First Chapters - Stephen Leather
Black Ops Click here to read the first chapter Spider Shepherd's MI5 controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue, using government resources to get revenge on the men who killed her husband. Spider is told to betray her. Along with everything else, it's down to Spider to stop the assassination of a head of state on British soil. San Francisco Night Click here to read the first chapter Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows – in the grey areas where the real world meets the supernatural. But when he arrives in San Francisco to take on a group of Satanists bent on opening a doorway to Hell, the danger is out in the open and all too real. The Apostles – a Satanic coven using murder and torture to pave the way for a demon to enter the real world – realise that Nightingale is on their tail. White Lies Click here to read the first chapter 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. Last Night Click here to read the first chapter The fifth Jack Nightingale supernatural thriller from bestselling author Stephen Leather sees the legendary P.I. take on another nail-biting supernatural adventure. True Colours Click here to read the first chapter When an assassin starts killing off some of the world’s richest men, an oligarch with friends in high places seeks the protection of MI5. And Spider Shepherd is placed in the firing line. Nightshade Click here to read the first chapter In Jack Nightingale's world sometimes the only way to fight evil is with evil. A farmer walks into a school and shoots eight children dead before turning the gun on himself. And when the police search the man's farm they unearth evidence of dark Satanic practices. False Friends Click here to read the first chapter 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 - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Nightmare Click here to read the first chapter What goes around, comes around. Jack Nightingale learned that as a cop and discovered that it was just as true in the world of the supernatural. His life changed forever on the day he failed to stop a young girl throwing herself to her death. Ever since, he's been haunted by thoughts that he could have done more to save her. Now her cries for help are louder than ever. Is she trapped in eternal torment? Fair Game Click here to read the first chapter Kidnapping is one of the cruellest crimes – lives are put at risk for cold, hard cash. But when Somali pirates seize the crew of a yacht off the coast of Africa, they bite off more than they can chew. Midnight Click here to read the first chapter Jack Nightingale has 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. Rough Justice Click here to read the first chapter Villains across London are being beaten, crippled 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. Nightfall Click here to read the first chapter You are going to Hell, Jack Nightingale.’ They are the words that ended Jack Nightingale’s career as a negotiator with the Metropolitan Police. But two years later, when Nightingale is a struggling Private Eye, the words come back to haunt him. Live Fire Click here to read the first chapter 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. Dead Men Click here to read the first chapter Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd has always known that there is no black and white in the war against crime and terrorism. The former SAS trooper turned undercover cop has always operated in the grey areas, putting his life on the line to keep the public safe from harm. Cold Kill Click here to read the first chapter People smuggling, counterfeit currency 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. Soft Target Click here to read the first chapter There’s only one thing more dangerous than a corrupt cop, and that’s a corrupt cop with a gun. When an elite armed police unit appears to have gone maverick, Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is sent in to the firing line. And as he starts to investigate fellow cops, he has to decide where his loyalty lies. To his colleagues, his masters, or his family. . . . . Hard Landing Click here to read the first chapter Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line as a detective in an elite undercover squad. But when a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd faces his most dangerous assignment yet – going undercover in a top security prison, where one wrong move will mean certain death. . . . The Eyewitness Click here to read the first chapter Jack Solomon is a messenger of death. Working in the fractured remains of Yugoslavia, his task is to identify the victims of ethnic cleansing and to tell families that their loved ones are never coming home. Years of working in the killing fields have desensitised the former London policeman to the horrors of war, but when a truck containing twenty-six bodies is pulled from a lake, Solomon is unable to walk away from the case. Tango One Click here to read the first chapter Den Donovan is Tango One, number one on HM Customs and Excise Most Wanted list. Rich, powerful, and never been caught, he's virtually untouchable. Which is why the authorities have to play by a new set of rules if they're going to catch him in the act. The Stretch Click here to read the first chapter When career criminal Terry Greene is sentenced to life for a murder he didn't commit, his wife has two choices. To walk away from the criminal empire he'd built up, or to take it over. To become as big a gangster as her husband ever was. The Bombmarker Click here to read the first chapter A former IRA bombmaker is forced out of retirement when her seven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. The ransom - to build the biggest bomb Britain has ever faced. The Tunnel Rats Click here to read the first chapter Two murders, thousands of miles apart: one in London, one in Bangkok. The bodies brutally mutilated: an ace of spades impaled upon their chests. Nick Wright is the detective trying to solve the mystery of the double killing The Solitary Man Click here to read the first chapter Chris Hutchison has to help an IRA terrorist escape from a Bangkok prison. But the DEA find out and use him as a pawn to bring down a top drugs baron based in the Golden Triangle The Double Tap Click here to read the first chapter Former SAS officer Mike Cramer is used as bait to trap the world’s most successful assassin. His method of killing - two shots at close range. And he’s never failed. The Birthday Girl Click here to read the first chapter War orphan Mersiha has a deadly secret in her past. And it comes back to haunt her adoptive family in America. The Long Shot Click here to read the first chapter The FBI races against time to stop an audacious assassination involving three long-range snipers. The Vets Click here to read the first chapter Four Vietnam War veterans are recruited for a daring robbery in Hong Kong. But all is not as it seems and the men realise they’re being set up for something much more sinister. The Chinaman Click here to read the first chapter A Viet Cong killer goes back to his roots to take on the IRA at their own game in the Ulster countryside. His mission - revenge. Hungry Ghost Click here to read the first chapter Ex-SAS hired killing machine Geoff Howells is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong to assassinate a Chinese Mafia leader. But it isn’t long before Howells finds himself in the firing line.