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The Devil's Edge
     

The Devil's Edge

3.8 11
by Stephen Booth
 

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In the heart of summer, in the dead of night, something wakes you. The house is quiet. The children are sleeping. The kitchen is empty.
Except for the body on the floor.

A series of brutal home invasions is terrorizing the Peak District. Until now, the burglars haven't left a clue. This time, they've left a corpse. But as the death toll rises, two intrepid

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In the heart of summer, in the dead of night, something wakes you. The house is quiet. The children are sleeping. The kitchen is empty.
Except for the body on the floor.

A series of brutal home invasions is terrorizing the Peak District. Until now, the burglars haven't left a clue. This time, they've left a corpse. But as the death toll rises, two intrepid cops begin to suspect that the robberies - and the murders - are not what they seem. Beneath the scorching summer sun, a dangerous game is in play . . . and a merciless killer is hiding in plain sight.

Packed with twists, suspense, and danger, The Devil's Edge is a gripping thriller to rival the very best of Peter Robinson and Peter James.

PRAISE FOR STEPHEN BOOTH

'A modern master' Guardian

'Wonderful' Daily Mail

'One of our best storytellers' Sunday Telegraph

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Booth’s accomplished 11th novel featuring Det. Sgt. Ben Cooper and Det. Sgt. Diane Fry (after 2010’s Lost River), a gang of burglars dubbed “the Savages” by the media has been robbing homes in the rural Peak District, using violence when necessary to get in and out quickly. An attack at an expensive house in Riddings that kills Zoe Barron and leaves husband Jake with serious head injuries ups the stakes. When interviews with the few scattered neighbors reveal surprising animosities and disagreements, Cooper begins to suspect the attack on the Barrons wasn’t a typical home invasion, though his superiors disagree. Meanwhile, fears that edgy residents might take matters into their own hands prove true and involve Cooper’s brother, Matt. Besides rendering Cooper and Fry as fully realized characters, Booth makes even minor characters as distinct and sharp as the jagged rocks of the Riddings Edge. Agent: Teresa Chris, Teresa Chris Literary. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
Besides rendering Cooper and Fry as fully realized characters, Booth makes even minor characters as distinct and sharp as the jagged rocks of the Riddings Edge.—PW on The Devil's Edge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780751545647
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series , #11
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.87(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Booth is the internationally bestselling, CWA Dagger-winning author of twelve acclaimed thrillers featuring Cooper and Fry. The series is in development as a TV programme. Booth lives in Nottingham.

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The Devil's Edge 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Devil’s Edge is a fairly insular world, defined, geographically at least, by the cliff edges which surround it. This book is, in a similar way, equally circumscribed. As the reader is told on the opening page, “It was one of the drawbacks of living in the countryside. Too much of the outside world intruding. Too many things it was impossible to keep out.” In this novel, the outside world, and the aspects of it one would most like to keep out, intrudes in the worst way. On the eastern fringe of the Peak District, in the village of Riddings, in rural Derbyshire, there has been a rash of break-ins. The burglars have been dubbed The Savages by the press. The newest incidents escalate the anxiety when they suddenly turn deadly. The author speaks of the residents having sought sanctuary in the rural haven, noting, however, that “everyone had monsters in their lives.” Suspicion turns from looking for an outside group of burglars to someone from within the community, targeting the victims, for reasons far more personal. Recently promoted D.S. Ben Cooper is assigned the investigation. He, particularly, believes it is not the work of The Savages, being much more meticulously planned and leaving no trace of the culprit[s]. D.S. Diane Fry, formerly with the West Midlands Police “in the days before she transferred to yokel land,” is brought back into the squad to take over the investigation after an almost unimaginable turn of events changes Ben Cooper’s life forever. Despite the past ambivalence of their relationship, where they were both vying for the same promotion, their usually well-concealed respect for each other is here on display. The author’s descriptions bring the land to palpable life, e.g., “the distant rocky outcrops seemed to change shape. They slid slowly sideways, merged and divided, their outlines shifting from smooth to jagged to a distinctive silhouette. It was all the effect of altering angle and perspective. With each step, a transformation took place in the landscape, a gradual reveal like the slow drawing aside of a curtain. At a point halfway across the flats, a split rock he hadn’t noticed before came into view. As it emerged from behind a larger boulder, its two halves slowly parted and turned, like the hands of a clock creeping past noon.” Simply gorgeous. [The landscape, and the writing, that is.] Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great series.
Anonymous 19 days ago
One of the best books in the series. On to the next one!
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Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
unpleasant cast unpleasant situations and unpleasant peoole leaves you with an unpleasant book if a fast food would be uneatable unless starving