Black Dog: A Crime Novel

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Scribner, Oct 1, 2000 - Fiction
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It's a long, hot summer in Northern England's Peak District, where police helicopters darken blue skies and drown out the sound of birdsong. Fifteen-year-old Laura Vernon, smart, sexy, and the keeper of many secrets, is missing. Possibly she has run off to London. Possibly she's dead. The police search, the wealthy parents wait by the phone. Detective Constable Ben Cooper quietly dreads the worst. When retired miner Harry Dickinson and his black Labrador find the body lying in the woods, Harry's strangely obstinate refusal to cooperate with the investigation raises more than a few eyebrows. What about the parents? Graham Vernon is a man who knows all about secrets. What are he and his glamorous wife holding back? Ben Cooper, who lives with a personal tragedy and who has known the villagers all his life, finds himself uneasily teamed with an ambitious newcomer, Detective Constable Diane Fry, who has her own secrets. As Ben and Diane begin a complicated dance of suspicion, attraction, and frustration, they discover that to understand the present, they must also understand the past. Loyalty, betrayal, friendship, family -- what do they m

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Almost a throwback to the Thane and Moss, from Bill Knox, era. Yobs and soccer lout types still beat up cops who now use their martial arts skills rather than truncheons to subdue and pacify the bad ... Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

The first in a series of police procedurals set in England's Peak District, featuring a male and a female police officer who each have their private demons. Excellent setting, plot and characters. I went on to read the rest of the series during the year. Read full review

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