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Product Details

  • Series: DI Geraldine Steel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842433563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842433560
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book could be used as a textbook on how to write a mystery novel"  —Miami Books Examiner.com

From the Back Cover

When headmistress Abigail Kirby's corpse is discovered in the woods, police are shocked to learn that her tongue was cut out while she lay dying. Then, shortly after a witness comes forward, he is blinded and murdered. With mangled bodies appearing at an alarming rate, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel must race against time to find the killer before he claims his next victim …

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Leigh Russell is an English teacher.
CUT SHORT (2009), the first in her series of British crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel, was shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Described as "a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale" by Jeffery Deaver, it was well reviewed in the UK and the US and quickly became a bestseller.
ROAD CLOSED (2010)received glowing reviews in the UK and the US and also quickly became a bestseller. Reviews can be seen on the publisher's website
http://www.noexit.co.uk/titles.php/itemcode/526
and there is more information about Leigh Russell on her author page at
http://www.noexit.co.uk/authorpages/author.php?authorcode=72
DEAD END is published in 2011.

Customer Reviews

The other characters are a good mix of flawed human beings.
Kindle Customer
While the story line could have been gripping, it was dark but did not build suspense.
Dianne
Good questions and the answers won't reveal themselves until the end.
Martha A. Cheves

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Leigh Russell's third installment of 'DI Geraldine Steel' Series we once again see Geralding thrown into a messy and disturbing case. In this particular book, headmistress Abigail Kirby is found dead in a park, but in this instance it seems that her tongue has been cut out. DI Geraldine Steel, along with her colleague Ian Peterson are put on the case, and when a potential witness is blinded and murdered, the case seems to get out of control.

I admit that I am a sucker when it comes to 'series' featuring the same people. In particular I liked Leifh Russell as I have read each of her books from her debut novel 'Road Closed'. This time around the writing is so much better as the story flows so easily. LeighRussell is a writer that is going from strength to strength with every book she writes.

I found that in the first book we didn't learn enough about Geraldine herself, or the people she worked with. In this book Geraldine's personal life seems to run alongside her career and we get to see the more emotional side to her which I loved. We also see a lot more of Ian Peterson and this is a true testemant to how much better this book is than her first.

The characters have developed so much more and as reader you feel like you are taking their life journey with them. Geraldine is far from perfect but is a complete workaholic who has some serious personal issues that can sometimes affect her judgement. It is things like this that add the touch of realism to this book.

The crimes in the book are as ususal gruesome and bloody, and extremely well detailed, without being too over the top. We see the workings of real police who make some huge errors along the way (which is always nice).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kaiser VINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
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This third book in Russell's series starring DI Geraldine Steel is well-done and intriguing. Along with the day-to-day workings of the British police system, the unexpected direction of the various crimes in this police procedural were quite interesting. As she did in her previous books, Russell doesn't just stick to one main crime, but brings other offshoots to fore. We also gain more insight into Geraldine. I'm finding her struggle with her family (I won't say more to avoid spoilers) a great window into her personality. Russell has created a complex, tough, vulnerable character in Steel, one I can't wait to get to know better and follow in future investigations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy L. Yingling on January 30, 2014
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A fast paced mystery filled with revenge and ghastly murders. Makes one truly wonder about the tangled web one weaves throughout his or her day and how those decisions could have far reaching implications. Even though this is part of a series it is also an excellent stand alone read, but I found most of the books in this series to be.

I gave it three out of five stars because I found it to be a solid reading experience. Enjoyable, well-written and satisfying. Marked by three or four issues, all-in-all not too shabby.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. Cheves on September 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Abigail's head hurt. She was afraid something was wrong with her eyes. She couldn't see anything. A heavy weight was pressing down on her chest. She fought against a feeling of nausea, and tried to turn her head but couldn't. "Hello," she croaked. No answer. She was alone in the darkness... "Hello," she called again. Her throat hurt and there was a strange smell. By now Abigail had realized she was in hospital, coming around from an operation. Nurses of all people should have known better than to leave her lying on her back. There was a risk she might choke to death if she were sick. She seemed to lie there for hours, drifting in and out of consciousness. "Hello," she called again. "Is anyone there? Please?" The light dazzled her "Am I in hospital?" she asked. Her voice sounded far away. "Are you a doctor?" "Hello, Mrs. Kirby. Mrs. Abigail Kirby." The man smiled. "How are you feeling?" He held up a syringe. Clear liquid glistened on the tip of the needle. The man leaned forward, his head framed by an aura of white light.

Those would be some of Abigail Kirby's last words. Her body would be found later in the woody part of the park with her tongue missing. Abigail left a daughter Lucy, a son Ben, a husband Matthew and a world of questions for Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel and Detective Sergeant Ian Peterson to sort through and find the answers. When another victim is found later with his eyes missing, the two detectives are still baffled and without answers. What they think might be their one and only clue comes when Lucy disappears in what the family believes to be a runaway but turns out to be a bit more. But still the clues are bleak. Will they find Lucy before something really bad happens to her?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. Sadler VINE VOICE on January 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Detective Inspector Geraldine Steele again graces the pages of Russell's latest British police procedural. Well plotted with a back story that is relevant for today's day and age, "Dead End" is another grim and gory murder that crosses her path to help Steele gain the eventual promotion to London's Metro force.
Although the story line was well paced, enthralling and the characters feel very real, both cops and victims, I feel like Russell actually missed out on a bigger picture here. True, DI Steele was investigating a murder--or two as it turns out--but I really liked the authenticity and the feel for the bereaved family and the kidnapping of the daughter by her Internet chat partner. This is just another murder mystery until you introduce the kidnapping. It almost makes me want to see the book written about the creepy developments of the abandoned teen and her running away, making the murder the back story. Although the book is fine and stands on its own merit, I was disappointed in the direction Russell took.
Hopefully with the next novel in the series, the London Metro adventure, Steele can have seen a psychiatrist and be over her depression and neurosis, because, although reflecting reality, we need our super-heroine to be back "on her game" and ready to enthrall us with powers of detection. It's okay to have a flawed antagonist, actually more entertaining when they are that way, but not when it gets in the way of the investigation. Save that for the side-kick.
Russell has a nicely developed character in the prime of her career. I'd like to see both of them continue to be successful.
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