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Cut Short

Book 1, A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller

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Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger

Will DI Geraldine Steel become a serial killer's ultimate trophy?

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private. But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women she quickly discovers how wrong she was...

By day, the park is a place for children's games, for people walking their dogs or taking a short cut to avoid the streets. But in the shadows a predator prowls. When an unwitting bystander comes forward as a witness to an attack, she quickly becomes the next object of his murderous obsessions.

DI Geraldine Steel is locked into a race against time, determined to find the killer before they discover yet another naked corpse. Can she save the lives of the town's young women - or will Geraldine herself become the killer's ultimate trophy?

For fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, Cut Short is a gripping crime investigation that introduces DI Geraldine Steel, a woman whose past is threatening to collide with her future. . .

'Cut Short is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. And you're just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel' – Jeffrey Deaver

Look out for more DI Geraldine Steel investigations in Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed,Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring and Deadly Alibi

Don't miss the DI Ian Peterson series: Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death and Blood Axe

From Publishers Weekly

23 November 2009 – This tense and compelling narrative introduces an extraordinary new mystery protagonist. Escaping a failed relationship, Det. Insp. Geraldine Steel moves to a smaller town, which she hopes will have smaller problems. Instead she's put in charge of investigating a young woman's brutal murder. Her co-workers are alternately supportive and cynical, skeptical of her quick rise to the top, but Geraldine doesn't have time to worry about that when two more young women are found dead in the same manner and location and the prime suspect is eliminated. Geraldine's hunt for the severely disturbed killer soon makes her a target. A wide variety of characters come seamlessly together to advance the fast-paced, twisty narrative. Russell paints a careful and intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.

Customer Reviews

Cut short

For me, this book was spoiled by the gratuitous use of foul language and my enjoyment of the book was, unfortunately, cut short (after about 50 pages) by my desire to spare myself further distress.

I'm fully aware, of course, that this many people use these offensive words as conversational fillers or as a substitute for wit, and I hear them every day, but this is supposed to be entertainment and I'd really like to wipe off this kind of language on the doormat when I come home to my family.

That said, I was enjoying this otherwise well-written book until the point when enough became enough, and I really wish I could have an abridged version which I could follow to the conclusion of the case.

It's not just Leigh Russell to whom this review could apply, of course, it's most modern authors. Dear publishers, could you not give some kind of advance warning, even something as anodyne as, "This novel contains language which some people may find offensive"? Then I would know not to waste my time beginning to read something I will never finish.


I have no idea what so ever this guy below is going on about with the bad language there isn't one swear word I've come across in the whole book!

It's a well written book definitely worth a read I enjoyed it.


The person who says that there was no foul language obviously hasn't read the book properly, I can see why someone wouldn't like the book for the bad language but it was very gripping, I read 200 pages in about an hour and a half... An easy, enjoyable read.

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Cut Short
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  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 24 May 2012
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller
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