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The Cut

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Mismatched pairs are a staple of crime fiction, and the protagonists in Chris Brookmyre’s new thriller about the movie business become the unlikeliest of pals. He teams Millie, a 70-year-old former horror film makeup artist, with Jerry, a dreadlocked black college student who loves the horror genre. Their humour, shared movie references and sense of adventure make for a highly entertaining story. Millie’s been in a Scottish prison for decades for murdering her lover, and now someone’s trying to kill her. What does she know? Millie and Jerry criss-cross Europe to revisit crew from the last film she worked on, while a set of mystery men is in hot pursuit.

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