An escaped convict threatens more than the summer tourist trade in the gripping fifth thriller featuring Detectives Fry and Cooper.
'Today was the day Detective Constable Ben Cooper was supposed to have died. For practical purposes, he was already dead.'
Fourteen years ago Mansell Quinn was jailed for murdering his mistress. Now he has escaped and is on the run, hiding amongst the Peak District's many summer tourists. When Quinn's ex-wife is found dead, DC Cooper and his tough boss DS Fry suspect it is only a matter of time before another victim is found. And Cooper - as the son of Quinn's arresting officer - is high on the list.
As they desperately search the case files for clues and the death toll rises, darker possibilities emerge. Are the killings the work of a deranged killer who cannot be found - or a desperate man, wrongly convicted?
Praise for `One Last Breath':
`One Last Breath underlines Stephen Booth's status as one of our best story-tellers... his skilful plotting makes story-telling look deceptively easy' Sunday Telegraph
`Stephen Booth endows the crime novel with a literary strength that lifts it above the general ruck...he is a crime writer who gives a satisfying read rather than a quick fix' Independent
`The complex relationship between [Cooper and Fry] is excellently drawn, and is combined with an intriguing plot and a real sense of place: Stephen Booth is an author to keep an eye on' Evening Standard
Praise for Stephen Booth:
`In this atmospheric debut, Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter' Val McDermid
`Sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go ... A dark star may be born!' Reginald Hill
'A leading light of British crime writing' Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian
Stephen Booth was born in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley and has remained rooted to the Pennines during his career as a newspaper journalist. He lives with his wife Lesley in a former Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire and his interests include folklore, the Internet and walking in the hills of the Peak District. `One Last Breath' is the fifth in the series.