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Already Dead by Stephen Booth
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

This is the thirteenth in Booth’s Cooper and Fry series set in the foreboding beauty of the Peak District. Fans won’t be disappointed with this one but I would also beg those who are new to the series to start at the beginning. Jumping in part way through will still give you a hugely enjoyable read, but as this follows straight on from the harrowing and thrilling events of Dead and Buried you should at least read that first! I therefore won’t breathe a further word about the events other than to say that this is British crime writing at its best, dark, mysterious and hugely enjoyable.

If you like Stephen Booth you might also like to read books by Reginald Hill, Peter Robinson and Hilary Bonner.

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Synopsis

Already Dead by Stephen Booth

A summer of endless rain in the Peak District leaves the officers of Derbyshire's CID with a problem. They have discovered a man's body lying in shallow water, but torrential rain has swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible. And that's not all. The absence of DS Ben Cooper, on extended leave after an arson attack, has left a serious gap. DS Diane Fry is a reluctant temporary replacement, but now their makeshift team is about to be tested to the limit. The fatal events of one damp August night are likely to remain shrouded in mystery if they can't track down a car glimpsed only as a dark outline in the rain by a passer-by. As the rain turns into a deluge, loyalties among the officers will be put under intolerable strain as they try to solve their toughest case yet. And that's before it emerges that Ben Cooper is not at home, but has vanished into thin air...

About the Author

Stephen Booth

Born in Lancashire, Stephen Booth has been a newspaper and magazine journalist for 25 years. He has worked as a rugby reporter, a night shift sub-editor on the ‘Scottish Daily Express’ and Production Editor of the ‘Farming Guardian’ magazine, in addition to spells on local newspapers in the North of England. Stephen lives in a Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire with his wife, three cats and three goats.

His debut crime novel ‘Black Dog’ was the first in a series set in the Peak District and featuring young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. ‘Black Dog’ was named as one of the six best crime novels of 2000 by the ‘London Evening Standard’, and Reginald Hill said: “Stephen Booth’s ‘Black Dog’ sinks its teeth into you and doesn’t let you go.”

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

Stephen Booth

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780751551723

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