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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitch black and pitch perfect., 30 July 2013
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Paul D Brazill (Bydgoszcz, Poland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cutter's Deal (Best of British Crime Fiction Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Fifteen-year-old Jack and sixteen-year-old Livvy are good kids from a good family. Their dad has been made redundant and their mother has an accident which means that Livvy has to help her out with her cleaning job. One of the clients is Gordon Cutter, as nasty piece of work with ambitions of expanding his criminal empire. Unfortunately, Cutter takes a shine to Livvy which leads her and her family into very, very dark places.

Morrigan cleverly switches POV from Cutter to Jack and then to Livvy contrasting the naivety of the teenagers with Cutter's manipulative malevolence.

Cutter's Deal is simply a brilliant, heart-in-mouth slice of social-realist crime fiction. The real deal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the first chapter I was hooked, 9 Feb. 2014
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I don't know what I was expecting - but from the first page I didn't stop reading until I finished the book.

Written from the perspective of three of the characters, it tells the grimy tale of a small time gangster who's on the up. Very violent with adult themes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gangster's Tale, 12 July 2013
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Julie Morrigan's addition to the Byker Books Best of British series is a gangster's tale. Gordon Cutter is a gangster whose star is rising. He gets results through brutal methods and ruthlessness. When a rival firm is in trouble Cutter sees an opportunity and his power grows still further.

The story is told from an interesting variety of first person perspectives. We get Cutter's perspective which at times is utterly chilling. People are there to be used, a means to an end. We also get the viewpoint from a brother and sister who are drawn into his spiders web by his charisma and generosity. However, like a spoiled child Gordon Cutter soon tires of his toys and his pets.

A word of warning - if you want a cosy read look elsewhere. No fancy prose here. This tale is written simply and starkly. Morrigan has never sugar coated her writing and she has always been bold when it comes to telling it like it is. An excellent and compelling read that I read in just two sittings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling In The Deep, 1 Feb. 2014
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Warren Stalley (Bradford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cutter's Deal (Best of British Crime Fiction Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Cutter’s Deal is an excellent novella in the impressive Best of British series. It follows Gordon Cutter, a small time gangster, as he tries to rise up the criminal ladder. The story is told from three points of view – Cutter and teenage siblings Olivia and Jack. Through the course of the story the two teenagers drift into Cutter’s world unaware of the dark side of his business. During the narrative there’s a growing sense that something bad is going to happen. As Cutter ruthlessly uses everyone around him to gain power, events head to a dark conclusion. This is a powerful, hypnotic story that leaves the reader speechless in another Best of British classic. I’d also recommend two other excellent books in the Best of British series – Guns of Brixton by Paul D Brazill and Bang Bang, You’re Dead by Nick Quantrill.
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