Road Closed

A complex case for a complex character: Geraldine Steel's second investigation.

When a man dies in a gas explosion, the police suspect arson. But the case takes on a new and terrible twist when the prime suspect, a local felon, is viciously attacked. As police enquiries lead from the expensive Harchester Hill estate to the local brothel, their key witness dies in a hit-and-run. Coincidence? Or cold-blooded murder?
With so many lives lost already, DI Geraldine Steel must put her problems aside, to protect others. After all, in the race for justice, sacrifices must be made.


»Leigh Russell's second book, ROAD CLOSED, confirms her promise as a writer of tight, tense police procedurals. Her troubled heroine, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel, too wedded to her job to form lasting relationships, inquires into a gas explosion that kills a man in his own house. Could it be murder? His wife is a suspect and Steel follows a link to a local household of dysfunctional criminals. This is a well-written, soundly plotted, psychologically acute story with nothing and no one too flamboyant or excessive, and none the worse for that.«
Marcel Berlins, The Times

»New star of crime fiction, Leigh Russell's chilling psychological thriller is terrific & terrifying!«
Clem Chambers

»ROAD CLOSED is a gripping, fast-paced read, pulling you in from the very first tense page and keeping you captivated right to the end with its refreshingly compelling and original narrative.«
New York Journal of Books

»Leigh Russell does a good job of keeping her readers guessing. She also uses a deft hand developing her characters, especially the low-lifes... a good read.«
San Francisco Book Review

»A gritty page-turner from the start.«
Louise Purser, Star Magazine

»Leigh Russell's book ROAD CLOSED had me wanting to say to heck with everyone and everything else until I had turned every page.«
Martha A. Cheves, Book Place

»Well-written and absorbing right from the get-go... with an exhilarating climax that you don't see coming.«
Euro Crime

Original Language

English, No Exit Press

Available Material

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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.