Deathly Affair

Four bodies, but who is guilty in this deadly web of lies?

When a homeless man is murdered, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is disturbed by the coldblooded nature of the crime. With the discovery of a second victim, the police hunt for a killer whose motive is as elusive as he is dangerous.

In an investigation plagued by police scepticism, Geraldine is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. Drawn into the lives of three people caught in a toxic web of love and deceit, Geraldine learns there is more to this case than she had imagined.


»(Former) Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel is back for an impressive thirteenth outing.«
Heat Magazine

»Complex and cleverly handled, with skilful psychological insights... an intriguing police procedural.«
Promoting Crime Fiction

»Impressive... with Steel at their heart — as she is in all of Russell’s gripping police procedurals«
Daily Mail

»It’s fast-paced and well-written and, although in series, it can be read as a standalone.«
The Literary Shed

»This police procedural deals subtly with the contemporary themes of homelessness and mental health.«
NB Magazine

Original Language

English, No Exit Press

Available Material

English Original


on behalf of No Exit Press
World excl. Chinese (simplified, traditional), English (UK), Polish

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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.