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Blood on the Tongue *UK 1/1 SIGNED*

Booth, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0007136285 / ISBN 13: 9780007136285
Published by Harper Collins, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First UK edition, signed by author on title page. As if three bodies on her hands weren't enough, snow and ice have left half of "E" Division out of action and Diane Fry is forced to partner DC Gavin Murfin. Her former partner Ben Cooper is on a trail of his own, however - and one as cold as the Peak District January. A very small print run. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 0709241080

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Title: Blood on the Tongue *UK 1/1 SIGNED*

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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The weather is cold and the clues no warmer as Peak District detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry tackle a medley of mysteries--each one knottier than the last--in English author Stephen Booth's haunting third novel, Blood on the Tongue. The unidentified body of a dead man has turned up on a frosty roadside. An abused woman is found curled in the snow on nearby Irontongue Hill, an apparent suicide. And there's the lingering puzzle of a Royal Air Force bomber that crashed into Irontongue back in 1945, killing everyone on board except for the pilot, who reportedly walked away from the wreckage... and was never heard from again. With leave and sickness decimating the ranks of the Edendale police force, all hands are needed to solve the modern deaths. But constable Cooper finds himself distracted by the World War II tragedy, in large part because of a beguiling young Canadian, the granddaughter of that missing pilot, who's come to Edendale determined to clear her ancestor's name.

Not surprisingly, these various cases eventually intertwine. But how they're linked by time and tragedy provides the intrigue here. Equally involving is the prickly alliance between Cooper, the "too bloody nice" local lad, and his superior, the emotionally guarded outsider, Fry. Plotted for maximum psychological suspense, teeming with singular secondary characters, and capitalizing on Britain's still-poignant memories of the last world war, Blood on the Tongue is an ambitious and remarkably mature work that delivers on the promise Booth showed in his first novel, Black Dog. --J. Kingston Pierce

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