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Bias Cut [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Richter
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Book Description

Burned out and bitter after a string of disappointments, Nicola Strozyk takes a short-term gig assisting Laurie Sparks, the design world’s reigning enfant terrible. Barely in his twenties, Laurie has built himself an empire that encompasses a chic Manhattan boutique and a role on an obnoxious reality series. Part worldly sophisticate and part cheerful scatterbrain, Laurie is beautiful and extravagant; at nearly twice his age, Nicola is jaded and resolutely unglamorous. As Laurie’s burgeoning fame threatens to overwhelm him, Nicola finds herself struggling to keep him on solid ground.

When Laurie becomes obsessed with tracking down the designer of a mysterious coat, he drags Nicola along on a champagne-fueled quest that takes them from the New York catwalks to glittery Hollywood parties and swanky suites in Paris hotels. What begins as a lark takes an ominous turn when they uncover a decades-old mystery involving the murders of two young models. Along the way, the odd-couple camaraderie between Nicola and Laurie evolves into a fierce bond, which is put to the test when she must protect him from a pair of deadly threats: a mercurial fellow designer hell-bent on burying a dark secret, and an obsessive killer who has fixed his sights on Laurie.

Editorial Reviews


"[F]resh and dark ... Snappy dialogue and accomplished descriptions are effortlessly woven into the catty and surprisingly nebulous world of Fashion Week and Emmy Award after-parties ... Well done."--Publishers Weekly, an independent organization (review based upon an unpublished manuscript version as a part of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1401 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Luft Books; 1 edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095WCZE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it doesn't hold up to its promise May 25, 2013
By Furio
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To give the author her due this mystery has some unquestionable assets:
- writing is in order;
- editing is professional: there are no mistakes and or inconsistencies except possibly one at the end;
- the general ideas for plot and characterization are also quite good and interesting. Especially good is the idea of not having the two leads getting involved with each other: a very young and flamboyant gay stylist and a middle-aged straight woman are bound not to.

The problem is that the reading experience, while never painful or embarassing, never takes off. There are several humorous moments that keep interest somewhat alive but neither plot nor characters fulfill their potential.

The ending feels hurried:
- first, it is not clear and not plot relevant why the two leads do not meet for a while after the case is apparently solved;
- one of the two, hurt in the final confrontation with the villain, has supposedly passed some time at home but when he meets the other he still has bruises while his broken bone is already fine.

I suppose this book can make a nice light read, but it could certainly have been better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This in One Sitting November 19, 2012
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BIAS CUT combines a unique mash up of characters with unexpected plot elements. The deep characterization, intricate descriptions, and realistic, fun dialogue stuck with me after reading. Morgan Richter is a smooth storyteller -- highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh good. She didn't give up. June 22, 2013
I've enjoyed this author's work since the only example of it I had was her warmly intolerant online review of an old TV show. Believe it or not, that was good enough to keep me hunting for her now and then; I'm so glad to have found her still out there fulfilling her promise. I'm scooping up the paperback and both Kindle books in a few minutes and look forward to reading all of them, even though I'm not much of a fan of fiction unless I've written it myself.

Good luck to you, Ms. Richter!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, if a little bumbled, mystery chick-lit June 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When the author sent me this book for review, I wasn't sure it was something I would be interested in. It is set in the fashion world. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of a girl. And not even a fancy t-shirt. Like the "free" ones you get when you do a 5k. Hanes is my friend. Haute couture is wasted on me. LOL

HOWEVER, it is also a chick-lit book with some mystery thrown in and I was feeling like reading some good chick lit, so I decided to give it a whirl, figuring that I would just toss it if I couldn't make it through with all the fashion nonsense. I'm really glad I gave this book a chance, for sure.

The writing and, in particular, the editing - are absolutely fabulous. This is an author that cares about her work product and it shows. I think a lot of folks think chick-lit is just fluff and I don't disagree, in general, but sometimes you just need a good piece of fiction. Not all books are War & Peace (thank goodness for that!) Ha!

The story itself is well laid out and well executed. Yeah, the ending was a bit of a disappointment for me. It was definitely wrapped up too quickly, but I think it was also how it needed to end.

