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
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.
"Like a children's story with violence"
The writing in this story is extremely pedestrian and boring with no literary flair whatsoever, consequently it comes across as a teaching someone to read text. The author obviously hasn't heard of any reporting verbs except 'said'. The story itself has no plot twists or intrigue, it merely fizzles out at the end. It tries to open up moral questions of retribution but as it doesn't explore them properly, the morals within the book come across as very suspect.
I will stick to more well known authors and not take chances on unknowns.
The performance was obviously hampered by the material he had to work with but he he put nothing extra into it and so failed to relieve any of the boredom of listening to this story.
I was very disappointed, I did listen to the end in the hope it would get better or suddenly the story would surprise me, but sadly it continued boring and predictable right to the bitter end.
If you like crime novels with intrigue, a puzzle, a story that keeps you guessing or interesting and imaginative prose, don't buy this book- you won't find any of that here!
"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
"another great story true to life in UK"
what most people really think of the reality of life in UK and the soft way police are held back when fighting crime.
What is there to say? This is an exceptional thriller with heart, humour and complexity. I have loved every Stephen Leather book I have read but this one is really the creme da la creme. The genius of Mr Leather is how he turns a massively intricate set of storylines into a massively readable and gripping novel. The reader has to do none of the heavy lifting but still he leaves room for second guessing the outcome. And there are huge amounts moral ambiguity. The Albanian torture scene had me laughing out loud at its sheer relentless cruel prose - and I never laugh out loud. Thank you Mr Leather. And thank you Paul Thornley for unbeatable narration, you make every sentence sing.
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