One Last Breath (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 5) by Stephen BoothOne Last Breath (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 5) by Stephen Booth

One Last Breath (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 5)

byStephen Booth

Paperback | May 5, 2005

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An escaped convict threatens more than the summer tourist trade in the gripping fifth thriller featuring Detectives Fry and Cooper.'Today was the day Detective Constable Ben Cooper was supposed to have died. For practical purposes, he was already dead.'Fourteen years ago Mansell Quinn was jailed for murdering his mistress. Now he has escaped and is on the run, hiding amongst the Peak District's many summer tourists. When Quinn's ex-wife is found dead, DC Cooper and his tough boss DS Fry suspect it is only a matter of time before another victim is found. And Cooper - as the son of Quinn's arresting officer - is high on the list.As they desperately search the case files for clues and the death toll rises, darker possibilities emerge. Are the killings the work of a deranged killer who cannot be found - or a desperate man, wrongly convicted?
Stephen Booth was born in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley and has remained rooted to the Pennines during his career as a newspaper journalist. He lives with his wife Lesley in a former Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire and his interests include folklore, the Internet and walking in the hills of the Peak District. 'One Last Br...
Title:One Last Breath (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 5)Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 0.05 inPublished:May 5, 2005Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007172044

ISBN - 13:9780007172047


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too many coincidences! Scared to Live by Stephen Booth, 2006, 230 pages. I’m not sure that I like crime novels where two crimes in a small town turn out not merely to be related, but to connect with international criminal rings. It stretches my ability to believe in the story that I’m reading; my imagination does not keep up with the tale being presented to me. In this instance, Stephen Booth’s book did not flow in a way that I liked, rather it felt staged and each new step felt laboriously constructed. Scared to Live involves two major crimes: what seems like a professional killing of a reclusive middle-aged woman in a home that resembled a fortress, and a house set alight deliberately, and in which smoke inhalation killed a woman and two of her children. The subplots involve a Bulgarian police officer, human smuggling, a mentally ill character non-compliant with his meds, and a baby of uncertain origins. What might feel like a filled-out story in the hands of other writers seemed here like too much plot for one book, and although it was difficult for the police officers to ferret out the truth, it was also hard for me to follow too many strings through a long maze of pages. All this, yet I will not say that I disliked the novel. Until the insane web of coincidences descended on the story, I was enjoying the book, especially the depiction of Ben Cooper, the detective with country roots, an exceptionally three-dimensional character whom Booth has painted well. Booth also handled skillfully the mentally-ill character, showing a compassion and understanding of psychosis and hallucinations that is rare in novels. It’s not a book I would rush to recommend, but those who like complicated thrillers would probably enjoy it very much. I like crime novels that are simpler in their plotting, which is why I read Stephen Booth rarely. This book was not a bad read, but it isn’t memorable either.
Date published: 2012-09-29

Editorial Reviews

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 StandardPraise 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