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Straight Cut

(1986)
A novel by

 
 
An American film editor is caught up in Europe’s drug underworld in a “spare and cinematic” character study by the award-winning author of Soldier’s Joy (Time).
 
Tracy Bateman eeks out a meager existence as a freelance film editor. Other than alcohol, his closest companion is a dog dying of cancer. And his wife, Lauren, is off with his friend Kevin, who’s also his occasional employer. Prospects are grim, but on the day Tracy decides to relieve his dog of his misery, Kevin calls with a job offer.
 
The pay is double what it should be and would take him to Rome. Tracy suspects there’s a side job involving drugs, something he and Kevin have dabbled in before with minimal success. But when Lauren shows up with a suitcase full of cash, he sends her home and decides to finish the job on his own. It will take all of his skill to not end up on the cutting floor.
 
Praised by Walker Percy as “not only high entertainment, but high pleasure to read,” Straight Cut is a “winning novel” that further cements Bell’s acclaimed literary reputation (Time).

Genre: Mystery

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September 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
ISBN: 0-89919-438-9 / 978-0-89919-438-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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January 1900 : UK Hardback
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
ISBN: 0-7011-3164-0 / 978-0-7011-3164-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Bell Madison Smartt
ISBN: 0-85768-360-8 / 978-0-85768-360-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
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May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Straight Cut (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback))
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
ISBN: 0-8439-5592-9 / 978-0-8439-5592-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
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May 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Straight Cut (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
ISBN: 0-14-015386-1 / 978-0-14-015386-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
ISBN: 0-349-10022-5 / 978-0-349-10022-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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November 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
ISBN: 0-14-010471-2 / 978-0-14-010471-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Select Penguin
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Audio Editions

July 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Straight Cut
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Straight Cut (Hard Case Crime Book 21)
Author(s): Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Open Road Media
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