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"[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 Well done."--Publishers Weekly, an independent organization (review based on an unpublished manuscript as part of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Luft Books (September 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985976802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985976804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,598,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

It is a very good book, did not want it to end.
G. Riddle
I find myself with less and less time to read these days but once I sat down to read this book I found I wanted to find the time.
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Unusual characters, a really well done plot with some interesting twists and surprises.
Meredith

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Furio on May 25, 2013
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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 By jennykelliott on 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 By Sheesko on June 22, 2013
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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 By CandysRaves (and Rants) VINE VOICE on June 20, 2013
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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 By Heather Stewart on November 19, 2012
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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 By Dan Liebke on September 4, 2012
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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 By Jennifer Howell on 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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