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Publication Order of Spider Shepherd Books

Hard Landing (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soft Target (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Kill (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot Blood (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Men (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Live Fire (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Justice (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Game (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
False Friends (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
True Colours (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Lies (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Ops (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Forces (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light Touch (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tall Order (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Short Range (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slow Burn (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fast Track (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dirty War (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clean Kill (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baltic Black Ops (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Spider Shepherd Short Stories/Novellas

Friendly Fire (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Drop (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Targets (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Zone (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Natural Selection (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warning Order (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hostile Territory (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Diamonds (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Narrow Escape (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Personal Protection (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Short Fuses (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rope (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planning Pack (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remote Control (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sandpit (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moving Targets (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Spider Shepherd Short Stories/Novellas

Hard Targets(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Natural Selection(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Narrow Escape(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warning Order(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hostile Territory(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Personal Protection(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rope(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planning Pack(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friendly Fire(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sandpit(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Drop(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Zone(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Diamonds(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Short Fuses(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remote Control(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moving Targets(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lex Harper Books

Takedown (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plausible Deniability (Short Story) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breakout (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jack Nightingale Books

Nightfall (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightmare (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightshade (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lastnight (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Francisco Night (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New York Night (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tennessee Night (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Orleans Night (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Las Vegas Night (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rio Grande Night (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jack Nightingale Short Stories/Novellas

Cursed (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Still Bleeding (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Bath (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Name Is Lydia (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tracks (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Know Who Did It (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Children of the Dark (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Creeper (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Asylum (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Undead (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doll (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mansion (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wrong Turn (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cards (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Possession (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House on Gable Street (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knock Knock (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Watery Grave (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Claws (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witch Hunt (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Inspector Zhang Books

Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Zhang and the Dead Thai Gangster (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Zhang and the Falling Woman (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Zhang and the Disappearing Drugs (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Zhang and The Perfect Alibi (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Zhang Goes To Harrogate (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Zhang and the Island of the Dead (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Asian Heat Books

Banging Bill's Wife (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Alphabet Game (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pregnant Wife (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Threesome (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mike Cramer Books

The Chinaman (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Shot (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Double Tap (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Matt Standing Books

Last Man Standing (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Standing Alone (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Still Standing (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Richard Yokely Short Stories/Novellas

Rogue Warrior (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chase (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Pay Off (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fireman (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hungry Ghost (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vets (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Birthday Girl (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Solitary Man (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tunnel Rats (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bombmaker (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stretch (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tango One (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eyewitness (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Private Dancer (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreamer's Cat (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Bitten (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Basement (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bestseller (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Take Two (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Response (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penalties (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shout (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bag Carrier (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Runner (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desperate Measures (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunting (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killing Time (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triggers (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Short Fuses (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eight Curious Cases of Inspector Zhang (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightingale - A Short Story Collection (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightingale 2 - A Short Story Collection (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Death Toll(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Toll 2(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Stephen Leather:

Born in 1956, Stephen Leather is one of the most popular and renowned British thriller authors. With a background in journalism, Leather has the knowledge, expertise and experience to write on subjects of international intrigue such as: espionage, terrorism and international crime.

Leather was born in Manchester, England and attended Manchester Grammar School before graduating from Bath University. Contrary to many other writers and journalists who studied writing or communication, Leather graduated from Bath University with a BSc in Biochemistry.

After college, Leather is employed at the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) as a biochemist. While employed at ICI, Leather was exposed to chemicals, incidents and stories that became the plot lines for many of his books. In addition to working as a biochemist, Leather has worked in a quarry, been a baker, a barman and employed as a petrol pump attendant.

After completing a mishmash of jobs, Leather decided to pursue a writing career as a journalist. His career in the journalism industry exposed Leather to many different countries and international incidents. Leather has worked for a variety of newspapers including Glasgow Herald, Daily Mirror, The Times, Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post where he lived in Hong Kong.

Ultimately, Leather’s illustrious writing career began as a student at Bath University; however, he was never able to write more than a few pages at a time. It was not until Leather was a journalist that he began focusing on writing novels. Written in 1988,

Leather’s first novel entitled Pay Off was written while he was an employee at The Daily Mirror. The novels that Leather wrote while he was a journalist are usually centered in the location in which he was working in at the time.

For example, The Fireman, published in 1990 was told from the perspective of a British tabloid journalist who went to Hong Kong to investigate the suspicious suicide of his sister. After working as a journalist for more than 10 years, Leather chose to step away from his career to pursue fiction writing full time.

Since that decision, Leather has gone on to write more twenty novels that have sold millions and millions of copies worldwide. In 2002, Leather’s novel Tango One received the first ever CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Sponsored by the estate of Ian Fleming , this award recognizes the best adventure novel that embodies the spirit and themes represent by James Bond.

