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Leigh Russell
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24 May 2012 DI Geraldine Steel (Book 4)
  • Cut Short - CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths
  • Road Closed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 3 kindle, Top Read Eurocrime, Top 50 iTunes
  • Dead End - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top 20 WH Smith's, Top 10 Miami Examiner
  • Death Bed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 WH Smith's
  • D.I Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth


  • The bodies of two black girls are discovered in quick succession in North London. Concerned about a reaction from the local black community, the police are puzzled to learn that two teeth were extracted from both victims after they died. One of the girls worked in a massage parlour and suspicion falls on a client of hers, a known racist, but while the police flounder, the killer takes another girl home to his attic, where he keeps his victims chained up while he shows them his 'collection'. With the death toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers are calling 'The Dentist'.

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    Product details

    • Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (24 May 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1842435949
    • ISBN-13: 978-1842435946
    • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,956 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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    Review

    'Very Highly Recommended...Geraldine is an extremely likeable character...This is Leigh Russell's best yet.' -- --Eurocrime

    '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

    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.

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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the last one! 3 Jan 2012
    By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have read each of the books in this series and was looking forward to this one which is book 4 of the series. However, with the relocation of Geraldine to London I found myself feeling like we were back at the beginning in a certain sense.

    After finishing book 3 which I loved and rated a full 5 out of 5, I had high expectations and I think the new setting may have thrown me slightly. Geraldine is once again on uncertain ground as she tries to get to grips with her new role and new colleagues. I loved Ian Peterson, an ex-colleague of Geraldine's but found myself being introduced to a new sergeant that she will be working with (who I am undecided about at the moment).

    When Geraldine is assigned to work on a case, she doesn't realise the potential media impact, as the case could have a racist element to it. The story itself was as usual a good one, and the descriptive gruesomeness of some scenes was brilliant. However, I think that after finishing this book there were some elements missing. I feel like just as I was getting to know characters and Geraldine's setting, we are thrown in with new settings and characters which made me feel like it was harder work than it should have been.

    I also think that because of all of that, the actual crimes that were taking place seemed to take a bit of a back seat for me. Towards the end of the book the pace was picked up, but there was an element of it being wrapped up too neatly at the end for my liking.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and loved re-visiting a character I have grown to look forward to reading about. I just wish that I didn't feel like we have gone back a few steps with the character, and can only hope that I grow to like Geraldine's new colleagues as much as the old!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing 2 Jan 2012
    By Em_d23
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is my first read by Leigh Russell and it was a good one! I wouldn't say it was the strongest I have read as it took me a while to get into the book and warm to the character but once the novel was underway I did find it a bit harder to put down. Unfortunately I did feel the end was rushed and it all came together a bit too quick, so not too sure if it would a recommendation from me. The author has clearly got the right ideas but I felt it could have been developed a bit more...
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely certain... 5 Feb 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I quite liked this book... I think. There is a reasonably good story line, it certainly earns gore points and I rather like the main character. However it also feels like it runs out of steam a bit towards the end... having created a reasonably credible antagonist why wrap it up so swiftly? whilst I don't need to know in mind numbingly tedious detail that he had a dreadful childhood etc etc a bit more insight would have been welcomed. And then there is the dreadful depiction of Sam 'outing' herself to Geraldine... it was just not believable;doesn't work like that; - and I speak from personal experience. I was also deeply irritated with the notion that a heterosexual woman meets a lesbian and everything is about do they/don't they fancy each other??? Lesbians do not fancy every woman they meet just as heterosexuals don't - I am not sure if this is what the author meant to do and perhaps not... perhaps it was just 'clunky'. Anyway ended up feeling aggravated but still rather enjoyed so will try one more and see if it works for me any better.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable 5 Aug 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    If you read all 4 of this authors books as I have done, you will find the running theme a bit boring after a while, as it goes on far too long and tends to distract from the main tale. It concerns the main character finding her real mother, which she never seems to get round to, and is always dithering as to whether she wants to. All 4 books are also a bit too alike in the theme of a woman doing a mans job and others resenting it, a bit of this in the first book to establish this would have been okay, but to continue it on and on is a bit boring. Not too bad, could do with a bit faster pace and less description of places in the story, which don't seem to add to the story and feel like padding.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 25 Oct 2013
    By sam
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Excellent read now read all of the Geraldine steel books. Would recommend this to crime readers. Defiantly can't put it down so you have to read them all.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars creepy 5 Jun 2012
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    I have read all Leighs books and this one is up to the usual standard. Gory, creepy and a real page turner. Waiting for the next offering.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a few minor flaws. 5 Aug 2014
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    I enjoyed this book and became immersed in the story line, but like some other reviewers, I have one or two minor criticisms. It seems to be the fashion now of the protagonist having a personal ongoing saga. In this case, the situation involving the adoption and on/off search for the birth mother. (Similar saga with Roy Grace in the Peter James novels). The ending was far too rushed and the whole thing in the bag before the reader could have chance to savour it properly. The female officer working with Geraldine (Sam) added sparkle to the dialogue. However, the lesbian side of things, I felt, served no purpose other than trying to add a layer on to a one dimensional character. It didn't work for me because it didn't bring anything to the story.
    On the whole though, the book built up nicely and kept me gripped until the end, albeit a sudden one. It certainly wouldn't stop me reading the rest of the series, and I am looking forward to starting the next in the series.
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