Cut Short

Geraldine Steel's first case and Leigh Russell's astonishing debut on the crime fiction scene.

Meet Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel: fierce, dependable, and committed to her job. Relocated to the quiet town of Woolsmarsh, she expects respite from the stresses of the city; a space where she can battle her demons in private. But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on young women, she quickly discovers how wrong she is...
By day, Woolsmarsh park is a haven for families, dogwalkers, or simply for a breath of fresh air. But in the shadows a predator prowls, hunting for a fresh victim. Locked in a race against time, Geraldine is determined to find the killer before they discover yet another corpse. But can she save the lives of the town's young women – or will Geraldine herself become the killer's ultimate trophy?


»CUT SHORT is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. And you're just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel.«
Jeffery Deaver

»Gritty and totally addictive debut novel.«
New York Journal of Books

»Leigh Russell's first novel, CUT SHORT, is a complex, multi-layered, extremely well-structured, and involving police procedural. ... As the story races to its gripping conclusion, there's not a moment when the reader won't be either fearful for another possible victim, hopeful that the killer will make one fatal mistake, or desperately waiting for Steel to discover that one missing clue.This is an excellent book - the kind one might read for hours on a winter evening before a roaring fire. Russell pulls the reader into an intense involvement with the characters, the town of Woolmarsh, and the search for the killer.Truly a great start for new mystery author Leigh Russell.«
Michael Lipkin, New York Journal of Books

»Russell paints a careful and intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.«
Publishers Weekly

»A surefire hit - a taut, slick, easy-to-read thriller.«
Watford Observer

»CUT SHORT is a book I had to read in one sitting... excellent new series.«
Beth, Murder by Type

»An excellent debut.«
Crime Time

»CUT SHORT is not a comfortable read, but it is a compelling and important one. Highly recommended.«
Mystery Women

»Simply awesome! This debut novel by Leigh Russell will take your breath away.«
Euro Crime

Original Language

English, No Exit Press

Available Material

English pdf


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Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell is the author of internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: CUT SHORT, ROAD CLOSED, DEAD END, DEATH BED, STOP DEAD, FATAL ACT, KILLER PLAN, MURDER RING, DEADLY ALIBI and CLASS MURDER. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. CUT SHORT was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with STOP DEAD and MURDER RING selected as finalists for The People's Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA's Debut Dagger Award judging panel and a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Master's degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.