By Tina Jordan
Updated July 26, 2006 04:00 AM
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I had never read anything by Stephen Booth, so I was surprised to find One Last Breath every bit as darkly intelligent and finely twisted as Elizabeth George‘s work (”She felt as if massive fists were squeezing her lungs and emptying her of air like a disused plastic bag”). When Mansell Quinn is released from prison for his girlfriend’s murder, he melts into the Derbyshire countryside and killings begin anew. As Detective Constable Ben Cooper — whose father originally arrested Quinn — investigates, he becomes inextricably entangled in the case. I hated to reach the last page, but at least I’ve got Booth’s first four novels to savor.