Light Touch

Written by Stephen Leather

Review written by Adam Colclough

Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.


Light Touch
Hodder and Stoughton
RRP: £14.99
Released: July 27 2017
HBK

A deep cover operative goes off grid during an operation to bring down a high level drug dealer. On the streets of London a renegade SAS man is on a personal revenge mission.

MI5 tasks Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd with handling both cases, a tough gig even for someone with his unique skill set. One made even tougher by the realization that Shepherd has as much to fear from some of his colleagues as well as his adversaries.

Recent events have made the opening of this latest Shepherd novel shockingly topical. Even without that, Leather deftly works real life news stories and contemporary fears into his plot to give it added realism.

The action is relentless and rendered in an entirely convincing way. You can almost feel every blow Shepherd lands in the bone crunching ballet of unarmed combat as well as hear the crack of the bullets that pass too close for comfort.

Although his physical capacities render him (in some respects), close to superhuman - Leather never loses sight of the fact that Shepherd is very much made of flesh and blood, and a man driven by his difficult past and wracked by doubts about the future and the value of what he does.

This is a hard as nails British thriller that moves effortlessly through global locations without losing sight of the humanity of its hero.

Well into his career Stephen Leather is proving to be one of the greats of the thriller genre.

 



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