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Publisher's Summary

When career criminal Terry Greene is sentenced to life for a murder he didn't commit, his wife has two choices: to walk away from the criminal empire he'd built up, or to take it over - to become as big a gangster as her husband.

So far as Samantha "Sam" Greene is concerned, there is no choice. All the family's assets are tied up in the business, and the family means more to her than anything else. But being a gangland boss doesn't come easily to Sam - other criminals are trying to take over her husband's empire and she's not sure which of his friends she can trust.

As she is drawn into a world of drug-dealing and counterfeit money, she realises for the first time the extent of her husband's activities. And she has two questions to answer - can she get her husband out of prison? And should she?

©2000 Stephen Leather (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Kirsty
  • 11-04-2015

Of its time...

Good book but written decades ago?
Wish audible would note when books were first published as well as when they are released in audio format
Would manage expectations

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  • jacwills
  • 15-07-2014

Great twist for the end.

As a devotee of other narrators of Stephen's books, I read this with some scepticism but should not have worried. The story is from a feminine perspective so made sense to have a woman's voice. Good pace story, moves along well (as one would expect) and a great end. I love his books and was not disappointed!

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  • M. J. Nicholas
  • 14-03-2016

Accents...... Oh dear

Typical Stephen Leather, engaging plot, great story. I am however somewhat surprised that the producer didn't say "nice reading voice but drop the accents" her Glaswegian, Irish, Kosovan, West Indian and even south London were dreadful to point of being laughable.

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  • alexander
  • 16-07-2017

a very clever story with s twist

one of those stories that are very hard to put down
an author to remember..

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  • Alec
  • 07-07-2017

Great story

This was a great story which kept me on tenterhooks all the way through. I was hardly able to put my phone away. That said I was disappointed with the narrator. The main character was portrayed perfectly, most of the lead characters were cool too. However where accents were used the narrator failed badly and I'm surprised they were passed. Great book that needs to be redone!!

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  • johnbalfour2000
  • 30-09-2021

female narater, a big mistake.

female voice range, not suitable for such a macho story!!! nothing else to comment!! enough said!

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  • Angel-A
  • 22-06-2021

Predictable

Same same old boring story.
Married man ends up in jail, faithful wife helps get him out. Deals in drugs, a few Russians and Irish bla bla. Wife finds out hubby has secret child and betrays him.
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  • Jeremy Hale
  • 13-11-2019

Shocking Narration!!!

A great story absolutely ruined by Diana Quicks use of accents.
Thanks goodness for Paul Thornley

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  • Nick
  • 16-08-2018

Dubious accents

I very much enjoyed the story as I have done with many of Stephen Leathers books but unfortunately the narrator couldn’t do it justice.
Some of the accents were almost comical

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  • Steve-O
  • 29-12-2017

If you like Leather you won’t be disappointed

A great ‘listen’, typical leather, not his best book but that bar is high! Well narrated and would definitely recommend adding to your wish list

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