The Dead Place (Cooper and Fry Crime Series, Book 6)

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9780007172054: The Dead Place (Cooper and Fry Crime Series, Book 6)

Soon there will be a killing. Close your eyes and breathe in the aroma. I can smell it right now, can’t you? So powerful, so sweet. So irresistible. It’s the scent of death.

‘It’s perfectly simple. All you have to do is find the dead place’

The anonymous caller who taunts the Police with talk of an imminent killing could be a hoaxer, his descriptions of death and decomposition a sick fantasy. But Detective Diane Fry is certain she’s dealing with a murderer. The voice – so eerily, shiveringly calm – invites the police to meet the ‘flesh eater’. Fry fears it may already be too late to save the next victim.

DC Ben Cooper, meanwhile, is looking into Derbyshire’s first case of body snatching. The investigation takes him into the dark, secret world of those whose lives revolve around the dead and their disposal – from funeral directors to crematorium staff and a professor whose speciality is the study of death.

Where is the dead place? And what terrible deeds are done there?

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Fine cloth copy in a near-fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Not price-clipped. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 454 pages; Physical description: 454 p. ; 24 cm. Subjects: Police - England - Peak District - Fiction. Cooper, Ben (Fictitious character) - Fiction. Fry, Diane (Fictitious character) - Fiction. Genre: Fiction -- Detective and mystery stories. Reviews: 'A leading light of British crime writing' Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian. 'Best traditional crime novel of the year' Independent, Books of the Year.

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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 Telegraph

Praise 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

‘Best traditional crime novel of the year' Independent, Books of the Year

'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 creates a fine sense of place and atmosphere…the unguessable solution to the crime comes as a real surprise’ Sunday Telegraph

‘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 Standar

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