The Devil's Edge, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In the heart of summer, in the dead of night, something wakes you.

The house is quiet. The children are sleeping. The kitchen is empty. Except for the body on the floor. A series of brutal home invasions is terrorizing the Peak District.

Until now, the burglars haven't left a clue. This time, they've left a corpse. But as the death toll rises, two intrepid cops begin to suspect that the robberies - and the murders - are not what they seem.

Beneath the scorching summer sun, a dangerous game is in play . . . and a merciless killer is hiding in plain sight. Packed with twists, suspense, and danger, The Devil's Edge is a gripping thriller to rival the very best of Peter Robinson and Peter James.PRAISE FOR STEPHEN BOOTH'A modern master' Guardian'Wonderful' Daily Mail'One of our best storytellers' Sunday Telegraph


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751545647

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The Devil's Edge is the eleventh book in the Fry and Cooper series by Stephen Booth. As usual it's set in the Peak District, an area he knows well and obviously loves; the location is, as ever, very well realised and takes on the role of another character in the unfolding drama. This time they are investigating a series of random, highly visible smash and grab crimes whereby up-market properties are targeted and their occupants seriously injured, or even killed. Although it's billed as a Cooper and Fry story, it's Ben Cooper who's the main dramatic focus. A series of seemingly random attacks by a group called The Savages is terrorising a small village, and one night it leads to an apparently motiveless murder. <br/><br/>In this book Booth writes at a fairly pedestrian pace, and the unfolding of the mystery is a bit disappointing. The police, mostly through Cooper, never seem to get to grips with the case and chippy Diane Fry takes a back seat for most of the story. So many routine procedures seem to have been forgotten: wouldn't checking up on the victim's work/business and financial circumstances have been something that was undertaken early on? In The Devil's Edge however, such a basic action doesn't happen until three quarters of the way through. <br/><br/>I was a bit disappointed with this book to be honest; I enjoy Booth's writing and I like this series, but he seemed to focus too much on his beloved Peak District, rather than the plot and a credible set of suspects. Also, I am getting tired of Fry's constant internal whinging and feeling sorry for herself. Not a bad read, but certainly not "gripping and ingenious", as the front cover leads us to believe.<br/><br/>© Koplowitz 2013

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Well worth reading - British mystery fans shouldn't miss Stephen Booth.

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