The Dead Place (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 6) by Stephen BoothThe Dead Place (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 6) by Stephen Booth

The Dead Place (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 6)

byStephen Booth

Paperback | February 5, 2007

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Bones where there should be none and a chilling warning of an imminent killing challenge Detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry in their sixth novel."This death will be a model of perfection. The details will be precise, the conception immaculate, the execution flawless."When a caller taunts the police with talk of a 'dead place' and the threat of an imminent killing, most think it's a sick hoax. But Detective Diane Fry is sure there's a murderer at work. And when the voice calmly invites them to meet the 'flesh eater', Fry fears it may be too late. Meanwhile, her colleague DC Ben Cooper is investigating Derbyshire's first case of body snatching, entering the macabre world of those whose lives revolve around the deceased and their disposal.But does an obsession with death make for a killer? And what horrors will greet them when they finally find the dead place?
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. 'The Dead Pl...
Title:The Dead Place (cooper And Fry Crime Series, Book 6)Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pagesPublished:February 5, 2007Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007172087

ISBN - 13:9780007172085


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 'The Dead Place':'A dark Derbyshire mystery.not for the squeamish' Daily Mail'A thoroughly enjoyable book from one of Britain's best crime writers' Sunday TelegraphPraise for Stephen Booth:'A leading light of British crime writing' Guardian'Endows the traditional crime story with a literary strength that lifts it above the general ruck. He gives a satisfying read rather than a quick fix' Independent'Stephen Booth is an author to keep an eye on' Evening Standard'In this atmospheric debut, Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter' Val McDermid'Black Dog sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go . A dark star may be born!' Reginald Hill