WorldCat Identities

Leather, Stephen

Works: 131 works in 701 publications in 13 languages and 16,521 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Young adult works  Adventure stories  Spy stories  War stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6062.E27, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stephen Leather
The Chinaman by Stephen Leather( Book )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Chinaman" understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business. Until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. Then he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done - and was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance. Which was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge.and went back to war
The vets by Stephen Leather( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five Vietnam vets return to Southeast Asia for a daring mission that could make them all rich
Cold kill by David Lawrence( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"People-smuggling, counterfeit currancy 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 train deep below the English Channel." -- Back cover
The fireman by Stephen Leather( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young, talented, in love with life - why should Sally have thrown herself 15 floors to her death? But as suicide is the verdict of the uncompromising Hong Kong authorities, Sally's brother, a London-based crime reporter, begins his own investigations. As he delves into the details of Sally's unaccountably opulent lifestyle and her mysterious work as a journalist, he is forced to recognise a very different girl from the fun-loving kid sister he remembers. He uncovers a trail that leads him through the decadent haunts of Hong Kong ex-pat society, the ruthless wheeler-dealing of international big-business and the violent Chinese mafia underworld - to an ultimate, shocking act of revenge
Hot blood by Stephen Leather( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop. Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, thrown into a basement and threatened with execution, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend. Shepherd and his former SAS colleagues realise that the hostage has been abandoned by the Government and that officially nothing is being done to rescue him. And with the execution deadline only days away, Shepherd knows that the only way to save the life of his friend is to put himself in the firing line in the most dangerous city in the world -- Baghdad
Soft target by Stephen Leather( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a group of armed police in an elite unit turn maverick and begin ripping off drug dealers at gunpoint, undercover cop Dan Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. His orders are to infiltrate the tight-knit team, gain their confidence, and 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. As Shepherd finds himself on the firing line, he has to decide exactly where his loyalties lie
Dead men by Stephen Leather( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five men murder an RUC Special Branch officer in front of his wife and son. The men who killed the RUC officer have been released from prison under the Good Friday agreement. And one by one someone is killing them, in exactly the same way that the RUC officer died. And possibly using his gun. Suspicion falls on the man's widow
Nightfall by Stephen Leather( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"You're going to hell, Jack Nightingale": They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack's a struggling private detective--and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale's life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale's soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday--just three weeks away. Jack doesn't believe in Hell, but when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And that if he doesn't find a way out he'll be damned in hell for eternity
Live fire by Stephen Leather( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dan 'Spider' Shepherd returns in a new finger-on-the-pulse action adventure: if you like Andy McNab, you'll love Leather
Rough justice by Stephen Leather( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Villains across London are being beaten 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 is never comfortable investigating cops, but working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency means he has no choice. He goes undercover with an elite group of officers at the sharp end of policing, risking their lives daily on the worst streets in the Capital. And he has more hard decisions to make when his family is in the firing line
Hard landing by Stephen Leather( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan 'Spider' Shepherd has lied, cheated and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated
Hungry ghost by Stephen Leather( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geoff Howells, a government-trained killing machine, is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong. His brief: to assassinate Chinese Mafia leader, Simon Ng. Howells devises a dangerous and complicated plan to reach his intended victim - only to find himself the next target ... Patrick Dugan, a Hong Kong policeman, has been held back in his career because of his connections - his sister is married to Simon Ng. But when Ng's daughter is kidnapped and Ng himself disappears, Dugan gets caught up in a series of violent events and an international spying intrigue that has run out of control
The birthday girl by Stephen Leather( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Swedish and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tony Freeman rescued Mersiha when she was fighting for her life in war-torn Yugoslavia. Now she is his adopted daughter, the perfect all-American girl - and the past is another country. Or so it seems. But Mersiha has been trained to kill. And when she discovers that Freeman's company is subject to a sinister takeover bid, she decides to help. Whatever the risks. The consequences of her actions are lethal - for Mersiha has unearthed a conspiracy of terrifying proportions
Midnight by Stephen Leather( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Nightingale is on the hunt for the sister he never knew he had. Just three days ago he did a deal with a devil to save his soul from burning in Hell. Now he's determined to rescue the only family he has from the same fate. As a private detective Jack's used to finding missing people. But tracking her down is no easy task. Every lead he follows seems to end in gruesome death, as someone, or something, tries to stop him succeeding. And even if Jack does find his sister, is her soul worth saving?
Pay off by Stephen Leather( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does a wealthy Scottish financier set up a drugs deal with the IRA? Jeopardise his career, endanger his family and lover by tangling with the East End underworld and a ruthless mercenary? The motive is simple: revenge for a cold-blooded act of murder. His adversary is a dangerous gangland boss whose connections stretch from the Highlands to London and beyond. More than a match for a newcomer, especially when his plans contain a fatal flaw, which will be discovered only when it is much too late
Fair game by Stephen Leather( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spider Shepherd is up against the most violent enemies he's ever encountered. Somali pirates have kidnapped the crew of a yacht in a brutal attack, and are demanding a huge ransom in return for the hostages. The pirates have chilling terrorist ambitions in the UK, and are making terrible plans to change the London skyline forever. Thousands of lives are on the line. Spider is sent to sea on an undercover mission to stop the pirates. But time is running out
The eyewitness by Stephen Leather( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Solomon is a messenger of death, working in the killing fields of Yugoslavia. When a case comes up that he is unable to walk away from, he sets out to find the survivor, a young girl. Drawn into the dangerous world of prostitution, he discovers the killers are closer to home than he thinks
The stretch by Stephen Leather( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Double tap by Stephen Leather( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Assassin - the world's most successful contract killer. Ice cool, accurate and elusive. An anonymous professional with a unique calling card - one bullet in the head and one in the chest for each of his targets. An ex-member of the SAS, Mike Cramer is the perfect sacrificial bait. When the FBI discover the next name on the assassin's hitlist, Cramer is set up to take his place. But Cramer's past has caught up with him. Ex-IRA extremist Dermot Lynch blames Cramer for his lover's death, and he's out for revenge. As Cramer trains for the most dangerous mission in his career, Lynch hunts down his sworn enemy. And the unknown assassin silently closes in on his target. The players are in position for the final, deadly game
The bombmaker by Stephen Leather( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former Irish Republican terrorist believes she has left her murderous life behind her, but then her daughter is kidnapped and she is blackmailed into putting together a huge destructive device for the abductors. From the author of THE TUNNEL RATS, PAY OFF, THE LONG SHOT and THE SOLITARY MAN
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Cold kill
Alternative Names
Leather, Stephen

Lezers, Stīvens

Лизер, Стивен

レザー, スティーヴン

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