"Where Cooper stood was remote and isolated... but the smell that lingered under the trees was of blood." It's been a long, hot summer in England's beautiful Peak District national park. But summer comes to an end when the body of missing teenager Laura Vernon is found. For young police detective Ben Cooper, the work has just begun. His community is hiding a girl's killer, and a past as dark as the Derbyshire night. It seems Laura was the keeper of secrets beyond her years and, in a case where no-one is innocent, everyone is a suspect. But Cooper's local knowledge and instincts are about to face an even greater challenge. The ambitious DC Diane Fry has been transferred from a nearby city, a woman as ruthless as she is attractive... "Dark, intense and utterly compelling", Black Dog is the extraordinary first novel from a writer who has rapidly become one of the UK's most successful crime writers with his best-selling Cooper & Fry series. Black Dog is a winner of the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of the Year, and a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery Novel. DC Ben Cooper was a finalist in the Sherlock Awards for the best detective created by a British author. "Suspenseful and supremely engaging. Booth does a wonderful job." - Los Angeles Times "This is intelligent crime fiction at its best. It was a book I found impossible to put down." - Sherlock Magazine "Simultaneously classic, contemporary and haunting." - Otto Penzler, Mysterious Bookshop, New York "Terrific... an atmospheric, psychological stunner." - The Bookseller magazine "It’s easy to see why Stephen Booth’s novels are so popular. One of our best story tellers." - Sunday Telegraph "One of Britain's best new writers." - Toronto Globe & Mail
Stephen Booth is a multiple award-winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in 13 novels, all 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 reached the finals of 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 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, published in 2013.
A former newspaper journalist, Stephen was born in Lancashire in the North of England and now lives in Nottinghamshire, near Robin Hood Country, with his wife, three cats and one goat.read more