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The Cutting Place (Maeve Kerrigan, Book 9)
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The Cutting Place (Maeve Kerrigan, Book 9) (Paperback)

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The gripping new thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author, shortlisted for the Irish Crime Book Awards 2020


Everyone's heard the rumours about elite gentlemen's clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are outrageous...and what goes on behind closed doors is darker than you could possibly imagine.


Paige Hargreaves was a young journalist working on a story about a club for the most privileged men in London. She was on the brink of exposing a shocking scandal. Then she disappeared.


DS Maeve Kerrigan must immerse herself in the club's world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour to find out what happened. But Maeve is keeping secrets of her own. Will she uncover the truth? Or will time run out for Maeve first?

Jane Casey's best book yet - and that's really saying something' Erin Kelly

'A really gripping, timely plot' Elly Griffiths

'Jane Casey is among our very best crime novelists and this is her best book' Liz Nugent

'Her best yet. Heartpounding and SO MOVING!' Marian Keyes

'Complex and gripping'

The Times

'Jane Casey is a masterful storyteller' Charlotte Philby

'The best police procedurals I've read' Claire Allan

'A superb crime novel' Sharon Bolton

'Truly the gold standard for police procedurals' Catherine Ryan Howard

'Terrifying, intense and devastatingly astut' Sarah Hilary

'Engrossing crime fiction with heart' Olivia Kiernan

'Tense, dramatic and sharply written' Sinead Crowley

'A must read' Patricia Gibney

'I ripped through it, unable to stop myself' Sam Baker

'Superb' Will Dean

'I couldn't love Maeve Kerrigan or Josh Derwent more' Cressida McLaughlin

'Pacy plotting' Sunday Times Crime Club

'Chilling and inventive'

Woman's Weekly

'Simply stunning'


'A chilling read'


Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 03/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008149116  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jane Casey has written ten crime novels for adults and three for teenagers. A former editor, she is married to a criminal barrister who ensures her writing is realistic and as accurate as possible. This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. The Maeve Kerrigan series has been nominated for many awards: in 2015 Jane won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for The Stranger You Know and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for After the Fire. In 2019, Cruel Acts was chosen as Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.

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Customer Reviews

An enjoyable crime mystery. This is the first DS Maeve Kerrigan story I have read, and it certainly won't be my last. It was well written, and easy to read; although at times it did feel that it would have been beneficial to have read the back catalogue. Body parts are discovered on the Thames shoreline, and Maeve is called upon to investigate...she eventually discovers that the deceased was a journalist named Paige Hargreaves. Before her disappearance, Paige was working on a story about the murky world of The Chiron Club, a private members only society for men. We follow Maeve as she investigates the murder and The Chiron Club, but there are also other storylines to do with Maeve's own life, and her work partner's life (DI Josh Derwent). Some of the 'extraneous' storylines feel superfluous to requirements if you read this as a standalone book, but I guess they work as connecting threads throughout the series...

- 17/06/2020
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This was a rollercoaster of a read starting with the recovery of a severed hand which leads to the investigation of a freelance journalist who it is discovered was on the trail of a scandal involving a very exclusive members club. This thriller had me hooked and I loved the pace of this, evidence was slow forthcoming yet the story still had me gripped along with the side stories relating to the private lives of the detectives. The frustration of the detectives was well written and the details they discovered about the members club were incredible yet somehow believable. There’s a real mix of characters both in the police and the people they interview. This really does leave you wondering what part each played and the ending was a real surprise.

