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A May Bank Holiday in the Peak District is ruined by the tragic drowning of an eight-year-old girl in picturesque Dovedale. For Detective Constable Ben Cooper, a helpless witness to the tragedy, the incident is not only traumatic, but leads him to become ...
A May Bank Holiday in the Peak District is ruined by the tragic drowning of an eight-year-old girl in picturesque Dovedale. For Detective Constable Ben Cooper, a helpless witness to the tragedy, the incident is not only traumatic, but leads him to become involved in the tangled lives of the Nields, the dead girl's family.
As he gets to know them, Cooper begins to suspect that one of them is harbouring a secret - a secret that the whole family might be willing to cover up.
Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry has a journey of her own to make - a journey back to her roots. As she finds herself drawn into an investigation of her own among the inner-city streets of Birmingham, Fry realises there is only one person she can rely on to provide the help she needs.
But that man is Ben Cooper, and he's back in Derbyshire, where his suspicions are leading him towards a shocking discovery on the banks of another Peak District river.
PRAISE FOR THE COOPER AND FRY SERIES:
"Suspenseful and supremely engaging. Booth does a wonderful job." - Los Angeles Times
"Simultaneously classic, contemporary and haunting." - Otto Penzler, Mysterious Bookshop, New York
"Makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter." - Val McDermid, award-winning crime novelist
"Intelligent and substantive crime fiction, rich with complex characters." - Library Journal
"Booth has firmly joined the elite of Britain's top mystery writers." - Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Crime fiction for the thinking man or woman, and damnably hard to put down." - January Magazine
"Highly recommended - a great series!" - Seattle Mystery Books
"Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are the most interesting team to arrive on the mystery scene in a long while." - Rocky Mountain News
"One of our best story tellers." - Sunday Telegraph
"There are few, if any, contemporary writers who do this as well as Stephen Booth." - Arena magazine
"Booth delivers some of the best crime fiction in the UK." - Manchester Evening News
"Booth's aim is to portray the darkness below the surface... in this he succeeds wonderfully well." - Mark Billingham, crime novelist
"If you read only one new crime writer this year, he's your man." - Yorkshire Post
Posted October 13, 2011
In Lost River we find Ben Cooper and Diane Fry in separate locations during much of the novel. Diane returns to Birmingham, apparently to prepare for the trial of the rapists who attacked her previously, yet most of her time there is devoted to family members and descriptions of the population, life style and scenes of the city. Back in Edendale Ben is investigating a questionable drowning, ruled accident. This story line is far more Interesting but strangely convoluted. If you are a fan of the author, you may enjoy the book. If this is your first time to read Stephen Booth, I suggest you read Black Dog.
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Posted March 19, 2014
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