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Leigh Russell
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19 July 2009
The park - a place where children play, friends sit and gossip and people walk their dogs. But in the shadows a predator watches...and waits...then chooses his first victim. But someone has seen the killer and come forward as a witness - someone who the killer must stop at all costs. For DS Geraldine Steel, it is a race against time to find the killer as two more bodies are found.

A gripping psychological thriller introducing Geraldine Steel, a woman whose past is threatening to collide with her future.


Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (19 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842432710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842432716
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specialising in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Hertfordshire. Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010, Dead End in 2011 and Death Bed in 2012. Stop Dead, the fifth novel to feature DI Geraldine Steel is published in May 2013. The series has received glowing reviews and been a hit with readers around the world.

CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award and reached #1 on iTunes. It also became #1 in women sleuths.

ROAD CLOSED (2010) was a Top Read on Eurocrime. It was also #1 on Amazon Kindle and in the top #50 on iTunes.

With DEAD END (2011) Geraldine Steel became number 1 best selling female sleuth on Kindle, a Best Female Sleuth on Lovereading, and a Best Fiction Book of 2012 in the Miami Examiner. It was also in the top #20 on Kindle, top #20 in WHSmith's and top #10 in the Miami Examiner.

More success followed with DEATH BED (2012) and STOP DEAD (2013) reaching Top 50 Bestsellers Lists on Amazon and in major bookshop chains. DEATH BED (2012) also became #1 in women sleuths. STOP DEAD (2013)also reached #1 on Kindle.

In June 2013, COLD SACRIFICE was published on eBook and followed by the print version in September. COLD SACRIFICE is the first in a new series which features Ian Peterson, the detective sergeant who works alongside Geraldine Steel in CUT SHORT, ROAD CLOSED and DEAD END.

Find out more on http://www.leighrussell.co.uk where news, reviews and interviews are posted, with a schedule of Leigh's appearances. Contact Leigh via her website, follow her on Twitter, Facebook and follow her personal blog http://leighrussell.blogspot.co.uk


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'Cut Short is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. ' --Jeffery Deaver

'An intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.' --Publisher's Weekly

'Simply awesome! This debut novel by Leigh Russell will take your breath away' --Amanda C M Gillies, eurocrime.co.uk

'Cut Short is not a comfortable read, but it is a compelling and important one. Highly recommended.' --Radmila May, Mystery Women

'a pretty fine police procedural, with a convincing if disconcerting feel of contemporary Britain.' --PPO Kane, The Compulsive Reader

'Taut and compelling.' - Peter James

'A stylish top-of-the-line crime tale.' Jeffery Deaver

'Well-written, soundly plotted, psychologically acute... All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit.' -The Times

'Leigh Russell is one to watch.' - --Lee Child --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead and Fatal Act. The next Geraldine Steel title will be published in 2015. Cold Sacrifice, the first in a spin off series featuring Ian Peterson, was published in 2013. Cut Short was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award, Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People's Book Prize, and her books frequently #1 on kindle and iTunes. She is published in the UK by No Exit Press, in the US by HarperCollins, and is published in French, Italian, Turkish and German. Leigh studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. For many years a secondary school English teacher, Leigh now writes full-time. She is married with two daughters and lives in North West London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delight from start to finish 5 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
I found Cut Short to be a delight from start to finish with the most perfectly comprehensive final three sentences ever. I finished this novel and was disappointed that I couldn't immediately pick up Leigh Russell's next novel. Make sure you buy both at the same time so you don't have to wait to start the next one.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Short....introduction of DI Gerladine Steel 9 April 2011
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Cut Short by Leigh Russell is the first in the series of books about DI Gerladine Steel.I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down.I can relate to Geraldine and her character is an enthralling heroine of real substance.I love crime thrillers and this was pacey,real and exciting.I am looking forward to Road Closed and Dead End.I love the style of Leigh Russell and had not come across her books before.I shall certainly be buying more of her crime thrillers!Thankyou Leigh for highly enjoyable read.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CUT SHORT by LEIGH RUSSELL 12 Jun 2011
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Cut Short is the debut novel by Leigh Russell, featuring DI Geraldine Steel. I am an avid reader of a wide range of novels, and this book has put Leigh Russell straight on to my list of favourite authors.

Cut Short is an extremely well-written pyschological crime thriller, which introduces us to DI Geraldine Steel. There is a good balance of the crime/thriller elements of the story with the personal life of Geraldine. As an ex-WPC I found the police procedures very realistic, and feel the book gave a good insight into the life of a modern day female Detective Inspector, as well as being an exciting and intruiging "who-dunnit".

I would throughly recommend Cut Short and it's follow-ups) to anyone who enjoys a good crime/thriller, and am sure that more readers will be adding Leigh Russell to their "favourites" list!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star 15 April 2013
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Cut Short by Leigh Russell is the first in the series of books featuring DI Gerladine Steel.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish, and found myself wanting to read the next one as soon as i finished it.
I'd struggled after reading some really good books to find one that gripped me, but this certainly did..
i'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 8 July 2013
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I enjoyed this book but am not sure that I am going to form any type of affinity for the main character Geraldine Steel. She is a bit one dimensional. I have purchased the second book and will see if she develops more in that book. She does not appear to have any real quirks or sense of humour that often draw you to main characters in a book. I will reserve judgement until I have read the second book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 1 Jan 2014
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An excellent tale from the outset, revealing nice details about both detectives and killer as it moved to a dramatic shocking outcome. I found this work consistently gripping, it held my attention from start to finish — slowly weaving together the different story threads into a coherent picture. It all drew together with a satisfyingly gripping conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book 12 Dec 2013
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Came across cut short by chance in kindle library, I must say I enjoyed this book immensely, it went along at a steady pace. Geraldine is a like able lady, and I want to know more, so I've downloaded the next two of the series. I've given it a five star rating because the story was straight forward and no waffling on about pointless information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable start to the series 6 July 2013
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A believable main character, who is fleshed out more as time goes on in the series.
Good plot with plenty of clues and red herrings to keep us guessing.
I'd like more of a sense of place, I don't know anything about this area of Britain and would like some more descriptive narrantive.
Worth getting
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love this authour I had never read any of his books, but I couldn't put it down. would recommend this author to anyone who likes thriller and crimes have bought the other 5 books... Read more
Published 2 days ago by D Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the first chapter.
This was one of the first Leigh Russell books I read. I was hooked from the first chapter. Excellent gripping story. This was a really hard book to put down. Enjoyed it very much.
Published 3 days ago by Ruth Welsby
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read for a first in the series
Published 5 days ago by keith snow
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Boring read with a long drawn out story. I found reading about the main character depressing and she was totally lacking a personality. I couldn't warm to her at all. Read more
Published 11 days ago by m j w trafford
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Microman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Good Read
Again another good read by Leigh Russell, gripping stuff once again.
Published 15 days ago by Josie
5.0 out of 5 stars cut short
really good
Published 20 days ago by brenda hynam
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great delivery time and good product
Published 22 days ago by Mr F.T.G.Hempleman
3.0 out of 5 stars Ad infinitum
This is now the fourth book of the Geraldine Steel series that I have read and whilst I would reiterate that the author has an easy flowing style of writing, each book is too much... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Barbara Bee
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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