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The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room [Kindle Edition]

Jilliane Hoffman
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Praise for Jillianne Hoffman:

'Guaranteed to follow in the best-selling footsteps of Cornwell, Reichs and Slaughter' Guardian

'Gripping, well-crafted suspense…a belter of a book' Sunday Express

'Hoffman writes like an angel. Outstanding' Independent on Sunday

'Hugely readable' Daily Mirror

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The chilling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Retribution and Pretty Little Things


The body of a student who went missing from a Florida nightclub is found in a dumpster. A horrifying scene, but nothing compared to what she had to endure before her murder. She was drugged and tortured – all broadcast live for the twisted pleasure of a snuff club.


Detective Manny Alvarez works the homicide alongside young hotshot Assistant State Attorney Daria DeBianchi. The media spotlight shines on the accused, a privileged playboy seen leaving the club with the victim. But without cast-iron evidence, Daria and Manny must dig deeper to crack the case.


The investigation exposes a terrifying connection between numerous unsolved murders and abductions stretching across the country. Their only lead is through notorious serial killer William Bantling, who knows the sinister society’s secrets first-hand. But Bantling won’t show his hand for free – he wants off Death Row.

For Manny and Daria, the nightmare is just beginning. And the only thing more devastating than this case’s past is what lies ahead…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008HS4ILE
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1CE68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jilliane Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida from 1992 to 1996, with special assignments to the Domestic Violence Unit and the Legal Extradition Unit. Through 2001, she was the Regional Legal Advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), advising more than one hundred special agents on criminal and civil matters in complex investigations involving narcotics, homicide, and organized crime. Originally from Long Island, New York, she presently resides in South Florida with her husband and two children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The final in the CJ Trilogy 27 July 2012
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have read all of Jilliane Hoffman's books and have never been less than impressed. She has produced two books featuring prosecutor C.J Townsend and two stand alone books. This fifth release is a mixture of the two. We see Assistant State Attorney Daria Bianchi and Detective Manny Alvarez work a case that involves a snuff club. We also see the return of C.J Townsend just before the halfway mark in this book.

Daria and Manny make for fantastic reading as they both have such unique personalities. Manny Alvarez is a veteran cop whose nickname is The Bear and Daria is a hot-headed Italian woman trying to make her mark in the world. They make a great team and at the start of the book we see them clash heads as they uncover what looks to be a dangerous game of men watching women be raped and then murdered in the so called snuff-club.

The re-introduction of C.J and the serial killer on death row Bill Bantling aka `Cupid' had me reading a lot quicker that I thought. As it has been a while since I read the CJ books I worried I would lose the thread but the plot is re-covered for the benefit of those having not read previous books. As I read on I remembered why Jilliane's books always had me hooked. They are extremely dark reading and I always find myself feeling the fear as much as the characters as we see the chase for the suspects who are cursed with these sick and perverted minds.

The story has a lot going on and there are numerous threads that are woven in to the story including past crimes committed and the involvement of Bill Bantling, the serial killer on Death Row. At around the ¾ mark the pace picks up considerably and I continued reading until I was done. I was both shocked and pleased by the time I had finished.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Before I get into the review of this crime fiction novel it is important note that while the author gives background to her significant characters that have appeared previously in other books, I believe to `fully enjoy' this novel, one needs to have read `Retribution' and `Last Witness'. While these books cannot be called a true series, the characters such as CJ Townsend and Bill Bantling, seem to `populate' all three books with their traits, working practice and have their own narrative framed within the text of each story told.

That said I found this a pretty high strung thriller set against a frame work of the sick and depraved world of inflicted suffering and snuff clubs. Some of the main ingredients are very good attention to detail by using some sharp dialogue, well researched legal and forensic practice. The narrative is `crisp' and the relationships forged between the lawyer Daria di Bianchi and detective is well managed and convincing.
In part the story takes one to the edge-of-the-seat. For me the ending was a genuine surprise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just another add-on 30 July 2012
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
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So many writers (no names given you know who you are)with serial characters simply put out another volume of the exploits of D.I. Soandso or ASA MsThing wrapped up in some kind of formula tale to include at least one breakfast-losing scenario but not the wonderful Jilliane Hoffman. She bides her time and when the time is right hits us between the eyes with a work of crime genius such as the new book "The Cutting Room" with its multi-pun meanings.

She writes so well and so convincingly that I experienced some genuine literary deja vues when her character C.J. Townsend (and her many aliases) makes a stunning and totally chaotic appearance well into the main body of the book.

It is no spoiler to say that this new novel deals with the extremely disturbing idea of a "snuff club" ~ who knew that such things might have leaked into the 21st century and the team of Daria and Manny investigate crimes almost too disturbing to contemplate though in Ms Hoffman's capable hands I couldnt put the book down.

There are some stand out "performances" notably Daria at her dad's birthday party ~ brilliantly written back story and the central scene, the visit to interview Bill Bantling aka Cupid which was so powerful it is hardly surprising that Hannibal Lecter's creator, Thomas Harris has thrown in his quill.

This is an excellent read and I would have given a sprinkling more of stars had I been allowed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman 13 Jan 2013
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I would recommend this book to any crime/thriller readers. It has the suspense that is 100% required. The characters become quite endearing and you hear yourself saying ''I hope they aren't murdered, I would quite like them to survive and life on'' but you never know who will be next.
The writer writes in a style that is interesting and that makes you not just want but 'need' to carry on turning the pages.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I have never read a Jilliane Hoffman novel before but I certainly will be looking out for these novels again as thy are right up my street.
Very impressed
Trish H-Morris ( a huge thriller/detective reader enthusiast)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"The Cutting Room" sees the (eventual) return of prosecutor CJ Townsend, and locked up, multiple killer Bill Bantling.

*** spoiler ***

There are a couple of massively signposted "coincidences" and an interesting ending, but, I read a lot of this genre of story and "Silence of the Lambs" meets "Dexter" came to mind as the book came to a conclusion.

*** end of spoiler ***

The story is a little on the disappointing side as it takes more than half the book to really kick it up out of neutral.

If you have read the other two books and want to see the next turn in the life of CJ Townsend and where the series will head next then it is worth wading through the muddy first half to get to the conclusion.

I would point out that in order to understand what's going on it would be a good idea to read the previous 2 books in this series first (Retribution and Last Witness), rather than just diving in and hoping that you get the drift of what's going on and who's linked to whom.
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Published 2 months ago by ClareLou
4.0 out of 5 stars A good crime thriller read!
I have read all of this authors books now and I can honestly say that her style of writing has improved so much!
There was too much legal jargon in the first book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vixy
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st time read a book of j. hoffman
iam half way into this book and can not put in down enjoying story line so far
I hope rest of book his just as good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mrs gladys brabben
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner by Jilliane Hoffman
Another great page-turner by Jilliane Hoffman - follow on to Retribution which kept me awake until the wee small hours, as I just couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mme Wendy McDowall
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good
I read her first two books, which I rated the best two detective novels I'd read for quite some time, so I was very pleased to see that JH had published more. Read more
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