Leigh Russell arrived with a bang on the crime scene with her 2009 novel, Cut Short, shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger. She introduces D.I. Geraldine Steel in “a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a
seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police
procedure,” according to fellow novelist Jeffrey Deaver. “You’re just
plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel,” Deaver added. Publishers Weekly also praised this “gritty and addictive” debut. Russell followed up this first success with the 2010 Road Closed,
a novel that “confirms Leigh Russell’s promise as a writer…
well-written, soundly plotted and psychologically acute,” according to
the London Times. Eurocrime described it as “well-written and absorbing… with an exhilarating climax that you don’t see coming.” Dead End, the third in the D.I. Geraldine Steel series, will be published in June 2011.
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