- 16/04/2020
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Jane Casey is the multi award winning author of the superb police procedurals featuring Detective Sergeant Maeve Kerrigan and her boss/colleague Detective Inspector Josh Derwent. “The Cutting Place” is the ninth outing in the popular and absorbing series and my second after recently reading the brilliant “Cruel Acts”. Although any of these books can be read as a stand-alone, I do believe there’s a special enjoyment of following characters and even though this was only my second visit with Maeve, I truly felt it was like wearing a comfortable slipper, I was so at home with everyone and genuinely felt I knew all the characters personally. Alongside the police procedural part of the plot, we were privy to very deep personal storylines for both Maeve and Josh and it was this that had my emotions all over the place. Heartbreaking and endearing on many levels, the author did a fabulous job of weaving these into the polished and well executed criminal story involving domestic abuse and the power of men in the upper echelons of a private society. The opening chapter about the mudlarking on the Thames I found fascinating and set the scene for the story perfectly, with a grisly discovery on the banks of the river. I adore the relationship between Maeve and Josh, which swings between a friendship, work partnership and a possible but highly unlikely love affair. The comaraderie is perfect and the fact that they both respect each other to extreme points, just shows how much effort and thought Jane has endeavoured to include in her characters personas. Easy to follow, a pleasure to read and very realistic and believable I thoroughly enjoyed “The Cutting Place” from start to finish and felt quite bereft when it came to an end! An absolute genius of a masterpiece in British crime writing with the added X Factor and a series and author I intend to follow fully. I shall be reading all seven previous books and really can’t wait to get going. 5 exceptional shiny gold stars for this belter of a book.

- 09/04/2020
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The ninth instalment in the superior police procedural series featuring uptight and conscientious DS Maeve Kerrigan of the Met and her sparring partner, DI Josh Derwent, once again makes for a riveting read and tackles elite male privilege, corruption and violence against women. The novel begins a world away from wealth and entitlement when DI Josh Derwent and DS Maeve Kerrigan are called for the foreshore of the Thames after a licensed mudlarker finds a human hand and three other parts of a corpse are subsequently recovered. Faced with an uphill struggle to identify the deceased, and an autopsy that makes it clear the victim was dismembered, Derwent is called away before they can get started and in a surprising vote of confidence DCI Una Burt effectively puts Maeve in charge of the investigation. When the victim is identified as twenty-eight-year-old freelance investigative journalist, Paige Hargreaves, Maeve is keen to ascertain the potential relevance of her current focus and is catapulted into a world of wealth and influence as she is forced to break down the code of secrecy inside the Chiron Club, a notorious bastion of male privilege. As Maeve’s probing is met with curt rebuttals, a second narrative from two years earlier shows a hungover man awakening from a heavy night and met by the sickening realisation that is possibly guilty of murder. This second narrative gives a real edge to Maeve’s comprehensive dismantling of what goes on behind the doors of the Chiron Club as she gets to witness first-hand the grim realities of a ruthless society in which people are eminently dispensable, actions are without impunity and secrecy is paramount. The pitiful truth is that so much of what Jane Casey portrays is believable and not without precedent as tabloid headlines will testify. Maeve’s initial area of interest into the murder of Paige Hargreaves is soon widened as some unexpected revelations send the unfolding story in a number of unforeseen directions. Closer than most colleague, Kerrigan and Derwent bicker like siblings but trust each other instincts without hesitation and in an instalment that impacts on both of their personal lives they once again discover the value of that bond. The relationship between the duo is central to the series and for all their snipes, put-downs and cutting remarks, there is a bond that makes them fascinating to witness. For all Derwent’s bluster and Maeve’s cool exterior there is a connection and trust that makes for a winning combination. DS Maeve Kerrigan feels recognisably human and is perhaps the crime fiction protagonist that I find it easiest to empathise with, and the first-person narrative of Maeve is witty, honest, and over-sensitive. Her fixation on holding someone to account for the crimes she uncovers and ensuring that justice is done is unwavering and in a storyline that centres around an elite gentleman’s club and violence against women, Casey manages to steer impressively clear of preaching or slating the entire male species, much to her credit. A tightly-plotted, timely and pertinent police procedural written with empathy and intelligence. that recognises the value of strong characterisation and pays off admirably. Whilst I found it difficult to swallow the resolution to the instigating case of Paige’s murder into the Chiron Club in motion it did little to detract from another gripping outing for Maeve that regular readers will relish for the spotlight thrown on her intense relationship - and chemistry - with DI Josh Derwent.

- 08/04/2020
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