Tall Or­der Stephen Leather

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - BOOKS - MYLES McWEENEY

Top MI5 op­er­a­tive Dan ‘Spi­der’ Shep­herd has been side­lined, and he’s now been sec­onded to Lon­don’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice as an op­er­a­tive in their Su­per Recog­niser Unit be­cause of his pho­to­graphic mem­ory.

He hates be­ing desk-bound, so when his former boss asks him to take on an off-the-record re­venge mis­sion in the wake of a sui­cide bomb­ing at a foot­ball ground, he agrees.

Back in the field he finds him­self in pur­suit of a mys­tery man code-named Sal­adin, who was be­hind a ter­ror­ist at­tack on an Amer­i­can air­line a decade ago and the foot­ball ground sui­cide bomb­ing — and is now plan­ning a wave of terror in Bri­tain.

Leather’s lat­est highly en­ter­tain­ing Spi­der Shep­herd ac­tion-all-the-way ad­ven­ture reads like an edge-of-the-seat film script.

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