Bones where there should be none and a chilling warning of an imminent killing challenge Detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry in their sixth novel.
"This death will be a model of perfection. The details will be precise, the conception immaculate, the execution flawless..."
When a caller taunts the police with talk of a 'dead place' and the threat of an imminent killing, most think it's a sick hoax. But Detective Diane Fry is sure there's a murderer at work. And when the voice calmly invites them to meet the 'flesh eater', Fry fears it may be too late. Meanwhile, her colleague DC Ben Cooper is investigating Derbyshire's first case of body snatching, entering the macabre world of those whose lives revolve around the deceased and their disposal.
But does an obsession with death make for a killer? And what horrors will greet them when they finally find the dead place?
Praise for `The Dead Place':
`A dark Derbyshire mystery...not for the squeamish' Daily Mail
`A thoroughly enjoyable book from one of Britain's best crime writers' Sunday Telegraph
Praise for Stephen Booth:
'A leading light of British crime writing' Guardian
'Endows the traditional crime story with a literary strength that lifts it above the general ruck... He gives a satisfying read rather than a quick fix' Independent
`Stephen Booth is an author to keep an eye on' Evening Standard
`In this atmospheric debut, Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter' Val McDermid
`Black Dog sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go ... A dark star may be born!' Reginald Hill
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. `The Dead Place' is the sixth in the series.