Cut Out (Paperback)Patrick Lennon (author)
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Afghanistan. Every year, an assignment for thousands of British personnel. Some of them bring back more than memories.
TV producer Dan Simmons wants to film it all. He finds a regiment about to be deployed to the Afghan war on a radical anti-heroin operation. He gets himself embedded. He shoots some film. Then he shoots himself.
The Ministry of Defence spin machine goes into motion and puts Military Police captain Stef Maguire under pressure to file it all away. But Maguire has heard the TV man's dying words and they lead her to someone called Tom Fletcher. Ex-cop, ex-PI, now Fletcher is living the perfect life in a house in the country. A very isolated house.
Fletcher doesn't know why the TV man shot himself. But some very dangerous people think otherwise. And when they begin to threaten Fletcher's family, it's time for him to act.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
Powerful, descriptive, atmospheric . . . CUT OUT is part of a series, but easily works as a standalone . . . Lennon is a natural storyteller, with an eye for his setting - the bleak Fens and the depressing small towns, alongside the barely suppressed tension in the barracks . . . The ending blasts out of a clear blue sky, with some sharp and shocking switchbacks. * www.reviewingtheevidence.com *
A brutal examination of betrayal by an author who knows how to show exactly what his characters are putting in jeopardy * Natasha Cooper, author and book critic *
A really exhilarating page turner * Eurocrime.co.uk *
Richly imaginative...could just possibly turn Tom Fletcher into another Morse * The Times on STEEL WITCHES *
A terrific climax...A breadth to the story that is captivating, as well as some finely drawn characters and lovely language, but the star must be the fantastic landscape * Tangled Web on STEEL WITCHES *
An intelligent and well-written examination of prejudice and paranoia, misogyny, jealousy and fear * Times Literary Supplement on STEEL WITCHES *
The undoubted strengths of this book are Lennon's storytelling and his ability to ramp up the atmosphere...a truly tense ending...If you're a fan of Jim Kelly, you should give Lennon's books a try...an unusual and exciting slant * Reviewingtheevidence.com on STEEL WITCHES *
Multi-layered and deeply satisfying...an engaging series character with a genuine emotional life * Shotsmag on CORN DOLLS *
A writer to watch * Mark Billingham *
The reader ends up in a rather emotional state...becoming increasingly agitated...a delightfully unexpected twist...an extremely enjoyable book * eurocrime.co.uk on STEEL WITCHES *
A great read that mixes politics, historical pageantry, resentment and revenge in a seemingly quiet Cambridge village. Highly recommended * Sarah Broadhurst on CORN DOLLS *
A strong series debut . . . evocative . . . a sharp plot which canters towards an explosive finish * Tangled Web on CORN DOLLS *
More than an echo of The Wicker Man...entirely believable - this strange village in the middle of one of the UK's bleakest regions...A thoroughly gripping page-turner. Lennon marries the unusual Russian angle very slickly with the remote village and its odd traditions...If you're a fan of Jim Kelly's Fenland series, you shouldn't miss CORN DOLLS. It's a fabulous first novel. * reviewingtheevidence.com on CORN DOLLS *
A new author and a new character . . . both have great promise . . . well worth following * Publishing News on CORN DOLLS *
PI Tom Fletcher of the highly atmospheric CORN DOLLS returns in another Cambridgeshire tale...a great character * Bookseller *
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