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A BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick

‘S
trikingly original and definitively Brookmyre – there’s nothing he can’t do’
Mick Herron

‘I recommend The Cut SO HIGHLY! A fast-paced thriller, lovely characters, [and] it kept me guessing’
Marian Keyes

The supremely entertaining, moving, and unpredictable new thriller from multi-award-winning bestseller Chris Brookmyre is a wholly original masterpiece and the best crime novel of 2021.


Millie Spark can kill anyone.

A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence.

Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed.

Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life – until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry.

Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night . . . and someone doesn’t want them to find out why.

‘A twisty spiralling rabbit hole of a book that draws you deeper with every chapter. Brilliantly original, compulsively readable, right to the final page’
Ruth Ware

‘Dark, heartfelt, stylish and thrilling, The Cut is the kind of wonderfully original tale I just adore. Chris Brookmyre is a storytelling mastermind’
Chris Whitaker

‘This is a special novel. A brilliant, original, up-to-the-minute tale with all of the dark, edgy, humorous brilliance we’ve come to expect from one of the finest crime fiction writers in the world. The Cut is simply superb’
Abir Mukherjee

Reviews

Dark, heartfelt, stylish and thrilling, The Cut is the kind of wonderfully original tale I just adore. Chris Brookmyre is a storytelling mastermind
Chris Whitaker
This is a special novel. A brilliant, original, up-to-the-minute tale with all of the dark, edgy, humorous brilliance we've come to expect from one of the finest crime fiction writers in the world. The Cut is simply superb
Abir Mukherjee
The Cut is both strikingly original and definitively Brookmyre - proving, yet again, that there's nothing he can't do in the genre
Mick Herron
A twisty spiralling rabbit hole of a book that draws you deeper with every chapter. Brilliantly original, compulsively readable, right to the final page
Ruth Ware
I could not put this stomach lurching, zig-zagging triumph of a thriller down
Scottish Field
I recommend The Cut SO HIGHLY! A fast-paced thriller set in the glamorous/seedy movie world, it's DIFFERENT. Lovely characters with the sweetest relationship, it kept me guessing
Marian Keyes
Another twisting, turning thriller that displays Brookmyre's original touch
Scotsman
It works a treat, with jokes never far away even when the odd duo are in peril, sharply drawn supporting characters and evocative 1990s flashbacks
Sunday Times
Multi-award-winning Brookmyre once again serve up a delightful cocktail of murder and mayhem with totally engaging central characters
Irish Independent
A riveting, original thriller that also tackles preconceptions about age, class and ability
Sunday Post
A smart, sassy and surprisingly tender crime novel
Irish Times