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An explosive thriller in the Spider Shepherd series

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd’s career path – soldier, cop, MI5 officer – has always put a strain on his family. So he is far from happy to learn that MI5 is using teenagers as informants. Parents are being kept in the dark and Shepherd fears that the children are being exploited.

As an undercover specialist, Shepherd is tasked with protecting a 15-year-old schoolboy who is being used to gather evidence against violent drug dealers and a right-wing terrorist group.

But when the boy’s life is threatened, Shepherd has no choice but to step in and take the heat.

And while Shepherd’s problems mount up on the job front, he has even greater problems closer to home. His son Liam has fallen foul of the Serbian Mafia and if Shepherd doesn’t intervene, Liam will die.

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Praise for Stephen Leather

‘A master of the thriller genre’
Irish Times

‘As tough as British thrillers get . . . gripping’

Irish Independent

‘The sheer impetus of his story-telling is damned hard to resist’
Sunday Express

Reviews

It is the authenticity of this plot that grasps the imagination and never lets it go
Daily Mail on FIRST RESPONSE
As tough as British thriller writers get
Irish Independent
The sheer impetus of his storytelling is damned hard to resist
Sunday Express
This is one of my favourite thriller series and one that should be more widely recognised for its excellence . . . Leather's fluid prose makes the pages fly by
Deadly Pleasures