An escaped convict threatens more than the summer tourist trade in the gripping fifth thriller featuring Detectives Fry and Cooper. / 'One Last Breath' was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, the only crime writing prize judged by the public. / Atmospheric, powerful and brooding -- this will be loved by fans of Minette Walters and Peter Robinson. / The only crime series to bring dramatically to life the haunting landscape of the Peak District. / Steve's sales have grown year on year and he now has a large and extremely loyal fan base across the world. / Competition: Ian Rankin, Minette Walters, Reginald Hill, Peter Robinson
Stephen Booth is a journalist. This is his sixth novel in his Peak District series featuring Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.
A serial killer lurks in the caves beneath England's Peak District, and Detective Constable Ben Cooper is out to get him. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for 'One Last Breath': 'One Last Breath underlines Stephen Booth's status as one of our best story-tellers... his skilful plotting makes story-telling look deceptively easy' Sunday Telegraph 'Stephen Booth endows the crime novel with a literary strength that lifts it above the general ruck...he is a crime writer who gives a satisfying read rather than a quick fix' Independent 'The complex relationship between [Cooper and Fry] is excellently drawn, and is combined with an intriguing plot and a real sense of place: Stephen Booth is an author to keep an eye on' Evening Standard Praise for Stephen Booth: 'In this atmospheric debut, Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter' Val McDermid 'Sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go ! A dark star may be born!' Reginald Hill 'A leading light of British crime writing' Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian
British author Booth's fifth crime novel (after Blind to the Bones) is as dark and winding as the labyrinth of caves below its Derbyshire setting. In 1990, Det. Constable Ben Cooper's father arrests Mansell Quinn for the brutal murder of his lover. Thirteen years later, Quinn disappears upon his release from prison, his ex-wife is immediately slain, and another murder soon follows. Convinced they're facing a revenge spree, the police mount a manhunt, probing physical clues and the messy web of relationships that Quinn has not quite left behind. The deeper Cooper and his colleagues probe, the more convinced Cooper becomes that Quinn was innocent of the original crime, a belief that deepens his sense that as the son of the arresting officer, he's personally at risk. Though the pace and focus falter slightly toward the end, this is intelligent, suspenseful reading that should continue to build Booth's U.S. audience. A master of psychological suspense, Booth hauntingly evokes the ambiguities of place and the enduring complexity of human relationships. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.