The Dead Place

The Dead Place

Book - 2007
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"This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise."

The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime . . . especially when a woman vanishes from an office parking garage.

But it's the mystery surrounding an unidentified female corpse left exposed in the woods for over a year that really has the detectives worried. Whoever she might have been, the dead woman is linked to the mystery caller, whose description of his twisted death rituals matches the bizarre manner in which the body was found. And the mystery only deepens when Cooper obtains a positive I.D. and learns that the dead woman was never reported missing and that she definitely wasn't murdered. As the killer draws them closer into his confidence, Ben and Diane learn everything about his deadly obsessions except what matters most: his identity and the identity of his next victim. . . .
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780385339063
Branch Call Number: M BOOTH S
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jun 16, 2013

This is the first in this series that I have read so did not have the benefit of the background between the 2 main protagonists. Perhaps if I had, I'd give this book a higher rating as one of the problems was Fry. She is supremely unlikable. I'm guessing it's the result of a childhood spent in foster care & dealing with a sister who's an addict. But she just comes off as hard, unyielding, unfriendly & a task master. Cooper is a sympathetic character who is clever, patient & a deep thinker. Why he continually makes excuses for her is beyond me.
The plot here is intricate, convoluted & takes a long time to pick up steam. The last third was the best by far but getting through the first bit was a tough slog as many characters are introduced, backgrounds are established & Cooper & Fry spend alot of time in their own heads.
If you're already a fan, no doubt you'll enjoy this one as well. But if you're not & looking for a British police procedural series that will grab your interest a bit quicker, try Susan Hill.

Apr 29, 2011

I love Stephen Booth's books. Now that I have read out authors like PD James, Elizabeth George, Reginald Hill, and Ruth Rendell he is the one that provides me with the most intelligent and satisfying British police procedurals. You need to start at the beginning and work your way through because the stories and characters of the police officers unfold over the series.

This one is pretty dark with themes about death and dying and how different cultures deal with it, but not in too gory a way.

mayfairlady Apr 26, 2010

6th in the Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series


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