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The Solitary Man

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  156 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Chris Hutchison is a man on the run. Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Hutch escapes from a British maximum security prison and starts a new life in Hong Kong. Then a ghost from his past catches up with him, forcing him to help a former terrorist break out of a Bangkok prison. Or face life behind bars once more.

Meanwhile the DEA wants to nail the vicious drug warlor
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Difficult to rate this one. It took me about 3 months to read the first 4 chapters, after that it took about 3 days to read the rest. Slow beginning, great, fast paced middle, but the ending seems really abrupt and very unrealistic compared to the rest of the book. Overall an enjoyable read if you can bear with it.
Good local colour but one or two of the characters were distinct sterotypes.
Rachel Amphlett
I've just dug this out to read again - I'd always remembered the way Hutch trained his dogs (and there's no way mine are as well trained!!).

Stephen Leather has created a character that's been on the wrong side of the tracks and who is now trying to live a normal life - until his past catches up with him. I'm not going to give the plot away, but if you like your thriller characters with depth, emotion and mixed in with a lot of action, The Solitary Man is for you.

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Chris Hebditch
It was a long time between this and his last book. Now I shall read another quickly. It raced along, easy to read and enjoyable.
Hutch - the hero - escapes from prison [yawn - he didn't actually commit the crime - yawn - too predictable] and starts a new life in Hong Kong [not anymore buddy!]. He is then used by the to capture/convict a drug warlord responsible for importing drugs into the US of A. Cityscape, jungle, car chases and shoot outs - it has it all.

A standard Leather production that doesn't disappoint.

Zoe Jussel
Leather seems to have a central theme in many of his books; that of a man accused of a crime but not guilty and then spending days, months, years trying to exonerate himself. Often from incarceration. This one was an edge of chair read with many twists and turns. I always find him interesting and knowledgeable, albeit a bit in your face with violent scenes.
Anandh Sundar
Jailbreaks, drugs and triads make exciting copy individually, and when mixed together in an explosive cocktail, really enliven a book. When the protaganist must help a prisoner break out, the book seems action only. But the mix of spying, romance, crime, violence and the ending; all make this an amazing read, playing roller coaster with your emotions.
Forgettable. Began well but drifted. Published in 1997 so I'm assuming the authors only gained in skill.
Darren Keighley
Brilliant read, just finished it.
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Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks - including The Bestsell ...more
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