Stephen Leather Books In Order
Publication Order of Mike Cramer Books
Publication Order of Spider Shepherd Books
Publication Order of Spider Shepherd Short Stories
Publication Order of Jack Nightingale Books
Publication Order of Jack Nightingale Short Stories
Publication Order of Bangkok Bob Books
Publication Order of Inspector Zhang Short Stories
Publication Order of Asian Heat Erotic Short Stories
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Publication Order of Short Stories
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
|Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye: True Stories from the Case Files of Warren Olson||(2011)||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.Book Series In Order » Authors »
Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992.
His novel The Chinaman was filmed as The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com