A Detective Constable Ben Cooper story

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Author: Stephen Booth
Length: 60 page(s)
Written: May 2011
Sales Rank: 9 XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 8816

Category: Fiction & Literature » Mystery & Crime  |  Work: Story / Narration
Keywords: crime fiction, mystery, detective, ben cooper, derbyshire, peak district, wildlife crime, novella,

A stunning landscape, a ruthless conflict... and one police detective

In the wild crags of the Dark Peak moorland, a ruthless conflict has been raging for years. The discovery of an illegal haul from the bedroom of a terraced house is a clue to what might be at stake - perhaps the entire future of one of the most prized landscapes in the Peak District National Park.

For young Derbyshire police detective DC Ben Cooper, an assignment to the Rural Crime Squad means stepping into the middle of the conflict, without being quite sure whose side he's on. The predators come in all shapes and sizes. And in this battle, not all the victims will be human...


CLAWS is a short novella from award-winning British crime writer Stephen Booth, featuring one of his main series characters, Detective Constable Ben Cooper, on assignment to the Derbyshire Rural Crime Squad, tackling the issues of wildlife crime.

"Booth is a modern master of rural noir"
- The Guardian

"One of the elite British mystery writers"
- Washington Times

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

"Booth delivers some of the best crime fiction in the UK"
- Manchester Evening News

Includes an excerpt from the latest novel in the Ben Cooper & Diane Fry series, THE DEVIL'S EDGE.

CLAWS is published in paperback by Five Leaves Publications, and can be ordered from Inpress Books:

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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 eleven 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 DEVIL'S EDGE.

For more information, visit the author's website at

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