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The Cutting Room Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007311648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007311644
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Jilliane Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida, with special assignments to the Domestic Violence Unit and the Legal Extradition Unit. She has advised 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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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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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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I lapped up the last great Jilliane Hoffman,"Retribution", starring CJ Townsend- the brilliant prosecutor; in which she is determined to bring down serial killer Bill Bantling and succeeds with able detective Dominick Falconetti and husband by her side; it seems however, that justice has come at a price and CJ has moved on. The cutting Room introduces in her place, feisty prosecutor Daria BiAnchi reluctantly (at first) teaming up with Manny Alvarez as her nominated dectective on a really hot case. (Manny is also the ex-colleague of both CJ and Dominick).

This new, chilling psychological thriller finds Daria faced with a horrific murder, a wealthy accused and flimsy evidence. However, fresh evidence is presented from a strange source but leads back to an old crime and brings the circle back round to CJ. Daria and Manny must use all their resources to crack this case, no matter how much they hate dealing with the devil himself - Bill Bantling.

This is again a very well written, edge-of-the-seat thriller and just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water.....Yup, its one of these "can't put down", relaly good detective thrillers. Cannot recommend it more highly and cannot wait for the next Hoffman - soon please! The Cutting Room
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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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