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Claire Booth Books In Order

Publication Order of Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Books

The Branson Beauty (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Another Man's Ground (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The American writer Claire Booth is well known for her unique take on the crime genre, as well as being a prolific ghostwriter. With a background working as a reporter, she has a lot of experience working in the field with real-life case studies, something which is clearly reflected within her work. Writing true-crime books as well, she has conducted a lot of research over the years into the subject giving her a distinctive insight into it all.

Early and Personal Life

Claire Booth would start out by writing the stories of other people, as she would hold a fascination for the human psyche and what made people do what they do. Born and raised in America she would nurture this particular passion from a young age, as she would apply herself to the written word. Over the years this progressed, as she continually came back to crime as a subject, constantly focusing on refining both her and her craft in the process.

Working as a reporter she has traveled all across the country taking in a number of different sights during her career. Educating herself to a high standard as well, she is highly adept at what she does, getting to the heart of the case every time. Along with this, she has also gained an academic background in the subject, giving her writing a certain degree of precision in the process.

It is her experience in the field that has been most beneficial to her though, as it has made her work a lot more realistic. This has also brought her characters to life as well, as they really speak to the reader, despite some of their uglier and darker tendencies. Providing the reader with a window of sorts into the darkened underbelly of the human psyche, Booth also has an eye for location as well, having visited numerous places during her career.

A writer with a strong sense of who she is as an author, Claire Booth continues to attract readers from all across the globe. Combining fact with fiction, she is able to conjure up a look into a world otherwise typically unseen by the public at large. Knowing and understanding her craft, she will continue to do this for many years to follow, as her writing career continues to build day-by-day.

Writing Career

The first book that she was to bring out was a true-crime novel, as it charted the real-life case of Taylor Helzer and his ‘followers’. Titled ‘The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God’, it sees him go on a rampage during the summer of 2000. Embarking on a mass-killing spree he believed he was heralding the return of Jesus Christ, a delusion that this book lays out in detail.

Later applying her knowledge to that of crime fiction in general, she would go on to write a series set in this world. Creating the ‘Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery’ series of novels, she would publish a franchise of novels set in a murky crime ridden underworld. It would also serve as some compelling stories based around the eponymous Sheriff Hank Worth of the title, following his many case files.

Seen as one of the leading figures currently working within her genre, she has been able to garner the respect of both critics and general readers alike. Garnering good reviews she is seen as a consummate professional of her craft, as she’s able to combine mystery and suspense. With her books reaching a worldwide audience as well, she’s managed to create a global market with her work too.

Previously working as a journalist, she’s covered a whole range of different subjects, not just those involved in crime. Looking at topics that are diverse and varied, she has gained a huge amount of experience, along with a large degree of insight. It is crime reporting where she really excelled, though, as this has always been her primary focus with her work and stories.

Having covered various cases over the course of her career she has managed to make a name for herself as a major figure within the true-crime industry. This style of reporting also serves her fiction well, as it makes it far more immediate and realistic for the reader. Developing it in the years to come, she will continue to progress as an author, as there’s still plenty of room for her to grow as a crime novelist in the following years to come.

The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God

Marking her debut novel and first foray into the world of true-crime, this was the first book to be published by Claire Booth. Based on a real-life story, it was first brought out in 2008 through the Berkley publishing outlet on the 5th of February. Working as a stand-alone title it charts the case as it actually happened, giving an insight into the mindset of all those that were involved.

Taking place over the summer of 2000, this sees Taylor Helzer gaining a few followers, as he believes himself to be the overseer of the return of Jesus Christ. Believing himself to be tasked with seeing Christ’s return, he sets about attempting to usher it in by ‘any means necessary’. This then entails a massive killing spree that was one of the bloodiest in history, as he sets about on an unholy reign of terror. What then transpires is the police hunt for him in order to put an end to his deadly spree, with his belief in conspiracy, extortion and murder in the name of god.

Another Man’s Ground

Initially published through the ‘Minotaur Books’ publishing label, this was first brought out on the 11th of July in 2017. Marking the second title in the ongoing ‘Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery’ series of novels, it follows on from where the last left with another investigation. Continuing is a similar vein as to before, it works at carrying on the action and the story, bringing it forwards whilst also developing the characters.

It appears to be a somewhat straightforward, if a little odd, case for Sheriff Hank Worth, as he’s called out to deal with some stolen elm tree bark. He is then told by the property owner, who is struggling to make ends meet on his land, that it is used as a valuable herbal supplement. That’s when Vern Miles, the land-owner, decided to clear the trees altogether using undocumented workers who then disappear when Hank turns up, exposing a skeleton in the process. Who did it belong to? Where have the thieves gone? What secrets are lying on another man’s ground?

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