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.