Straight Cut by Madison Smartt Bell
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A film editor takes a job in Italy only to find that half of the gig is cutting film, while the other half is moving uncut dope Freelance film editor Tracy Bateman has hit a string of bad luck. His country home is crumbling, his marriage is floundering, and his beloved dog just died. But things begin looking up for Tracy when a film producer and old friend, Kevin Carter, offers him a truckload of money to help with a job in Italy. Despite his suspicions over the job’s legitimacy and doubts about Kevin’s trustworthiness, Bateman accepts. But when he gets to Italy, things quickly spin out of control. Bateman has been maneuvered into a deadly plot involving his ex, a few suitcases of heroin, and some of the sleaziest members of Europe’s underworld. Straight Cut is one of Bell’s purest thrillers, and a wild, hard-boiled romp through the bars and backrooms of 1980s Europe.
 

About Madison Smartt Bell

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Madison Smartt Bell was born and raised in Tennessee; he studied at Princeton University and Hollins College. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, the University of Southern Maine, Goucher College, and as a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Much of his writing, which reflects a concern with race relations, has been critically acclaimed. Bell was awarded the 1989 Lillian Smith Award for Soldier's Joy. His 1996 historical novel All Soul's Rising was nominated for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. All Soul's Rising, which depicts the slave uprising in Haiti in the late eighteenth century, also led to his selection to the Granta's list of Best Young American Novelists. His books include The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), Waiting for the End of the World (1985), Straight Cut (1986), The Year of Silence (1987), Zero dB (1987), Soldier's Joy (1989), Barking Man (1990), Doctor Sleep (1991), Save Me, Joe Lewis (1993), and All Soul's Rising (1996). His short stories have been frequently anthologized, including selection for the annual Best American Short Stories for 1984, 1987, 1989, and 1990. Bell teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by Open Road Media. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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