are major changes afoot and his job could well be changing in the near future to this. Add to that a plot that involves terrorism, torture, violence and a whole lot else and you get…well a very elevated heart rate! The more I read the quicker I had to get through it. This particular story just seemed to keep upping the pace and as threats went from suspected to real the tension ratchets up a notch.

In addition to all the drama we see a new character in the form of Charlotte Button, who could well cause a lot of waves in the ongoing books. Having said that it could be the American Richard Yokely that mixes it all up in the next book, who knows? By the time I had finished the book, I HAD to carry on reading to book 4, I mean after all I did buy the Kindle version as a ‘3 book deal’ and it would be rude not to! (FYI the 3 book Kindle deal is an absolute bargain at under £7) I am absolutely enthralled with the Spider series and can see me upsetting people I’ve promised reviews to because I JUST CAN’T WAIT to read the next in the series. Highly recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd Dan "Spider" Shepherd novel...FANTASTIC! July 24, 2007
I agree with the review by Mr Haschka, who has a talent for writing amusing reviews here at, this is indeed a 5 star thriller. Having read the previous Dan Shepherd tales, I understand quite a bit about what makes "Spider" tick. It helps to have the background info, (wrt how Dan got his nickname and his close relationship with his son and his emotional feeling of loss after his wife's death) but it isn't essential to enjoying this novel on its own. That said, I've been hooked by the author's writing style and have ordered two of Mr Leather's other books. Too, I think "Charlie" Button, head of SOCA, would be a terrific protagonist in her own series. Keep up the suspense Mr Leather!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story November 18, 2012
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Stephen Leather does it again and again. Great plot, fast action and he has made me a fan. Recommend to anyone
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British mystery!
Great series, almost like reading a screen play for a PBS mystery. I am reading the Spider series in order, next
will be the 4th. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hey, Teach
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Leather is fast becoming my favourite action/thriller writer. His spider shepherd series are getting better and better, and as soon as I finish the last I start the next. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ben Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
It was a great read. I enjoy Stephen Leather books. It is a book that grabs your attention thorough out.
Published 17 months ago by nhlynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Enjoyed this so much started reading the next almost immediately.
Can't recommend it enough, they're are a nice British approx to Mick Rap/ Joe Pike and Reacher
Published 20 months ago by David Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fine wine, they get better with age.
I've read them all and enjoyed them all, can't wait for more. Stephen Leather is on my short list of favourite authors.
Published 21 months ago by foulgernz
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT THRILLER
Such a good book! I really couldn't put it down and I am now going through all the 'Dan Shepherd' series. Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by maggsd
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stephen's Best!
Cold Kill is really a fine book. It gets more tense as it goes along and has a very tense ending. Spider Shepherd has to juggle several balls at once from dealing with raising a... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by J. D. Barrett
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More About the Author

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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