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Rough Justice (The 7th Spider Shepherd Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rough Justice is the seventh book in the best-selling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.

Villains across London are being beaten, crippled and killed by vigilante cops. Crime rates are falling, but the powers that be want Dan 'Spider' Shepherd to bring the wave of rough justice to an end.

Shepherd has always known that there are grey areas in the fight against crime. And that sometimes justice gets lost in the process.

He has never been comfortable investigating cops, but working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency means that he has no choice. He has to go undercover with an elite group of officers who are at the sharp end of policing, risking their lives daily on the toughest streets in the Capital.

But Shepherd has hard decisions of his own to make when his family is in the firing line."

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "The story builds to a boil . . . It’s a grand finale that’ll have readers on edge. Nicely, and seemingly effortlessly, done."  —Kirkus Reviews on Cold Kill

    "Leather has a gift for making pages fly by as bodies pile up, tension builds, and clues drop; effective, economical characterizations . . . captivate readers without hampering the rapid-fire narrative."  —Publishers Weekly on The Tunnel Rats

    "Spider Shepherd is my new hero . . . terrifically professional, from the plotting to characterization to the technical and military background. [Leather] takes the reader through . . . with total ease and command."  —Meg Gardiner, author, Kill Chain

    About the Author

    Stephen Leather is a former journalist for the Times. His other titles include The Chinaman, Cold Kill, Hard Landing, The Long Shot, Pay Off, Private Dancer, Soft Target, and Tango One.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 990 KB
    • Print Length: 528 pages
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (July 22, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003VTZSI6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Spider and I are left conflicted August 16, 2010
    "They were driving drug-dealers out of the country, they were getting rid of paedophiles, they were castrating pimps and rapists ... I'm talking about justice. Rough justice, maybe. But real justice. That's the problem, Charlie. There's no justice in the world these days. We put pensioners in prison for not paying their council tax and we let murderers and rapists roam the streets ... (The system) is just plain broken. The cops have no power, the courts are biased towards the villains rather than the victims, the prisons are so crowded that we're putting the bad guys back on the street before they've finished their sentences, and the probation service is so overworked that they can't keep track of the criminals who are released. I've just had enough. I don't want to be part of the system anymore." - Spider Shepherd venting to his SOCA boss, Charlie Button

    As a long-time fan of Dan "Spider" Shepherd and a periodic email correspondent with his creator, Stephen Leather, I was left more than just a little conflicted by his latest adventure, ROUGH JUSTICE. I'd like to be able to award the usual, well-deserved four or five stars, but just can't in all honesty.

    Shepherd, an agent with the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), a British national law enforcement entity since 2006 with duties similar to that of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is, in ROUGH JUSTICE, tasked by his boss Charlie Buttons with infiltrating a shadowy group of vigilante cops in the Territorial Support Group (TSG), an arm of London's Metropolitan Police Service charged with public order containment. Spider deplores the assignment, but soldiers ahead with a stiff upper lip.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Action and intrigue all the way February 16, 2011
    Yet again another excellent read from Stephen Leather. Having read most of the books written by this author this one does not disappoint. With action and intrigue around every corner. The story is about a unit of rogue police officers set on dealing out their own kind of justice by dealing out beatings and even castrations to underworld gangsters and rapists, who they feel need to be dealt with their way.

    Spider Shepherd is an undercover cop working for the Serious and Organised Crime agency in London. He is sent in to expose who is behind these beatings. While undercover Spider Shepherd has his own very serious situation to deal with at home in Hereford. There his Family are threatened by a nasty piece of work that is wanted for rape and murder back home in his own country. This takes him into a similar situation that he is trying to expose back in London. This is when he has to deal out his own sort of Rough Justice.

    This book is well put together with a plot that moves along at pace that excites and makes you want to keep turning the pages. This is not a book to read before you go to sleep as you will have a stupidly late night and won't be able to stop reading. I found this out to my cost and had a very drowsy day at work the next day. I would recommend this book to anyone along with any other book by this author.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and thought provoking July 16, 2010
    Having read all of Stephen Leather's thrillers and particularly enjoyed the "Spider Shepherd" tales, I am an established fan but I can honestly say that Rough Justice is as good as anything the author has written. Rough Justice works on a number of levels, it is a thriller that deals with the very grey areas between justice and revenge and also asks some uncomfortable questions.

    Here we have Spider going undercover to expose some rogue London Police officers who are taking justice into their own hands set within an environment that is perhaps overly politically correct and overly protective of the bad guys rather then the victims. Spider gets his own exposure to this in a scenario that is scarily quite possible. In balance to this we also have Spider considering taking things into his own hands as a result of a terrorist attack....

    This moves at pace but the author does a great job of giving all the characters real personalities amid excellent research. The banter and process of the Police team that Spider works with felt spot on, as did their varying attitudes and frustrations. I sense that Stephen Leather is no fan of the "Nanny State" Britain is developing (a theme repeated in his other recent book, Nightfall), and it would be hard to argue with him based on the themes in this book. But this is a thriller and it works very well at that level, you get a sense of the tension and the pressures of working undercover and the difficulty of maintaining two identities. As a reader you are likely to change your mind about what is acceptable and what is not, or at the very least you will pause to think about your views of right and wrong.
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    The complex plots (usually more than one) of Leather's "Spider series" really pull in the reader. The writer also creates British TV plots --- I would love to see them. I have recommended this series to my students -- who must read 300 pages each quarter, have a "book talk" with me, and create a project.

    Read the series in order if at all possible. You'll get to know Spider and have information from past books. The plots are very realistic and seem to be torn from the top newspapers as well as CNN. And, as in good writing, all is not exactly what it seems. I love being tricked! The ending usually has a twist -- something to think about.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoy the whole series of the Spider Shepherd books
    I thoroughly enjoy the whole series of the Spider Shepherd books. Each one is pure escapism and written in a taut exiting manner. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Harry
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
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    Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love them.
    I am in the process of re-reading all of the Dan{Spider} Shepherd books. Cant get enough of him. Have got many in hardcover but have bought the ones we didnt have in hard copy.
    Published 6 months ago by Rusty Allen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Intriguing story which kept your interest throughout. Difficult to put the book down.
    Published 9 months ago by Bruce Sydney Kennedy
    5.0 out of 5 stars another great story
    Love this series and Im sad to be reaching the end of it. Hope that the author has more planned as I will certainly continue to read them. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by st.firsh
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars
    An excellent book which continues Leather's condemnation of the British justice system and the madness that Britain has become because of its immigration policies and inexplicable... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by John Quinn
    5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling, intelligent read.
    Rough Justice is a brilliant read. It offers the entertainment and distraction that I like to find in a thriller, but it also had me thinking about a number of issues and really... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by nigel p bird
    5.0 out of 5 stars Does justice to the series
    Another very satisfying chapter of the Dan Shepherd series. In fact, this is one of the better books, as I find the book very well put together. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Pipoy1704
    5.0 out of 5 stars the justice was rough but necessary
    When murderers, rapists, gangsters get away with it, I can see Britain is in need of a clean up. I'm all for the "dirty cops" that clean up. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by Bobby
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever series!
    If you like Vince Flynn's books you'll love Stephen Leather's. This is a great series, full of action and suspense. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by fox
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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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