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One Last Breath Hardcover – July 25, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
British author Booth's fifth crime novel (after Blind to the Bones) is as dark and winding as the labyrinth of caves below its Derbyshire setting. In 1990, Det. Constable Ben Cooper's father arrests Mansell Quinn for the brutal murder of his lover. Thirteen years later, Quinn disappears upon his release from prison, his ex-wife is immediately slain, and another murder soon follows. Convinced they're facing a revenge spree, the police mount a manhunt, probing physical clues and the messy web of relationships that Quinn has not quite left behind. The deeper Cooper and his colleagues probe, the more convinced Cooper becomes that Quinn was innocent of the original crime, a belief that deepens his sense that as the son of the arresting officer, he's personally at risk. Though the pace and focus falter slightly toward the end, this is intelligent, suspenseful reading that should continue to build Booth's U.S. audience. A master of psychological suspense, Booth hauntingly evokes the ambiguities of place and the enduring complexity of human relationships. (Aug.)
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"Intelligent, suspenseful.... A master of psychological suspense, Booth hauntingly evokes the ambiguities if place and the enduring complexity of human relationships."—Publishers Weekly
"Elizabeth George fans will queue up for this one.... Its continuing characters have uneasy relationships and secretive pasts."—Kirkus Reviews
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My beefs here are the same as in the first 3 books in the series
1/ Booth still fills too many pages with Ben Cooper’s interior monologues. I see this in many novels written by British authors and suspect it’s something British readers like in their books. Booth could have cut much of that out, shortening this book by a hundred or so pages yet still kept it just as engaging.
2/ Some descriptions are overly long and more detailed than necessary. What applies to Cooper’s monologues, applies here.
3/ Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, Booth’s main characters still need an infusion of ‘Adult’ serum. They still act toward each other like jealous teens, and it’s wearing a little thin. Hopefully, Booth will resolve the issue soon.
4/ Booth included at least one scene that seemed to foreshadow something ominous but never delivered on the danger the scene hinted at.
There are several events mentioned in this book that threw me a little, possibly because they were set up in the previous entry in the series. It’s been years since I read that book, so I may have to go back and re-read it.
I also have the next book on my ‘To Read’ list and will dive into it when it reaches the top of the pile.
Not until the very end, did I finally get an inkling of who did what to whom...several twists and surprises along the way.
Looking forward to reading more of this series.