Dead in the Dark

Dead in the Dark

Book - 2017
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Master crime writer Stephen Booth ventures into the Peak District's dark subterranean world for a brand new, stunning and gasp-inducing Cooper & Fry thriller.

Publisher: London : Sphere, c2017
ISBN: 9780751567588
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BOO
Characteristics: 390 p. ;,24 cm.

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Oct 07, 2017

This time Ben is searching for a missing body in the abandoned mining area in the Peaks District. Booth masks his clues of "who done it" with indepth description and past use of the area - the dales, the minors, the abandoned zig zag tunnels they dug, the air shafts, the hidden drop down holes. The secondary story line follows an investigation carried out by Diane Fry. That storyline involves Booth giving much space about the growing anti-immigrant feelings in nearby communities towards East European immigration, particularly from Poland, and a mention about Brexit. I wondered how much of that description was factual reporting of a current situation - certainly seemed dire. In this novel, Ben seems to have settled into a routine with a new love interest; Fry only appears in connection with the case she is working on; Angie, Fry's sister, gets just a few sentences in passing; Matt, Ben's brother, has difficulty dealing with a family health issue so he gets a few pages when Ben drops in for a visit. The focus of this novel is on solving the cases the two detectives are working on, not so much about the details of their personal lives. So this book could be a stand alone novel in Booth's Ben Cooper series.

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