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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crime Express; 2nd edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869082
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 in the series is THE CORPSE BRIDGE. Stephen is also the author of a standalone crime novel TOP HARD.

A former newspaper journalist, Stephen Booth 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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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 By Suzan VINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2008
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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 By Andy Capp on 19 April 2008
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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 By Dipsy woman on 26 Sept. 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 By Mr. John Bartlett on 5 Jan. 2012
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Stephen Booth is probably my favorite writer, I love the atmosphere and characters that he creates.
In this short story we meet Ben Cooper again on an slightly unusual case. However, probably due to the shortness of the book, the atmosphere doesn't seem to happen. It could just be me, so if you are a Stephen Booth fan, then you should read it but remember that it is a fairly short story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose Thurman on 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 By Deanne Fenton on 14 Sept. 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 By Mr. J. D. Brown on 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 By Tomas on 19 Feb. 2013
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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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