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A Detective Constable Ben Cooper story

In the wild crags of the Dark Peak moorland, a ruthless conflict has been raging for years.

The discovery of an illegal haul from the bedroom of a terraced house is a clue to what might be at stake - perhaps the entire future of one of the most prized landscapes in the Peak District National Park.

For young Derbyshire police detective DC Ben Cooper, an assignment to the Rural Crime Squad means stepping into the middle of the conflict, without being quite sure whose side he's on. The predators come in all shapes and sizes. And in this battle, not all the victims will be human...

A short novella of 15,000 words.

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A standalone Nottinghamshire crime novel

As he watches criminals target a French lorry, Stones McClure thinks his plans might actually come together for once. But things aren't always what they seem.

It's Nottinghamshire in 1998. Derelict pits, decaying villages and rundown housing estates, surrounded by vast historic mansions known as the Dukeries. Survival here depends on the Top Hard Rule - you can't trust anyone these days.

An irreverent crime story set in a memorable time and place, with a unique voice and a cast of extraordinary characters, in 1998 'Top Hard' was a finalist for the CWA's New Writing (Debut Dagger) Award.

A full-length novel of 105,000 words.  

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