WorldCat Identities

Leather, Stephen

Works: 143 works in 785 publications in 12 languages and 16,749 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Action and adventure fiction  Young adult works  Spy stories  Adventure stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6062.E27, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stephen Leather
The Chinaman by Stephen Leather( Book )

31 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terrorists and bombings are an old story to the police and the politicians; Nguyen is just a bothersome "Chinaman" demanding justice from a system he does not understand. But Ian Wood, a journalist whose trench coat smells of smoke and whiskey, sees the obdurate Nguyen as the key to the big story he so urgently needs. Wood gives him the name of a suspected terrorist leader, the entry to a treacherous world the Chinaman understands all too well. Belfast lawyer Liam Hennessy looks like a rugby player gone to seed. But he is one of the most powerful men in a terrorist network so out of control that even he does not know who is behind the bombs that are ravaging London. When the Chinaman appears in his office he cannot answer Nguyen's demands for the names of his family's assassins - and dismisses his threats. Undaunted, Nguyen unleashes a harrowing campaign of violence at Hennessy's Irish countryside farm. As the brutal bombings continue in London, a desperate Hennessy orders his most trusted aid to make a secret deal with the British that may yield the terrorists' identities. He also sends his beautiful, passionate wife, Mary, to the safety of London - and straight into her lover's arms
The vets by Stephen Leather( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 642 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
Nightfall by Stephen Leather( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Nightingale left the force and became a private investigator. But is struggling to cope. That is, until he inherits a mansion in Surry from a man who turns out to be his biological father. A father who, it appears, killed himself in the middle of a magic circle when he was unable to reverse a deal he did with a demon
Dead men by Stephen Leather( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former SAS trooper turned undercover cop Dan Spider Shepherd knows there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. But when a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd has to put his life on the line to protect his former enemies
The fireman by Stephen Leather( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 565 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
Soft target by Stephen Leather( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 519 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
Midnight by Stephen Leather( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Nightingale found it hard enough to save lives when he was a cop. Now he needs to save a soul - his sister's. But to save her he has to find her and they've been separated since birth. When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save his sister, he's going to have to do what he does best - negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price. And first Jack must ask himself the question: is every soul worth saving?
Hot blood by Stephen Leather( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 514 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
Rough justice by Stephen Leather( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 502 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
Live fire by Stephen Leather( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mickey and Mark Moore are ordinary decent criminals -- hard men who live by their own code and leaders of a gang that has made millions at the point of a gun. But when Dan "Spider" Shepherd is sent to infiltrate the tightly knit team of bank robbers, he discovers that he has more in common with them then he first thought. And that perhaps being a career criminal isn't the worst thing in the world. As Shepherd and his Serious Organized Crime Agency colleagues plot the downfall of the Moore brothers, a more sinister threat stalks the streets of London: a group of home-grown Islamic fundamentalist fanatics embark on a campaign of terror the likes of which Britain has never seen. Car bombs and beheadings are only the prelude of what they have planned -- and Shepherd is the only man who can stop them."--Publisher description
Hard landing by Stephen Leather( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 428 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. Corrupt prison officers, lifers with nothing to lose, and hard men with something to prove are all gunning for Shepherd. The only way to survive is to play his role to perfection, twenty-four-seven, among criminals for whom violence is a way of life. As he gambles everything to move in on his quarry, he soon realises that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated. And that he is capable of striking outside the prison walls and hitting Shepherd where it hurts most
False friends by Stephen Leather( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students, Malik and Chaudhry - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler. And with the line between mentor and friend beginning to blur, and a terrorist plot putting thousands of lives at stake, can he protect everyone before it's too late?
White lies by Stephen Leather( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line -- for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in the badlands of Pakistan, Shepherd doesn't hesitate to join a rescue mission. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. His SAS training is of little help as his captors beat and torture him. Shepherd's MI5 controller Charlotte Button is determined to get her man out of harm's way, but to do that she's going to have to break all the rules. Her only hope is to bring in America's finest -- the elite SEALs who carried out Operation Neptune Spear -- in a do-or-die operation to rescue the captives"--
Nightmare by Stephen Leather( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and German and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Nightingale was a cop who quit his job over a little girl's death. He's saved his own soul from a devil, and now he's haunted by the cries for help of that same little girl. Is she trapped in eternal torment? Or are demons torturing and deceiving him in order to gain the ultimate prize? Nightingale will have to face down the powers of the police, south London gangs and Hell itself to find out
Hungry ghost by Stephen Leather( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Danish and held by 411 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 )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Swedish and held by 402 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
Pay off by Stephen Leather( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 398 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
True colours by Stephen Leather( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welathy Russians are being assassinated in London and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. The assassinations arn't political - they're personal. Then asked by ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban operative, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job. -- Blurb
Double tap by Stephen Leather( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 383 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
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