Edge of seat stuff from thriller-giver

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WHILE the news is full of talk of cuts to the police force, there’s little chance of results-getting detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper getting the chop.

They’ve been rather good to Stephen Booth, the journalist who became an international best-seller with his series of rural Derbyshire-based books in which they star.

In the former Worksop Guardian hack’s new tome, The Devil’s Edge, they venture off their usual patch in bleak parts of the Peak District.

DS Fry and DC Cooper take their skills to Sheffield to hunt down a group of house raiders turned killers who are targeting wealthy households on the outskirts of the city.

With a series currently being developed for TV, this new novel finds Stephen signed to a new publisher, having enjoyed success with 10 previous titles such as Blood On The Tongue and Black Dog which have made him a housewives favourite in the USA.

His new tale unfolds in a hot August in the Peak District’s Devil’s Edge. The two officers are brought together to investigate a series of break-ins, but after Cooper’s brother shoots a burglar Fry takes the reins. Cooper is forced to watch from the sidelines as his rival pursues the case to its conclusion.

n The Devil’s Edge is published by Sphere, priced £17.99 in hardback. Stephen will be signing copies at Bookworm Bookshop, Retford, tomorrow.