About the book:


Author: Stephen Leather

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; paperback / softcover edition

Publish date: (29 April 2010)

ISBN-10: 1444700642

ISBN-13: 978-1444700640

Pages: 560 eBook pages can be different

Language: English

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers


Jack Nightingale didn’t intend to kill anyone when he woke up on that chilly November morning. He

shaved, showered and dressed, made himself coffee and a bacon sandwich, and at no point did he even

contemplate the taking of a human life, even though he had spent the last five years training to do just

that. As a serving member of the Metropolitan Police’s elite CO19 armed-response unit he was more

than capable of putting a bullet in a man’s head or chest if it was necessary and provided he had been

given the necessary authorisation by a senior officer.

His mobile phone rang just as he was pouring the coffee from his cafetiere. It was the Co-
ordinator of the Metropolitan Police’s negotiating team. ‘Jack, I’ve just had a call from the Duty

Officer at Fulham. They have a person in crisis down at Chelsea Harbour. Can you get there?’

‘No problem,’ said Nightingale. After two courses at the Met’s Bramshill Officer Training

College he was now one of several dozen officers qualified to talk to hostage-takers and potential

suicides in addition to his regular duties.

‘I’m told it’s a jumper on a ledge but that’s all I have. I’m trying to get back up for you but we’ve

got four guys tied up with a domestic in Brixton.’

‘Give me the address,’ said Nightingale, reaching for a pen.

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