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…
©2010 Stephen Leather (P)2010 Isis Publishing
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A throughly enjoyable listen. As someone familiar with Paddington green and the TSG i can naturally pick faults in the a few factual inaccuracies. However the style of writing leant itself to easily being absorbed and i was able to overlook these faults. The book was very enjoyable, easy to pick up and a fast pace kept it interesting.
The violence in this thriller will not be to everybody's taste particularly as some of the nastiest brutality is met out bu the police. The sub plot is rather boring and is unlikely to happen in real life. I certainly got the impression that Stephen Leather managed to vent all his spleen on the Police Force in this novel; as they are depicted as seriously corrupt and bureaucratic. Narrator does his best.
Brilliant !! This was the second Stephen Leather book that I have listened to, the first being A Solitary Man, which I also thought was excellent, however, Rough Justice was even better.
It is well written, with VERY believable characters, and the multiple plot lines were never confusing. Much of the sentiment expressed will strike a chord with the majority of the population of this country. Well worth five stars !!
"Another gripping tale."
Dan Shepherd, SOCA cop, has appeared in several Stephen Leather books now and the character is becoming fully fleshed out, with his own moral standards and approaches to the villains he encounters. This story contains a couple of extra strands, one of which is that of Shepherd's own family coming under threat from the Father of a boy at his son's school. Despite being SOCA, Shepherd cannot get the authorities to help him, so has to resort to his own, very clever, solution to the problem. However, the end of the book leaves the listener in no doubt that stepping outside the lines can come back to haunt you.
Another gripping Stephen Leather book. I could not stop listening to it because I needed to know what happended next. Paul Thornley adds so much with his brilliant narration, really bringing the characters to life. A highly recommended download.
"Flattered to deceive"
Started well, at a cracking pace and kept the speed up pretty well throughout. But this is essentially a bit shallow, with "Boys Own Heroes" characters and an over simplistic, black-and-white, shoot-em-up philosophy. It's well plotted and all turns out as you'd want it to, but the high degree of repetitive violence can get a bit much at times.
"A Superb Book"
My second Stephen Leather book and the first introduction to the Dan Shepherd character, The book is action pact from start to finish. The author has chosen a topical subject with political views that the listener will tend to agree with. He asks the questions that many people ask on a day to day basis. Where is the country heading. Stephen Leather for PM.
Buy it and perhaps send a copy to your local member of parliament
"thought provoking and exciting"
Stephen Leather is never one to shy away from confronting contraversial issues in his novels. in previous Dan 'Spider' Shepherd books, terrorism has been a regular theme. In this book he looks at the issue of vigilanty cops dealing out their own kind of justice. You get the sense that many of the views that Leather has his charictors state are not to dissimilar from his own.
as with all of his books, the pacing is perfict and multiple story lines are juggled but don't become confusing. Lastly, another great reading by Paul Thornely
yes - having the voices gave a better meaning to the storyline
I actually jumped at a few bits of the book when Paul Thornley shouted! I wouldn't have jumped if I was reading the book!
corruption but not as we know it!
"Well worth a listen"
A very good book. I do enjoy Paul Thonley as a reader, and the combination of his narration along with a very gripping topic makes this a "must". Set in the UK, with events that you could imagine happening. If you are thinking of downloading this, stop thinking and do it - You will not be disappointed
"Obviously written for a future TV adaptation....."
..... but the having come from a TV writing background that can't be a surprise, Spider Shepherd at his rough and ready best. Stephen Leather is so easy to listen to and the storylines put together to keep you interested from the outset.
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