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Dark Forces

The 13th Spider Shepherd Thriller

By Stephen Leather

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The thirteenth heart-pounding thriller in Stephen Leather's bestselling Spider Shepherd series.

When you're caught between two evils, only the most decisive will survive . . .

A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hitman. What he doesn't know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil.

Only weeks before Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.

Spider's going to have to proceed with extreme caution if he is to prevent the death of hundreds of people, but at the same time, when the crucial moment comes he knows he will have to act decisively. The clock is ticking and only he stands between us and Armageddon . . .

'Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it' - Sun

What readers are saying about DARK FORCES

'Palpable excitement' - 5 STARS

'I would recommend the Spider series to anyone who can read. They are THAT good!' - 5 STARS

'Possibly Stephen Leather's best yet' - 5 STARS

' Brilliantly written and highly recommended' - 5 STARS

'Just brilliant' - 5 STARS

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: 9781473604087
  • Publication date: 28 Jul 2016
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  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
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