Cut Out

by Fergus McNeill

Part of the DI Harland Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Cut Out

An extraordinary, well-written, fast-moving and intelligent murder mystery.  It is a tale of obsession and murder, both premeditated and unintentional, the contrasts are intriguing.  The fine line between sanity and insanity is beautifully drawn.  We follow a reclusive computer geek, Matt, his obsession in the flat beneath, Nigel, Nigel’s girlfriend Laura, the police and a seedy photographer.  It is a tale with two strands and a horrific murder early on.  As the strands slowly link so the gradual build becomes nail-biting, leaving you desperately turning pages to a conclusion you really won’t see coming. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst

Cut Out Synopsis

Nigel never meant for it to happen. At first, he just wanted to be Matt's friend. But when he discovers he can hear what is going on in the flat below him, his fascination with his new neighbour drifts into obsession. Rearranging his furniture to recreate the layout of the rooms downstairs. Buying the same clothes, going through his post, his things. Becoming Matt without him ever knowing. And it would have been all right, if Matt hadn't brought the girl home. When things spiral out of control, Detective Inspector Harland has to unravel the disturbing truth. But there's far more to the case than meets the eye ...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781444739749
Publication date: 23rd April 2015
Author: Fergus McNeill
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Fergus McNeill Press Reviews

Praise for EYE CONTACT:


'A chilling game of cat and mouse that should keep you awake long after bedtime. DI Harland is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of British detectives.'
-Peter Robinson


'Seamlessly elegant high concept crime novel. Brilliant - loved every minute of it.'

-Sophie Hannah


'Let's welcome Fergus McNeill to the ranks of British Crime fiction innovators; he has found a darker shade of noir.'

-Quintin Jardine


'Creepy, compelling and completely convincing.'

-Erin Kelly, author of THE POISON TREE


'A gripping first novel.'
-Irish Independent


'A tense, compelling and truly unputdownable read ... EYE CONTACT is a novel that will have the reader losing track of time. It also ends on an atypical note, adding to its originality.'



'A great read and a chillingly clever insight into the mind and motives of a killer. Brian McGilloway A tense police procedural from a new author with a promising future in crime fiction.'

-Choice magazine


'A very impressive debut novel' ****.'

-Star magazine

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ISBN: 9781444739749
Publication date: 23/04/2015
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444739718
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Format: Hardback

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About Fergus McNeill

Fergus McNeill is the author of Eye Contact and Knife Edge. As well as writing crime novels, he has been creating computer games since the early eighties, writing his first interactive fiction titles while still at school. Now running an app development studio, Fergus lives in Hampshire with his wife and teenage son.     Author photo © Cameron McNeill

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