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Cold Kill (A Dan Shepherd Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – August 10, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 3 of 13 in the Spider Shepherd Series

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An author who isn't afraid to tackle the new breed of crime that dominates today's headlines. Daily Express A breathless, exciting narrative with exquisite pacing. The Good Book Guide This is an aggressively topical novel but a genuinely thrilling one, too. Daily Telegraph Authentic stuff. Observer

About 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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Product Details

  • Series: A Dan Shepherd Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340834129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340834121
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. Leather is one of Britian's top mystery writers, read him and you will see why. Each character, even the "bad guys" have a background story and are not flat, boring characters. Cold Kill has events that are as current at the nightly news and just as scary!
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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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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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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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I agree with the review by Mr Haschka, who has a talent for writing amusing reviews here at amazon.com, 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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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. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fast paced yet deep storytelling. Much better than lee child iIMHO.
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