by Stephen Booth

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

On the wild moors of England's Dark Peak, a 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 - not only the fate of local wildlife, but perhaps the entire future of one of the most prized landscapes in the Peak District National Park.

Derbyshire police detective DC Ben Cooper, on assignment to the Rural Crime Squad, finds himself 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 are human...

CLAWS is a short novella from award-winning British crime writer Stephen Booth, author of thirteen novels in the Cooper & Fry series, all set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District. At around 15,000 words, the story features one of the author's popular series characters, Detective Constable Ben Cooper, tackling the issues of wildlife crime.

The ebook includes an excerpt from the first novel in the Cooper & Fry series, BLACK DOG.

"One of the elite British mystery writers" - Washington Times
"Booth is a modern master of rural noir" - The Guardian
"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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011317781
Publisher: Stephen Booth
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 451,884
File size: 137 KB

About the Author

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.

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Claws 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy his novels, but this story was too brief to be well developed! by aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It about bird poaching and maybe about Bens charcter. Only 50 pages.
NewNooker32 More than 1 year ago
Stephen Booth is an excellent writer (Black Dog) - well balanced, and great plots. An obvious nature enthusiast, his knowledge and research adds to the reader knowledge which I like. Gave one star less because of the author's method of ending this particular story, which in no way will I reveal.
nicx27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great little book (80 pages). I haven't read any Stephen Booth novels before, but will now definitely consider reading his full length work. This book is about DC Ben Cooper, who features in his other books, and the story is about wildlife crime in the Peak District.I found this a good read, and the story was self-contained, which is no mean feat with only 80 pages to play with. I particularly liked the ending, which made me smile.
lkbergener More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit boring and dry. It's about birds and illegal hunting. Not what I would usually read and more a man's story. It was short and free which are good points. The writing was fine but the subject was dull to me. I will delete this one as I will never want to reread it. Believe men would enjoy it!
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