The Kill Call

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On a rain-swept hillside, hounds from the local foxhunt discover the body of a well-dressed man. At that exact moment, an anonymous caller reports the same body . . . lying half a mile away.

It's only the first in a series of baffling clues as Ben Cooper and Diane Fry—partners and rivals on the detective force —plunge into a case involving horses, spectacular wealth, and a mysterious "plague village" where a centuries-old outbreak of Black ...

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Overview

On a rain-swept hillside, hounds from the local foxhunt discover the body of a well-dressed man. At that exact moment, an anonymous caller reports the same body . . . lying half a mile away.

It's only the first in a series of baffling clues as Ben Cooper and Diane Fry—partners and rivals on the detective force —plunge into a case involving horses, spectacular wealth, and a mysterious "plague village" where a centuries-old outbreak of Black Death has been transformed into a modern tourist attraction.

As the spring rain falls and the body count rises, Cooper and Fry's investigation twists back to the recent past. A killer lurks in the shadows there—a killer now hiding in plain sight . . .

Atmospheric and ingenious, packed with suspense and secrets, The Kill Call is an unforgettable thriller from an unforgettable writer.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
“Suspenseful and supremely engaging. Booth does a wonderful job.”
Financial Times
“Clever, intricate . . . Cooper is an ascendant Lewis to Fry’s bitter Morse.”
Rocky Mountain News
“Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are the most interesting crime team to arrive on the mystery scene in a long while.”
The Guardian
“A modern master of rural noir.”
Manchester Evening News
“Booth delivers some of the best crime fiction in the UK.”
Daily Mail (London)
“Booth’s aim is to portray the darkness that lies beneath the surface . . . in this he succeeds wonderfully well.”—
Reginald Hill
“Ingenious plotting and richly atmospheric.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062338983
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Series: Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series , #9
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 443,355
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Booth's thirteen novels featuring Cooper and Fry, all to be published in the U.S. by Witness Impulse, have sold over half a million copies around the world.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    The uneasy relationship between DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper i

    The uneasy relationship between DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper is prevalent throughout this murder mystery, part of the author's continuing series featuring the two protagonists. At first, the body of a well-dressed man found on a moor with his head bashed in seems to be a straightforward police investigation.

    However, the inquiry broadens into a lot more, involving illegal horse slaughter, the conflict from supporters of the hunt and saboteurs opposing that "sport," and a look not only into the 16th century Black Plague which nearly wiped out the local population, including many of Cooper's forebears, but also events that took place during the 1960's. And those that lead to the recent past as well as the present.

    The depth of the look into the personalities of the two protagonists - which of course play a major role in how they go about their investigations - is insightful and penetrating, and they are always given intriguing mysteries to solve their insecurities. These are always well-plotted and read well, and the book is recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    The first few chapters of "The Kill Call" reminded me

    The first few chapters of "The Kill Call" reminded me of the movie "Pulp Fiction". Points of view jumped through decades of time and various narrators. That, coupled with the fact that the book is set in England, with the different terms for things than we have in the US, made the read start a teensy bit slow for me. Then I remembered to turn my Anglophile switch to the 'on' position, and I felt like Dorothy when she landed in Oz...the colors turned on!




    But, imagine if you will, dipping your toe in to test the waters instead of diving right in. It takes a little while to get your whole body in, but once you do, the water is quite enjoyable.




    For me, the most enjoyable thing about the book was Mr. Booth's use of, and obvious skill with, descriptive language. When he talks of underground bunkers, and the damp, dank atmosphere, all my senses were engaged. I could see, hear, feel, smell and taste the setting.




    Another of Booth's strengths is the ability to bring seemingly unrelated strands of many stories and weave them together into a coherent whole.




    The worst thing about the book is that it is part of a series of novels involving the same detectives, Cooper and Fry, and that by crossing "The Kill Call" off my TBR (to be read) list, I now have to add the other 11 books of the series, because I want to read them all. We should all have such bad luck, right?

    (Disclaimer:  I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  Having difficulty with the B&N sign in process in order to leave my name with this review.  Just to let you know, it's LuAnn Braley.)

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