Hard Landing (A Dan Shepherd Mystery)
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The first book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.
Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. Working for an elite undercover squad he has lied, cheated and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice.
But when a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top security prison, a world where one wrong move will mean certain death.
As Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry, he soon realises that the man he is hunting is even more dangerous than the police realise. And that he is capable of striking outside the prison walls and hitting Shepherd where it hurts most.
Hamilton unlocked the door to the spur and Shepherd walked through. It was association time. Down on the ones four prisoners were playing pool, and there was a card game going on. Shepherd stood at the stairs, looking for Carpenter. No sign of him. He walked back to the bubble and asked to have Jimmy Sharpe’s name and telephone number on his approved list. ‘Who is he?’ asked Lloyd-Davies. ‘Family?’ ‘He’s the cop who took me to Glasgow,’ said Shepherd. ‘Said he might have something to help with
making perfect sense,’ said Carpenter. ‘You’ve just got to listen to what I’m telling you. I have your son. You’ve stitched me up on the outside, you’ve had the Church spirit Roper away, you’ve been trying to put together a case against me in here. The way I see it, it’s up to you to get me out.’ ‘Do I look like I’ve got a set of keys?’ Carpenter rushed at Shepherd and grabbed the front of his shirt. The Polaroid slipped from his fingers and fell to the floor. ‘Don’t get smart, Shepherd. Smart
either.’ ‘This is important, love.’ ‘It’s always important, though, isn’t it? It’s always the big one. The guy who’s got to be put away. And then, once he’s gone, there’s another. And another.’ ‘That’s why it’s important. If they’re allowed to get away with it, what sort of world would it be?’ ‘But it’s always you, isn’t it? It’s always you taking risks. First with the Regiment and now with Hargrove and his have-a-go heroes.’ She leaned across the table. Shepherd could see that she was close
quite place. West Country, maybe, but flattened out from years of living in London. It wasn’t a voice he recognised. The mobile was his personal phone so the only people who had the number were friends, family, and the Church. ‘Who’s that?’ he asked. ‘Someone with your best interests at heart,’ said the man. ‘What did you think of the pictures, then?’ Roper bit down on his lower lip. The call was almost certainly from a throwaway mobile and therefore virtually untraceable. Even with the full
We’re going to have the cells turned over every day for weapons. That’s two. And if the governor thinks Tony Stafford’s lost control of the block, he’ll be moved. That’s three. Any one of those fucks up my life, and I’m not going to stand for it.’ ‘That’d be a threat, would it?’ asked Shepherd. ‘You want to fight me now, do you?’ asked Carpenter. ‘I don’t want to fight anyone. Like I said, I just want out of here.’ Carpenter started mopping again. ‘You carry on like this, they’ll put you in