Additionally, several of Leather’s novels have received the Best Novel by the International Thriller Writers Inc and The Bookseller magazine has named Leather one of the most influential individuals in the British publishing industry. In addition to being a successful pen to paper author, Leather is one of the most popular and purchased authors in the Amazon Kindle Market.

Leather was able to drive sales by pricing his books at the lowest possible price to attract buyers and surge his novels into the top ten list of most popular eBooks. When not writing novels, Leather can be found writing screenplays for popular television shows.

Leather has written for London’s Burning, The Knock and the Murder in Mind television series. Furthermore, The Stretch and The Bombmaker have been made into television movies that starred two of the UK’s most popular soap opera stars: Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson. Since he began writing in the late eighties, Stephen Leather’s novels focus on crime, terrorism, imprisonment and military service.

Generally each of Leather’s novels are set in London, Europe or Asia. While many of his novels are written as stand alone books, Leather has penned several series that chronicle the adventure’s of a single protagonist. In Leather’s popular “Spider” series of books, he follows Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd a former British Special Air Service soldier who has become an undercover police officer.

Stepping outside of his comfort zone, Shepherd has also written a supernatural detective series, “Jack Nightingale” that is about a former police hostage negotiator and now a private detective. Written in 1988, Pay Off was Leather’s first novel.

After spending hours writing the manuscript at his office typewriter, Leather submitted it on a whim to publisher Harper Collins. The novel was discovered on the “slush pile” at Harper Collins. Essentially, the slush pile is a collection of every manuscript a publishing company has and the copies can be read by anyone from the CEO to a secretary.

Consequently, the chances of a manuscript being read by a person with authority is slim to none; however, Leather’s book fell into the right hands and within four months he was a published author. Telling the story of a wealthy Scottish financier, the protagonist risks his career, family and lover by setting up a drug deal with the IRA. Why risk everything for a drug deal? Revenge for a brutal and unnecessary murder.

As the protagonist tracks a gang ringleader throughout the lush green fields of Scotland to the city streets of London, Leather keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as they wait to find out the outcome. In Leather’s novel Hard Landing his readers are introduced to the protagonist Dan “Spider” Shepherd. In the novel, we learn that Shepherd was a British Special Forces soldier deployed to Afghanistan who had to leave the battlefield after being shot. After recovering Shepherd goes to work as a London police officer before being recruited to an undercover unit.

In Shepherd’s first novel, Hard Landing, heg oes undercover in a maximum security prison to network and form a relationship with a drug king who is operating his business from within the walls of the jail. While in prison, Shepherd’s wife is killed in a tragic traffic accident that leaves him a single father. Each of Leather’s subsequent Shepherd novels discuss the theme of raising a child as a single father while balancing a demanding work schedule.

Since leaving his career as a successful journalist, Stephen Leather has become one of the most popular thriller writers in the UK. As each new novel is published, Leather’s readers spread across the world as his books are receiving increasing international fame. For a page turning thriller, try picking up one of Stephen Leather’s novels and be prepared to be wowed.

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3 Responses to “Stephen Leather”

  1. Anthony Chalres: 3 weeks ago

    Embarrassed to say I only discovered Stephen Leather books fairly recently in the library but am now getting through one a week. They are incredible. I am so impressed. Trouble is they are too popular and always out and I cannot wait so am ordering early ones online now. Amazing story lines and totally believable characters and plots. Well done and thank you Stephen.

  2. Sharyn Simpson: 11 months ago

    I have just finished my first Stephen Leather novel, The Shout. I couldn’t put it down. I am so grateful to my friend for passing this book on, after she finished it. I am now about to download all of Stephen’s novels to my kindle. I may not be available for the next year!

    • Paul Kelly: 6 months ago

      I got hooked on the Jack Reacher books after not reading for 35+ years. I got the bug for reading.
      I was lent a copy of ‘Live Fire’….. It blew me away, the atmosphere, the excitement, the anticipation, the overall story was epic. I had to learn more about “Spider”. I went through them in order, and I picked up the Jack Nightingale books also. One thing for me is there are locations written about in the stories, for example Leman street east London, Clapham North, Wimbledon common, Putney bridge, the bench outside Robert Dyas in Woking on which I have sat and ate my lunch when working in Woking) that I am very familiar with and it adds realism to what I am visualising. There are lots of the books I will read again, but some for me the subject matter can be pretty grim and I won’t read them again.
      And now the Matt Standing character has been introduced, and I am now hooked on those.
      The only issue I have with the Spider Shepherd, Lex Harper, Jack Nightingale and Matt Standing books? I can’t put the damn things down if I am reading for the first time. They are that good.


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