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Already Dead (Cooper and Fry Book 13)

Already Dead (Cooper and Fry Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Booth
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Another page-turning thriller from this masterful thriller writer (Choice magazine)

The sense of place he gives his book is palpable (Good Book Guide)

Book Description

The breathtaking new thriller starring DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7YZ33S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Booth is an award winning UK crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in fourteen novels set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. DC Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers' Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for "the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure". The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages. The latest title is THE CORPSE BRIDGE.

A former newspaper journalist, Stephen was born in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley and brought up by the sea in Blackpool. He attended Birmingham City University and worked on local newspapers in in the North and Midlands before his first novel BLACK DOG was published in 2000. He lives in Nottinghamshire.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He just gets better and better 6 Aug 2013
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No hype, no 'Oh bother, I didn't want people to know it was me', here is a real writer, who doesn't need to steal ideas from anyone because - well, they wouldn't be as good for one. He's a writer that you hate because he writes one brilliant book a year and that's your lot. No spoilers, but at the end of the last book.... well, I wanted to just lean over and pick this one up, but I had to wait. It's difficult to be specific without spoiling things, so I can't be, but being in a position to know exactly how one of the characters thinks and behaves through personal experience made me go through such a whirlpool of emotions. One thought being, 'how did this person reach into my head and pull out all those thoughts? Having done that, how did he put them into someone else's head and THEN make that character behave in exactly the way he would? Describing another person's mental anguish so compassionately makes you think that as well as being the best detective writer bar none writing at the moment, with not a single word wasted, not a single sentence out of the buy one get two free box, this man has an EQ that must be off the chart. Please don't buy it unless you've read all the others. Do yourself a favour, Go onto amazon, buy the whole lot, then unplug the phone, bar the door, draw the curtains and walk into another world. You won't regret it. You'll see how a writer hones his craft without taking any short cuts. 2014 can't come soon enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as ever 14 July 2013
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Stephen Booth is definitely one of the best crime novelist that Britain has produced. I enjoy reading about the Peak district as I lived around the area for a while. The story line is good and the main characters, Cooper and Fry are strong. Keep up the good work Mr.Booth and am looking forward to your next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already Dead - Already Finished 17 Sep 2013
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Stephen Booth's novels are always an eagerly anticipated event for me, but more so this time as so much was left unresolved in the previous book. Obviously Ben cooper was always going to pull through, we expected no less. But now damaged both physically and mentally, the sea-change in Cooper's normally placid, no-frills character while coming to terms with his injuries and personal loss, adds an edgy new layer to this compelling series. Diane Fry's demeanour continues to curdle in direct proportion to the copious amounts of rain falling on Derbyshire, while Gavin Murfin provides some brilliant comedy moments. I can't imagine any other writer taking the death of an insurance claims adjuster and turning it into such a dark piece of quasi-tragic theatre. Now comes the long wait until the next one. Sigh...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Journeys Through Hell 3 July 2013
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Both Diane Fry and Ben Cooper find themselves in their own personal versions of hell. Diane Fry, finds herself back with Derbyshire CID, having thought she had escaped from the Eden Valley and once again, feels out of place and isolated from her colleages and Derbyshire in general - oh, how she longs to live in the centre of Birmingham. Ben Cooper meanwhile is struggling to cope with the aftermath of horrific ending to Dead & Buried. Ben on long term sick leave finds himself on the periphery of a murder/insurance fraud investigation, much to the annoyance of Diane Fry especially as the case is solved from intelligence provided from Cooper. The love/hate, chalk/cheese relationship between Fry & Cooper is tested once more and I have to ask, where is Stephen Booth going to take us and them next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Booth Never Disappoints 3 May 2014
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The latest installment of the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry series finds Ben still reeling from his near death experience in the last book which left his fiancée dead. In his absence, Diane is back at Derbyshire to solve the murder of what might be a drowning victim. While clues lead her team to conclude the death was no accident, the reader follows Ben on his personal vendetta to make those responsible for Liz’s death pay. His dreams and flashbacks torment him as he faces the realization that it may be left up to him to seek the justice they deserve. In a bit of irony, Ben appears to turn into Diane as his experience has left him a shell of a person lacking empathy while Diane is surprisingly morphing into a person who is actually conjuring up feelings. As usual, Booth doesn’t disappoint in yet another episode rich in atmosphere.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Booth scales the Peak again! 30 Jun 2013
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'Already Dead' is the thirteenth full-length novel in the series following the career of country lad Ben Cooper and troubled city girl Diane Fry, both now sergeants in Derbyshire CID. As ever, the setting is Derbyshire's glorious Peak District, a landscape in which Cooper is totally (and literally!) at home, but which Fry, an incomer from the urban West Midlands, hates with a passion.

The book begins with the aftermath of the concluding drama of its predecessor, the excellent 'Dead and Buried'. Cooper is on extended sick leave following injuries sustained in the arson attack on a derelict moorland hostelry, in which his fiancée died. It's clear that his injuries go much deeper than the merely physical; his behaviour is uncharacteristic and at times bizarre, and his colleagues are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Meanwhile, Fry has - to her disgust - been seconded from East Midlands Special Operations Unit to cover Cooper's absence from Edenvale Divisional CID. Frustrated by the lack of `proper' crime to exercise her talents and resentful at the unfairness of her current situation, even the discovery of a body in a remote woodland stream fails to arouse any real enthusiasm; there is no clear evidence of murder and Fry is increasingly inclined to dismiss the death as suicide. But is it?

To reveal more of the plot might prejudice the pleasure of future readers, but as is usual in Stephen Booth's novels, the progress of the investigation is far from straightforward. The tangled threads are slowly unravelled, and clues are distributed with scrupulous fairness but, as with much of the best crime fiction, this is no mere `whodunit' - the reader is also challenged to discover why the sequence of events occurred.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much padding
I thought this very poor too much regurgitating his previous book. Have always liked Booth but wiil have to do much better to keep me interested.
Published 6 days ago by Chistine M Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a joy to read
Published 6 days ago by HOWARD PENNINGTON
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Crime storyline poor, police officers personal storyline good.
Published 7 days ago by L. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Derbyshire crime series.
If you have never read the Cooper and Fry series I wouldn't think this is the first to read as it depends on you having read the one immediately before it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by babs
3.0 out of 5 stars but a good finish. I think others in the series have ...
Took a while to get going, but a good finish. I think others in the series have been better.
Published 13 days ago by Aude Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good story love cooper and fry together and the friction between them look forward to next book
Published 1 month ago by janet dermidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
Very exciting book again probably biased as the area covered was my home territory! Cannot wait for the next one although it will have to be a paperback.
Published 1 month ago by rosalind clack
1.0 out of 5 stars I thought I bought a detective novel
At times I thought I was reading a Derbyshire Tourist Board travel brochure and then a detailed analysis of insurance fraud. Far too much padding
Published 1 month ago by Derek N Goddard
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, Cooper and Fry are back to square one - again
There's a lot I like about Stephen Booth's books (except his travel book rendition of his Derbyshire visits), although none of his subsequent ones ever came close to his first book... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Konstanze Allsopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Booth
A fitting book to be carrying on the series. The themes of the Cooper/Fry tales are dark, but entirely believable.
Published 5 months ago by midge
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