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Authors: Leigh Russell

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Dead End

BOOK: Dead End
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Praise for

‘A brilliant talent in the thriller field’

Jeffery Deaver

macabre read, full of enthralling characters and gruesome details which kept me glued from first page to last’

Graham Smith, Crimesquad

‘I found the narrative well written and at times terrifyingly brutal. The tension slowly builds as the twists and turns develop and as the story unfolds I could not put this book down’

Ann Marie Muldoon New Books Magazine

‘An encounter that will take them into the darkest recesses of the human psyche’

Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

Praise for

‘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

‘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

‘an excellent debut’

Mark Campbell, Crime Time

‘It's an easy read with the strength of the story at its core… If you want to be swept along with the story above all else, Cut Short is certainly a novel for you’


‘Simply awesome! This debut novel by Leigh Russell will take your breath away’

Amanda C M Gillies,

An excellent book… Truly a great start for new mystery author Leigh Russell’

Michael Lipkin, New York Journal of Books

‘A surefire hit – a taut, slick, easy to read thriller’

Watford Observer

‘A pretty fine police procedural, with a convincin if disconcerting feel of contemporary Britain’

Compulsive Reader

‘Cut Short
featured in one of Eurocrime's reviewer's Top Reads for 2009’


‘Cut Short
is not a comfortable read, but it is a comelling and important one. Highly recommended’

–Mystery Women

‘Well written debut psychological thriller’

‘Gritty and totally addictive debut novel’

New York Journal of Books

‘If you're a real fan of police procedurals, you'll probably enjoy this read’

Sacramento Book Review

‘An excellent story, skilfully built and well told’

‘intelligently written, gripping crime fiction’

Bookersatz Blogspot

‘I look forward to the second book in the series’

Nayu's Reading Corner

a very excellent book!’

The Book Buff Blog

‘a wonderful series’

Praise for
Road Closed

‘A well-written, soundly plotted, psychologically acute story’

Marcel Berlins, The Times

‘Well-written and absorbing right from the get-go… with an exhilarating climax that you don't see coming’

– Amanda Gillies,

‘New star of crime fiction, Leigh Russell's chilling sychological 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

‘Enjoyable crime, without the graphic blood and guts so many authors use’

jillysheep Blog

‘I recommend this to all murder mystery readers and it will improve your holiday by packing a copy’

Nayu's Reading Corner

‘Keeps you guessing until the end and packs some powerful surprises’

Helen Hunt, Bookersatz Blog

‘Leigh Russell's book
Road Closed
had me wanting to say to heck with everyone and everything else until I had turned ever page’

Book Place

‘a gritty page turner from the start’

Louise Purser, Star Magazine

‘An even better read than
Cut Short!

The Secret Writer

‘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

Also by Leigh Russell

Cut Short

Road Closed




Dedicated to

Michael, Jo & Phill


I would like to thank Dr Leonard Russell for his medical advice, all my contacts on the police force for their help my editor for her guidance, David Marshall for his support, and Annette Crossland with all the team at No Exit Press.




Part 1
1: Abigail
2: Waiting
3: Discovery
4: Team
5: Scene of Crime
6: Surfing
7: Morgue
8: Family
9: Shock
10: Briefing
11: Interviews
12: Waste
13: Mistress
14: Zoe
Part 2
15: Vernon
16: Matthew
17: Arrangements
18: Ben
19: Witness
20: Hannah
21: Agency
22: Charlotte
23: Whitewash
24: Drink
25: Evie
26: Stalker
Part 3
27: Marriage
28: Trust
29: Alarm
30: Date
31: Hallowe'en
32: Missing
33: School
34: Neighbours
35: Carol
36: Release
37: Talk
38: Agreement
39: Interest
40: Visitor
41: Clean UP
Part 4
42: Guy
43: Grief
44: Corpse
45: Store
46: Impatience
47: Identification
48: Argument
49: Secrets
50: Dissatisfaction
51: Leaving
Part 5
52: Daughter
53: Panic
54: Name
55: Concealment
56: Justice
57: Escape
58: Whitstable
59: School
60: Cafe
61: Arrest
62: Regret
63: Proposal
64: Journey
65: The Truth
66: Cellar
67: Moving on
68: Change
Questions and Answers

‘When you kill somebody you change the universe.’

Dr Gwen Adshead,
Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, Broadmoor Hospital

Glossary of acronyms used in
Dead End


Detective Chief Inspector (senior officer on case)
Detective Inspector
Detective Sergeant
Detective Constable
Scene of Crime Officers (collect forensic evidence at scene)
Post-Mortem or Autopsy (examination of dead body to establish cause of death)
General Certificate of Secondary Education (high school examinations)
Closed Circuit Television (security cameras)
BOOK: Dead End
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