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The Kill Call Paperback – 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 9 of 14 in the Cooper & Fry Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Intelligent and substantive crime fiction, rich with complex characters.” (Library Journal)

“Suspenseful and supremely engaging. Booth does a wonderful job.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Clever, intricate . . . Cooper is an ascendant Lewis to Fry’s bitter Morse.” (Financial Times)

“Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are the most interesting crime team to arrive on the mystery scene in a long while.” (Rocky Mountain News)

“A modern master of rural noir.” (The Guardian)

“Booth delivers some of the best crime fiction in the UK.” (Manchester Evening News)

“Booth’s aim is to portray the darkness that lies beneath the surface . . . in this he succeeds wonderfully well.”— (Daily Mail (London))

“Ingenious plotting and richly atmospheric.” (Reginald Hill) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Stephen Booth is a multiple award winning British crime writer. He is best known as the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in twelve 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 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 titles are THE DEVIL'S EDGE and DEAD AND BURIED. A former newspaper journalist, Stephen was born in Lancashire in the North West of England. He lives in a Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire with his wife Lesley, three cats and one goat. His website is at: http://www.stephen-booth.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Ome (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007352670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007352678
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,372,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on July 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
The uneasy relationship between DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper is prevalent throughout this murder mystery, part of the author's continuing series featuring the two protagonists. At first, the body of a well-dressed man found on a moor with his head bashed in seems to be a straightforward police investigation,

However, the inquiry broadens into a lot more, involving illegal horse slaughter, the conflict from supporters of the hunt and saboteurs opposing that "sport," and a look not only into the 16th century Black Plague which nearly wiped out the local population, including many of Cooper's forbears, but also events that took place during the 1960's. And those that lead to the recent past as well as the present.

The depth of the look into the personalities of the two protagonists - which of course play a major role in how they go about their investigations - is insightful and penetrating, and they are always given intriguing mysteries to solve their insecurities. These are always well-plotted and read well, and the book is recommended.
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At 467 pages, this book is shorter than many entries in this series but seemed a much more scattered novel than they were.

There’s too much going on here. A shady character is found murdered and his business partner disappears. Horses are disappearing. A business is trying to introduce horsemeat as a main course. A man wandering in the darkness and fog falls to his death. Several chapters are 1968 journal entries. These story lines never came together as an integrated whole.

Booth again spends too many words on scenery and the thoughts filling Cooper’s and Fry’s heads. The failing health and death of Cooper’s cat and what he does about it makes up several scenes. Information on horses and how they are kept track of fills many pages. Fry frets about her chances for advancing her career in the police department over several scenes. All of these could have been seriously tightened to make a tauter novel.

Booth includes a scene here that seemed to foreshadow an ominous event affecting Ben, one that has the reader anticipating the event, looking for it as he reads. But as happened One Last Breath, Booth failed to deliver the ominous event, leaving this reader wondering what purpose the scene served.

The man who falls to his death seems to have been brought into the story solely to allow the police to find a clue to the murdered man. This seemed a bit of a stretch as far as believability.

Readers like to see character (especially main characters) grow over the course of a series. But Booth never lets Diane grow. He had been mellowing her attitude toward Ben in the prior few novels but seems to have her take a big step back to the older ways here. She’s starting to come across more like a spoiled child than a mature professional.

Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but I’ll keep reading this series because I like the crimes Booth creates and because I keep hoping he’ll correct the things that bug me.
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I have now read 13 books in this series, IN A ROW, BACK TO BACK. They are that good. Stephen Booth's deep sense of place (England's Peak District) and his complex, sympathetic portraits of the people who inhabit it set these absorbing police procedurals well apart from the rest of the genre.

There is such vivid sensory description and intensity of emotion that I feel I have LIVED these books along with all the memorable, well-rounded characters Booth has created, most especially Cooper and Fry themselves as they develop and change over time. Even minor characters are never allowed to become stereotypes.

We come to know and care about these characters, and they gain our deepest sympathy regardless of their flaws. Each new book shows us more, and just as in real life, their actions and thoughts are beyond our ability to predict as we move through time with them.

The Peak District itself could be said to be a character here as well, and Booth continually updates and develops the series' sense of place. We see and feel these changes along with the characters, and the same sense of nostalgia and loss that affects them spreads to us and becomes ever more deeply felt.

Above all, Booth respects his reader, takes no shortcuts, springs no rude surprises. Everything works together to build a complex and believable world that we can only hope will be sustained on and on into the future. This writer deserves a much greater audience in the U.S.
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Another gritty Booth police procedural. A smidgen too much contentious interplay between Fry and Cooper for my taste. I've been married over half my life with two active teen grandsons......and TNT think they know drama!

Regardless, I would have rated this 4 stars if not for a central premise of possible perceived equine abuse by some readers. Although city born and bred myself, with my rural ancestry, I view it more of a tolerated, not necessarily desirable, reality of country mores and practicality. Chapters 19 and 20 would be the most delicate passages. They can be scanned as opposed to read, but ensuing chapters lose relevancy if totally ignored.

Kindly note that practically every word or thought uttered by me is chock-ful of IMHO. That said, this is an earthy, enjoyable and sustainable read.
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