Nachdem ich schon die komplette Nightinghale-Reihe von Stephen Leather verschlungen habe, machte ich jetzt den ersten Versuch der Spider-Shepherd-Reihe. Es war ganz gut und unterhaltsam. Es kam nicht an Nightinghale heran, doch ich habe mir jedenfalls den Sammelband 2-4 bestellt und entscheide dann weiter. PS : Die Spider Shepherd-Reihe gibt es momentan nur in Englisch.
As usual with Stephen Leather novels there is action from the start but ironically in this case set in a scene of relative normality. This intriguing start is added to, creating a gripping build of tension, making the book a great captivating read. Thoroughly recommend it
...wenn es in Gefängnissen tatsächlich so zugeht, wie beschrieben. Die Parallelgeschichte über die Familie berührend. Spyder Shepherd ein moderner 007 mit Nerven aus Stahl, der es im Familienleben nicht schafft...
Eight men are undertaking the armed robbery of a storage house at Gatwick airport. They intend to steal 24 boxes containing the latest Pentium chips worth nearly a million pounds. But things don't go according to plan: they are surrounded by the police and one policeman is shot. All of them are arrested, charged with attempted murder and armed robbery and brought on remand to Shelton prison, a Category A facility. Among the arrested men there is "Bob McDonald" who is actually Dan Shepherd, member of Superintend Sam Hargrove's undercover unit, who infiltrated the gang of armed robbers. Indeed his arrest will serve the following purpose: at Shelton there is a certain Gerald Carpenter charged with bringing over 800 kilos of heroin to Britain and the police suspect him of running things from behind bars. The police need Shepherd to watch Carpenter closely because a few days earlier Trish Elliot, an undercover drugs officer, was shot and they believe that only Carpenter could afford to have it done. Since there may be a corrupt officer at Shelton, they need Shepherd to sniff out the inside man. This is going to be a perilous mission indeed in spite of Hargrove's assurance that if Shepherd needs to be pulled out, his team will always be there to back him up. Very good suspense.