Gods and Beasts

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Orion Books Limited, 2012 - Detective and mystery stories - 291 pages
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A Glasgow post office one week before Christmas. Martin Pavel cowers on the floor, his eyes locked on those of a terrified child. Above them a masked gunman wields an AK47 while the boy's grandfather calmly volunteers to help the robber gather the money. Then the old man stands passively, hands by his sides, while the gunman raises the barrel and shoots him to shreds. Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the investigation. Why did the grandfather offer his help? Was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past? Morrow's enquiries lead her to the door of Kenny Gallagher, a politician fighting for his political life - and his marriage - after he's publicly accused of having an affair with a young employee. And unknown to Morrow a temptation too great to resist leads two of her colleagues, DCs Leonard and Wilder, to make a rash decision and leaves them at the mercy of a ruthless blackmailer. The complicity of an old man in his own death, a promiscuous politician and a bag of untraceable money - one city, three crimes and a powerful connection that runs from Glasgow's dark criminal underworld to the international spheres of the super rich.

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Anyway, it was a pleasure to read Mina's prose. - Goodreads
Ms. Mina's writing is absolutely outstanding. - Goodreads
In Denise Mina's prose not a sentence is wasted. - Goodreads

Review: Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow #3)

User Review  - Ann Keller - Goodreads

How far does corruption reach? You'll find yourself asking this over and over again as you read this book. Filled with suspense and gritty images, Gods and Beasts provides the reader with a startling ... Read full review

Review: Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow #3)

User Review  - CarolineFromConcord - Goodreads

Mina creates good plots and multifaceted characters, the details about whom are artfully developed. But she has a pretty dystopian view of the world -- Glasgow in particular. So when our heroine ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an engineer, her family moved twenty-one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. After leaving school at sixteen and a run of poorly paid jobs, she went on to study Law at Glasgow University and researched a PhD thesis at Strathclyde. Misusing her grant, she stayed at home and wrote her first novel, Garnethill, which was published in 1998 and won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for best first crime novel. Since 1998 she has written seven further novels, including most recently, Still Midnight. She also writes comics and in 2006 wrote her first play, 'Ida Tamson' . As well as all of this she writes short stories and is a regular contributor to TV and radio. In 2012 THE END OF THE WASP SEASON won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

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