There's a bit of a fashion mystery in here. It rings oddly true, if a bit outlandish. But, I kind of believe that this kind of insanity happens within the industry. The mystery itself kept me guessing, I definitely never saw the actual ending coming, so well done, Ms. Richter.

Overall, recommended for chick-lit fans. A great breezy interesting read, pull up a beach chair and enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTING! November 19, 2012
Author Morgan Richter has penned a gem. Intriguing, well-written, and a pleasure to read. I got lost in the world of fashion and fell in love with her main characters immediately. Give yourself an early Christmas present; curl up by the fire and start reading Bias Cut. You will not be disappointed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Characters September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bias Cut is a masterclass in writing compelling characters. While the central mystery of finding the true origins of an 80s fashion label grows more and more intriguing the further one gets into the plot, it is the characterisation of the two main characters that is the triumph here. Both Nicola and Laurie are drawn with great skill. The dialogue between the two of them crackles from their first meeting as they size one another up, drawing the reader immediately into their nascent relationship. It is then a joy to follow the pair of them on the rest of their adventure, as their friendship develops in a realistic, yet fascinating way.

I have approximately 0% interest in the fashion industry, and yet I churned through this book in a couple of days. The writing is just that good.

Morgan Richter is an excellent writer with a gift for creating absorbing characters. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre-crossing ride! November 19, 2012
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I was lucky enough to read this before it's publication and despite my obvious bias (haaa!) at knowing the author, I can happily say that I loved this book.

When one of the lead characters isn't immediately likeable, it's hard to imagine caring one way or another if they do well. But within a few chapters, I was rooting just as much for Laurie as I was for Nicola. The absolutely perfect way the leads fit together and compliment each other as the story unfolds is very engaging.

This book moves from reality show to thrilled to feel-good book in a way that makes complete and utter sense.

Two thumbs WAY up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
This was a fun read that was hard to put down. Mystery, intrigue, adventure, humor it's all there. The only down side was I hated for it to end - you want it to just keep going. Read more
Published 4 days ago by 8mma
3.0 out of 5 stars Bias Cut
Well written, well edited, no misspellings good grammar...except for at least one "her and I " rather than "she and I". Likeable main characters... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Schoolmarm
5.0 out of 5 stars lancebarrington
Wow! I loved this book. I can't wait to read more from this author. I could not stop reading and my 5th graders paid the price as I was very tired after staying up all night just... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lancebarrington
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This book was thoroughly intriguing. The characters were completely believable and likable. The story was fast paced, the kind of story one couldn't put aside. Read more
Published 28 days ago by barbara swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
This was a fun story - perfect light reading for a long flight. I liked the colorful characters, especially Laurie Sparks who was totally over the top sparkly.
Published 1 month ago by LadyRuna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining
This book is delightful. Loved the characters. Dialog and interactions wonderful. Will be looking to see if Morgan has more books
Published 1 month ago by CaliSnow
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Nothing special I just enjoyed the characters. It was a PG book with some X rated moments. There were too many inconsistencies in several characters to make the book believable or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Buyer beware
2.0 out of 5 stars Started slow-got better as the story went on-But for me the book ...
Started slow-got better as the story went on-But for me the book was almost half through before it picked up.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Noschese
4.0 out of 5 stars Good character development though the reader may not like every ...
Good character development though the reader may not like every character. Would be pretty dull reading if all characters were
too wonderful to be true. Read more
Published 2 months ago by June Coghlan
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Published 2 months ago by Pam Simmons
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More About the Author

A graduate of the screenwriting program at the University of Southern California's film school, Morgan Richter has worked in production on several TV shows, including "Talk Soup" and "America's Funniest Home Videos", and has contributed pop culture reviews and essays to websites such as TVgasm and Forces of Geek, as well as to her own site, Preppies of the Apocalypse. She is the owner and founder of Luft Books, an independent publishing company, and the author of BIAS CUT, LONELY SATELLITE, CHARLOTTE DENT, WRONG CITY, DEMON CITY, and PREPPIES OF THE APOCALYPSE. BIAS CUT won a silver medal in the Mystery category at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) and was a 2012 semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). CHARLOTTE DENT was a 2008 ABNA semi-finalist; LONELY SATELLITE was a 2014 ABNA quarter-finalist. Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, she currently lives in New York City.

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