I originally wrote it as a two-part drama for Sky, starring Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson, the former Eastenders soap stars. It's about a gangster's wife, Sam Greene, played by Anita, who has to take over her husband's criminal empire when he gets sent to prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. It looks great on film, and when I showed the scripts to my editor at Hodder and Stoughton, Jon Wood, he was very enthusiastic about its prospects as a book. Jon edited The Bombmaker and he did a sterling job helping me get The Stretch into shape as a novel, and it was quite a blow when he announced in July that he was leaving to work for a rival publisher, Orion.
It was line-edited by Sarah Binnersley who also worked on The Chinaman and TheTunnel Rats and who in my humble opinion is one of the best in the business.
We were up against a tight deadline to get the book finished, as we wanted its publication to coincide with the broadcasting of the series on Sky One. I'm well pleased with the result, and I think the dialogue in the book is the best I've ever written. In some ways it was an easy book to write because I'd already seen many of the scenes being filmed, and it was easy to picture the characters having seen Anita and Leslie play the roles.
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The fingerprints on the murder weapon point to a well-known house-breaker. And his bite marks are New York is a city full of strangers. For NYPD detectives Turner and Marcinko, none are harder to figure out than the serial killer on the loose torturing and killing young women.
In fact, right now, somewhere in the city, a woman is being held capti An exciting short story, part of the Jack Nightingale series by bestselling author Stephen Leather - thrillers with an occult twist. Jack Nightingale - lives in the shadows, fights in the dark. Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dea The eighth book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series. Kidnapping is one of the cruellest crimes - lives are put at risk for cold, hard cash.
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But how else can the poli Would you kill to write a bestseller? Lecturer Dudley Grose is convinced that Slater is a psychopath and means what he says.
But the The inscrutable Inspector Zhang of the Singapore Police Force is Bangkok-bound on a passenger jet when a passenger is found dead in the first class cabin. But who killed him, and why? It's up to Inspector Zhang and his assistant, Sergeant Lee, to sol Inspector Zhang of the Singapore Police Force is called in when a huge consignment of narcotics vanishes from under the nose of Drugs Squad detectives.
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But what seems to be a simple case of suicide soon becomes a much more complicated affair and one that will test his detective ski Inspector Zhang loves mysteries, but as a Detective Inspector with the Singapore Police Force he knows that mysteries are few and far between.
There are relatively few crimes in the city state and those that are committed are usually solved quickly. A science fiction murder mystery set in a future world where virtual reality is a way of life. The hero is a Dreamer, a one-in-a-million talent who lays down psi-discs for the Cerebral Broadcasting Corporation.
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