Stephen Leather

Books by Stephen Leather

Slow Burn

Spider Shepherd is taxed with bringing a former jihadists wife and son back to the UK as the price for his cooperation with the security services but, as ever, there are added complications.

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Linda Wilson

The Runner

Sally Page runs for a hobby, and as her job for MI5 is only at the very bottom of the tree, nowhere near the front line, she never expected to have to run for her life. But when she comes back from a coffee run to find several of her colleagues dead, that’s exactly when she has to do.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

Last Man Standing

SAS trooper Matt Standing receives a plea for help from the sister of someone who once saved his life, and Standing isn’t someone who can turn down a friend in need.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Linda Wilson

Tall Order

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd puts his extraordinary memory to the test when he’s tasked with the search for the terrorists behind a suicide bombing at a football stadium.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Shout

After being badly injured on the job, firefighter Vicky Lewis is shunted into what she sees as a dull desk job, but she quickly learns that the Fire Investigation Unit isn’t quite the dead-end job she’d expected.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Linda Wilson

Light Touch

Spider Shepherd is sent undercover to report on whether another operative from a different agency, also working undercover, has gone rogue. In addition, he’s dragged into the hunt for a possible rogue SAS soldier.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Linda Wilson


Hitman Lex Harper is contracted by former MI5 operative Charlotte Button to take out a former special forces soldier who has thrown his lot in with Islamic terrorists and is intending a high-profile attack on British soil.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Linda Wilson

Dark Forces

Spider Shepherd has to infiltrate a dangerous criminal organisation as well as help to counter attacks by IS terrorists.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Linda Wilson

Black Ops

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd goes undercover again, this time posing as an assassin willing to take on a contract to assassinate the Russian president.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Linda Wilson

White Lies

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is in big trouble. A rescue mission goes horribly wrong and he ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda. But fortunately for Spider, his M15 controller Charlotte Button is a woman who doesn’t always feel bound to follow the rules.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

True Colours

Spider Shepherd is undercover again, this time as a close personal protection advisor to a Russian oligarch whose friends who are being targeted by a sniper. It’s Spider’s job to advice on security, but he’s also considering some extra-curricular activity of a type his employers would very much frown on.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson