Stephen Leather - Soft Target - Hodder & Stoughton

Soft Target

The 2nd Spider Shepherd Thriller

By Stephen Leather

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The second hard-hitting action thriller featuring undercover policeman Dan 'Spider' Shepherd.

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

There's only one thing more dangerous than a corrupt cop . . . and that's a corrupt cop with a gun.

When a group of armed police in an elite unit turn maverick and start to rip off drug dealers at gunpoint, undercover cop Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is given his most dangerous mission so far.

Shepherd is ordered to infiltrate the tight-knit team, to gain their confidence and to ultimately betray them.

Facing men with guns is nothing new for the former SAS trooper, but it's the first time he's had to investigate his own. And the job couldn't have come at a worse time for him.

As Shepherd finds himself in the firing line, he has to decide exactly where his loyalties lie.

Biographical Notes

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 titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.

You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.

Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.

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  • ISBN: 9780340834091
  • Publication date: 15 Aug 2005
  • Page count: 528
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Stephen Leather is old-fashioned thriller writer and his books have that indefinable quality that keeps you turning the page. — The Mail on Sunday
A master of the thriller genre. — Irish Times
High-adrenaline plotting. — Sunday Express
Stephen Leather is old-fashioned thriller writer and his books have that indefinable quality that keeps you turning the page.
A master of the thriller genre.
High-adrenaline plotting.
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