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The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor Picador Classic

by Cameron McCabe

Part of the Picador Classic Series

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

First published in 1937 by an author whose identity long remained mysterious (and chose as his name that of his main character), this is both a particularly ingenious puzzle of a murder mystery and also a whole re-examination of crime writing methodology and principles. Lest that sounds overly pretentious, it's also great fun as you weave your way through a tale of malfeasance and betrayal set in the London film business, with femmes fatales, untrustworthy narrator, red herrings strewn like banana skins across the whole plot, a dogged police investigator, a series of tricky endings that contradict each other, followed by an epilogue which brings all that came before and was apparently resolved into question while deceptively writing its own reviews and muddying the reader's whole perception. A delightful piece of sleight of hand and dazzling when you consider when it was written. A timely reissue. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor Picador Classic Synopsis

With an introduction by Jonathan Coe 1930s King's Cross, London. When aspiring film actress Estella Lamare is found dead on the cutting-room floor of a London film studio, Cameron McCabe finds himself at the centre of a police investigation. There are multiple suspects, multiple confessors and, as more people around him die, McCabe begins to perform his own amateur sleuth-work, followed doggedly by the mysterious Inspector Smith. But then, abruptly, McCabe's account ends ...Who is Cameron McCabe? Is he victim? Murderer? Novelist? Joker? And if not McCabe, who is the author of The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor?

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The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor Picador Classic Press Reviews

'The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor is a weird, funny, perverse exercise in literary messing-about. It's a murder mystery that pulls the rug from under the reader, then pulls the floor from under the rug, then questions whether the floor was even there. It's a great, and baffling, experience, and the less you know about it beforehand, the better.' -- Mark Watson

'A dazzling ... unrepeatable box of tricks ... The detective story to end all detective stories' -- Julian Symons

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ISBN: 9781509829811
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509829811
Publication date: 8th September 2016
Author: Cameron McCabe
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Classic crime,

About Cameron McCabe

Though The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor was first published in 1937, the true identity of its author remained a mystery until 1974 when it was discovered that the well-known German sexologist, jazz musician and critic Ernest Borneman was 'Cameron McCabe'. Borneman died in 1995.

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