Exile

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002 - Fiction - 368 pages
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In Exile, the compelling sequel to Garnethill—winner of the 1998 John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel—Denise Mina returns to Glasgow's grimmer residential precincts and the untidy life of Maureen O'Donnell. Again Maureen is confronted with a grisly case of murder. Ann Harris is nursing two broken ribs and reeking of alcohol when she visits Maureen's office at a Glasgow women's shelter two weeks before she turns up dead hundreds of miles away, under a mattress on the banks of the Thames. Maureen, eager to escape family difficulties of her own, travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. She soon finds herself treacherously out of her depth, however, in her attempt to piece together the ugly details of Ann's last days in a seedy underworld of criminal exiles and dangerous drug lords. The suspense ratchets up, as Maureen strives to save herself from Ann's fate and as Denise Mina secures her place among today's top-ranking writers of crime fiction with visceral shocks and grim wit. "Reads like a slap in the face—and a kick in the ribs and a fist in the stomach...." —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "A second powerful novel ... by a writer of stunning talent."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The danger reaches a frightening pitch that is soon surpassed by a stunning twist at the conclusion."—Rocky Mountain News "Mina offers us a complex plot with a shocking ending...."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

It took me a bit longer to get into this book than the first in the series, but about half way through I was hooked and found it hard to put down. I like Maureen O'Donnell's vigilante detective character and the supporting cast, who all have interesting story arcs of their own. Read full review

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User Review  - thart528 - LibraryThing

I really do like the way Denise Mina writes and builds a story. I do have to take a break and read something lighter in between books. Everyone is broken in some way and it takes a bit of an emotional toll. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. She initially left school at the age of 16 and worked a variety of low skilled jobs like bar maid and kitchen porter. She later returned to school and earned a law degree from Glasgow University. She has since become a crime writer and playwright. She has authored the Garnethill trilogy and three novels featuring the character Patricia Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. She has also done some comic book writing with 13 issues of Hellblazer. She won the John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel for her book, Garnethill, in 1998. She also won the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award with her title,The End of Wasp Season, in 2012.

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