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The Cutting Crew

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The small team of policemen never even identified the dead girl and, for the officers involved, her murder came to symbolize everything that was wrong with the city—a haphazard sprawl of commerce and indifference. Four months on, that group is in disarray. Sean has disappeared into the city's black heart and not returned, and Martin is separated from his job, his wife, and ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Orion
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Jun 11, 2007 Nicky rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: edgy city types in search of the darker side
When you look too closely at a city, you shouldn't be suprised when it starts to look back.

This is a complex, twisting story about a tainted hero who is painfully learning the consequences of taking justice into his own hands when the law appeared to be letting him down. Gradually his position as the main character in the story is usurped by the city itself, an awakening beast that twists apparently unconnected lives to fit the pattern of the oldest legends.

An unpredictable plotline, but an even
Jun 02, 2017 Amelia rated it really liked it
This only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was slow at the beginning and took a while to get into the story. But other than that it had a great story.
Sarah Watson
Jun 25, 2017 Sarah Watson rated it it was ok
odd, very odd & a little hard work
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Feb 11, 2017 Luke Walker rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one - the plot was complex but not overly so and the 'where's this going?' factor was pretty much non-stop. Some great characters and action, too. Recommended.
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May 12, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
Steve Mosby’s The Cutting Crew is a crime novel with a twist. It’s not really science fiction, in that the book seems like it is in the contemporary era, though its timing is not stated, and it clearly set in this world. However, the nameless city seems other worldly to some degree, divided into sixteen districts, each named after an animal, and each with its own characteristics. Myth has it that the city was founded by eight brothers. Mosby’s narrative is dominated by two elements – the city an ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-concept
I'm compromising on the rating for this. In many respects, this was going to be a five star review, but at the end things took a weird turn and it felt more like a 3 star review. I loved the basic premise and the first 90% of the book. Things took a weird turn right near the end, and it was well written and well done but felt like I had stumbled into a different book. The writing was very good, the characters engaging and story moved along quite quickly. It was the last bit that I was uncertain ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Jo rated it it was ok
I've loved all of this author's other books but this one was a struggle to get through. It simply didn't hold my attention, possibly due to the self-conscious use of metaphors, or possibly due to the sci-fi setting that resembled the layout of The Hunger Games.

There was a weird kind of historic legend running through the plot and, but for the presence of ATMs, it could have been set in any decade.

There were also some large plot holes that never got filled in.
Sep 04, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok
This book didn't live up to my expectations. There was something missing and I think it was pace. There was too much of the main characters internal dialogue and not enough action. Not really a page turner. Having finished one chapter I didn't feel compelled to rush onto the next one to find out what happens.
Jul 17, 2014 Bennie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-mystery
A little slow at the beginning, but moves along quickly after than. Good payoff at the end.
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