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Claws (Crime Express) Paperback – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Crime Express
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905512244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905512249
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Booth is an award winning British 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. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

More About the Author

Stephen Booth is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in thirteen 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. Ben 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 ALREADY DEAD, published in June 2013.

The series so far:
BLACK DOG
DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS
BLOOD ON THE TONGUE
BLIND TO THE BONES
ONE LAST BREATH
THE DEAD PLACE
SCARED TO LIVE
DYING TO SIN
THE KILL CALL
LOST RIVER
THE DEVIL'S EDGE
DEAD AND BURIED
ALREADY DEAD

There's also a Ben Cooper novella:
CLAWS

In the USA, the new HarperCollins digital imprint Witness Impulse will re-launch the Cooper and Fry series in October 2013, starting with the first book, BLACK DOG:
http://wmmorrow.hc.com/witnessimpulse/blackdog-9780062301963

Described as "Dark, intense and utterly compelling" and "Simultaneously classic, contemporary and haunting," BLACK DOG will be available in all ebook formats, including Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Dog-Cooper-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00CGZXQQ2

Witness Impulse will then release one or more Cooper and Fry novels every month until August 2014.

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Would not recommend The Claw as a good read.
Winkles
A short story that fell short of capturing, much less sustaining, my interest.
Glenn Loudermilk, Jr
Not a bad read simple not the great read I had hoped for.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jai yen on September 30, 2012
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D.C. Ben Cooper is on special assignment to the Derbyshire Rural Crime Squad and is learning a lot about the countless problems of wildlife crime.
In the wild, unspoilt valleys of the Dark Peak moorlands there is a long-time and very deadly conflict dividing bird-protectors and bird-predators, also longing for eggs and chicks of birds of prey for years and years now.
The discovery of an illegal bounty, a very young and very dead goshawk fresh from the nest, but in a cage in a house is a clue to what might be happening - maybe threatening the entire future of one of the most protected landscapes in the Peak District National Park.

For Ben Cooper this assignment to the Rural Crime Squad means conflicts of conscience - being born and bred a hunter, like his father and grandfather. And the human predators hunting for the feathered ones come in all shapes and sizes, from England and foreign countries, too, and with loads of money.
And at the end of this battle not all the victims will be birds, and a poor family will nearly be pushed over the edge...
In the very end our hero Ben has to make a very personal choice - but as always, being the sympathetic soul we have come to know and to like, he does the right thing.

This a short story from the higly appraised British crime writer Stephen Booth.
He has yet delivered 12 Crime novels featuring Detective Constable Ben Cooper and his female counterpart, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry. The last of the series is called "Dead and Buried". A very satisfying short story for the fans of the Peak District crimes.
And there's an excerpt of the Novel "The Devil's Egde", too, which will surely make appetite for more ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Rogers on May 27, 2014
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I liked this story, but I didn't love it. I think it was the subject matter that made me sad and a little uncomfortable. This was obviously the author's intent, but I enjoyed his other stories more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Langley on November 7, 2012
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while I'm usually reluctant to try kindle singles or one-offs from my favorite authors, this story turned out to be pretty satisfying, even though the conclusion seemed to be a little rushed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Winkles on April 19, 2012
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this was the first book I had read by Stephen Booth and I found it to be rather meager in its language and approach. Since then I have read his latest one The Devil's Edge and found it to be a much better read. Would not recommend The Claw as a good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Cheney on December 13, 2011
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Ben Cooper is one of my favorite characters, very likeable. Can't wait to get my next one. Good story, interesting topic.
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By Glenn Loudermilk, Jr on July 10, 2014
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This is the third book of the series that I have read and is the only one I can't recommend. A short story that fell short of capturing, much less sustaining, my interest.

I suspect this is the exception to the rule and look forward to reading another full length novel soon.
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enjoyed it but I wanted it to go on for longer but I am so used to Stephen Booths other books especially
the Cooper and Fry series.
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Honestly, half the book seemed like a tree hugger's love fest but since I love the Cooper character I slogged ahead. In the end it was a good novella just not sparks flying like in the Cooper and Fry books. In time it must be set after book 2 of Cooper & Fry mysteries as he is living in town. It still had a blow away surprise or three but not the multiple red herrings of the mystery books. It was still worth the read but my rating would have been lower without having the background from the mystery novels. So my caveat is this. Get the book after a few of theCooper and Fry novels and by the end you will be nearer to my rating. Enough said....shu
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