One Last Breath, Paperback
4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


An escaped convict threatens more than the summer tourist trade in the gripping fifth thriller featuring Detectives Fry and Cooper. 'Today was the day Detective Constable Ben Cooper was supposed to have died.

For practical purposes, he was already dead.' Fourteen years ago Mansell Quinn was jailed for murdering his mistress.

Now he has escaped and is on the run, hiding amongst the Peak District's many summer tourists.

When Quinn's ex-wife is found dead, DC Cooper and his tough boss DS Fry suspect it is only a matter of time before another victim is found. And Cooper - as the son of Quinn's arresting officer - is high on the list.

As they desperately search the case files for clues and the death toll rises, darker possibilities emerge.

Are the killings the work of a deranged killer who cannot be found - or a desperate man, wrongly convicted?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007172047



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Impressive crime thriller, full of twists, turns and shocks and set in the stunning landscape of the Peak District.

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'It will use a lot of resources manning the phones and checking on sightings,' said Hitchens. 'But we need the help of the public. We've got to catch this man before he strikes again.''Strikes again?' said Jepson. 'Are you writing headlines for the newspapers these days, Hitchens? Have you taken a sub-editor's course at the Derbyshire Times? Are you going to start talking in words of one syllable?''Sorry, chief. I meant, we're gathering community-based intelligence in our efforts to establish the location of the principal suspect prior to a recurrence of his offending behaviour.'A murderer is released from prison. The terms of his release don't allow him to return home to the Hope Valley, but he doesn't turn up at the hostel in Burton on Trent, and then his ex-wife is murdered. This is the start of a convoluted tale of murder and retribution, whose twists and turns lead up to an ambiguous ending.When I was a child, British Rail used to run Ramblers' Specials from Nottingham to the Hope Valley on bank holidays, so I have walked between Hope, Hathersage and the other stations on the Hope Valley Line, and one bank holiday we walked up to Castleton, climbed the hill up to Peveril Castle and queued for the boat trip through Speedwell Cavern. I think I have been into one of the other caves too, but I don't remember seeing the ropemaker's houses, so I don't think it can have been Peak Cavern. I liked the fact that I could visualise the scenery and Quinn's movements, and I found the parts set in the caves spooky and claustrophobic. So it was quite enjoyable overall.
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A tense, gripping thriller with flushed out characters in Booth's beautiful,up to the point prose.

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A British police procedural, this was an interesting and a bit convoluted so kept me guessing as to who-dun-it. Although I enjoyed the story, I found it a bet tedious at times with all the descriptions of places. Possibly those who know the locale would have a better connection. The writing was well done and I was definitely surprised at the ending. I would recommend this book to those who like British procedurals.

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