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Claws [Paperback]

Stephen Booth
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Mar 2011
Derbyshire Police Detective DC Ben Cooper is on assignment to the Rural Crime Squad to investigate wildlife crime. On the wild Peak District moorlands, Cooper steps into the middle of a conflict that has been raging for years over one of the most prized landscapes in the National Park. Many lives are at stake. And, in this battle, not all the victims are human.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crime Express; 2nd edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869082
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Booth is an award winning UK crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in thirteen 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 ALREADY DEAD, with a new book THE CORPSE BRIDGE published in June 2014.

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.

Visit the author's website at: http://www.stephen-booth.com

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Review

There are few, if any, contemporary writers who do this as well as Stephen Booth --Arena

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Booth's "Claws" - Express Series 1 Jan 2008
By S. Lloyd VINE VOICE
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This is the second in the Crime Express Series and great for quick reads and easy to put in your pocket to while a way a short time.
This was up to Booth's normal high standard of writing. It features Ben Cooper who has transferred to the Rural Crime Team. The plot covers one that is unusual and is an issue that needs to be considered and dealt with. This was a satisfying read bearing in mind this is a short story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked Claws by Stephen Booth 19 April 2008
Format:Paperback
I liked Claws by Stephen Booth. This was a different offering from Stephen in so far as we didn't encounter Diane Fry in this story. Tracey Udall who was featured in Blind to the Bones worked on this particular case with Cooper and as I read I got the feeling that Tracey is a 'lonely' character and this is my opinion that Udall looked towards Cooper for support.

As many readers of Stephen's novels featuring Cooper and Fry know that Stephen is excellent at description and in this short story this was evident in describing the illegal haul. The descriptions of the moorland where Cooper found himself was excellent and on the moorland where it was cold you could feel the effects of the weather as you read.

Only 96 pages in Claws but very interesting never the less and I don't think it will be too long before Cooper and Fry are together again.

As I read I wonder in my mind what Cooper looks like and I think that Fry does have a soft spot for Ben even though she is a tough cop.

In Claws I found that Udall also likes Ben, it would be very interesting to see Udall and Fry with Cooper in a future novel, I wonder if Ben could cope with that, the only person who would know the answer to that is Stephen and because he is a great writer I don't think it will be too long before the reader will get the answers. Well done Stephen and all the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual High Standard 26 Sep 2013
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I have yet to read a poor Stephen Booth book. The Derbyshire countryside description all help to create the atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice taster 22 Nov 2013
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Leaves you wanting to read more of his stuff. Lovely twist at the end. Read more of this author and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars booth 14 Sep 2013
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I like Stephen booth as he writes at a pace and the stories are all different I like the Ben Cooper books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Booth Great Story Teller 9 May 2013
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Well researched and written. I particularly enjoy the sections which describe place and buildings I have knowledge of. This coupled with the plot are quite disconcerting...............but I love it. Keep up the good work. I am always ready for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 19 Feb 2013
By Tomas
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Another great Stephen Booth book. Short, gripping and well written story but would not expect anything different. As always, very enjoyable. One of my favourite writers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Claws by Stephen Booth 4 Jan 2013
By A. B
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Hi another good book by Stephen Booth "Claws " followers of his Ben Cooper series of books will like this book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Claws (Ben Cooper)
'purchased' this book whilst on offer [£free, down from £0.99]. A short novel and a good read. If you have an interest in birds, particularly raptors, this book will be of interest... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT QUITE SURE WHY STEPHEN BOTHERED
I LOVE THE FRY AND COOPER CRIME SERIES, I KNEW THAT COOPER WAS ALONE IN THIS ONE, BUT AT THE END I JUST WONDERED WHY HE BOTHERED, IT IS QUITE SHORT AND DOESN'T SEEM TO FIT IN WITH... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. G. Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough meat
Reading this book on the Kindle I was aghast to discover that I was 75% into the book and there was no substance to the plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by debs
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read. Enjoyed the twists in the story. Could not put it down once I got into it. Great
Published 2 months ago by Daisy
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub standard
Not what I have grown to expect from Stephen Booth, I accept that writers need to explore new areas but I did not really enjoy this book.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Peter Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short, not well written, no real ending
This book started quite well but after the murder, nothing much happened. Themurder was not solved. The story just petered out without any ending.
Published 2 months ago by John Smart
4.0 out of 5 stars First kindle book
Have not fully read yet but typical Stephen Booth crime novel in the Derbyshire dales featuring Ben cooper as the detective.
Published 2 months ago by Ian Aldred
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Cooper tale
Really short story with Cooper on rural duty. Not part of the usual series, more bolt on, but interesting never the less.
Published 2 months ago by RicR
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable novella
This is a good short crime story, featuring one of Booth's main characters, DC Ben Cooper, who has been assigned to the rural crime team temporarily. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. V. Clarke
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his other books
I was very disappointed in this book by Stephen Booth. I hgave read all his other books and expected more from it.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs G Fowler
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