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Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow 3) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Mina
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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I am beginning to believe that Denise Mina is the finest contemporary exponent of British crime fiction, and that the Glasgow Detective Sergeant Alex Morrow is becoming its most interesting copper....Mina is terrific, too, at portraying the social and political backdrops that envelop her plots. (THE TIMES)

For aficionados of the genre there is a great deal to admire, not just in the elegance of the plotting... Mina's writing is lithe and spare, but alert... Readers inclined to be sniffy about genre fiction would do well to read Mina. As the parallel series progress they become more than the some of the individual novels, and metamorphose into a kind of 21st century Comedie Humaine - a excoriating look at the way that we live, and die, now. (SCOTSMAN)

GODS AND BEASTS is vintage Mina: a complex three-ply plot involving a shooting, blackmail and corruption, all described with hard-hitting prose and psychological acuity. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Denise Mina is riding high at the moment, having won the prestigious Crime Novel of the Year award for her last book, THE END OF THE WASP SEASON. It was well deserved because that novel, Mina's ninth and the second to feature Detective Superintendent Alex Morrow, was an expert psychological deconstruction of the credit crunch, as well as a page-turning police procedural to boot. If anything, GODS AND BEASTS is even better... One of the best things about her crime novels is her natural tendency to duck out of the way of the genre's clichés...real characters struggling with their jobs, their families and their lives, the same as anyone else... GODS AND BEASTS confirms Mina's place at the front of the crime-writing pack. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Ostensibly a police procedural, GODS AND BEASTS has much more to it...What the elaborate and cleverly crafted plot concerns, as Morrow identifies, is not simply detection but 'being decent'. An excellent novel. (LITERARY REVIEW)

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For aficionados of the genre thee is a great deal to admire, not just in the elegance of the plotting... Mina's writing is lithe and spare, but alert... Readers inclined to be sniffy about genre fiction would do well to read Mina. As the parallel series progress they become more than the some of the individual novels, and metamorphose into a kind of 21st century Comedie Humaine - a excoriating look at the way that we line, and die, now. (Stuart Kelly SCOTSMAN )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1279 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DMHGTU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Author photo (c) Colin McPherson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside information helps, possibly 18 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
I 'won' this book at the Orcrime 2012 festival (but had already put it on my wishlist) and I read it immediately. Perhaps hearing Denise Mina talk about the problems and development of this book enabled me to be sympathetic to the point of not noticing any disjointedness, and accepting the brief appearance of Paddy Meehan, but ultimately I was left with a considerable sense of being in the hands of a writer who could tell a gripping story and, as happened with 'The End of the Wasp Season', manipulate her readers' emotions and expectations so as to give them a thought-provoking and reverberating shock at the ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and disjointed 14 Sep 2012
By The Asp
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I love Denise Mina's books, particularly the Paddy Meehan series. THey are succinct, form an interesting narrative and always make sense. THis one though, feels very much like a Part 1 and I don't appreciate paying this amount of money for a part 1 and waiting 18 months for the next chapter. Its shoddy editing, and alot if it makes no sense. It feels like a third of the book is missing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gods and beasts doesn't grip 14 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
Not the usual high calibre Mina work. Lacking in dramatic tension. Ni sense of villainy or menace, usually Denuse Mina's trademark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one 7 Jun 2013
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Although not up to the standard of the Garnethill trilogy, this is still a good read with the usual twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best by a long shot 11 April 2013
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I have read all of Denise Mina's books and loved her earlier stuff, however, I feel that she has somehow lost her edge and could not enjoy this book as much as some her previous ones. I found it difficult to engage with the characters and the story. Maybe it's just me, but I loved her when she was more raw, even if technically maybe she was not such an assured writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside The Walls 28 Feb 2013
By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"Those who live outside the city walls, and are self sufficient, are either Gods or Beasts". Aristotle

You know the feeling you get,when you read the first paragraph of a book and you know instantly, this is a book you don't want to put down? It is so good, that one paragraph, that you are hooked, line and sinker. .That is the feeling I get with every Denise Mina book. I don't know if I want to start it, because I don't want it to end. Yes, that's the feeling.

This is the third novel featuring Detective Superintendent Alex Morrow. The first two novels were superb, but this one was even better. The only complaint, it was too short, I needed more. In this novel there are three stories that seem separate, but all come together in the end. A man is shot in a post office, his four year old grandson with him, and the man waiting in line behind the man takes the boy under cover as the shots rang out. We follow politician, Kenny Gallagher, as he fights allegations of sexual affairs. And, we meet several policemen who find themselves involved in graft, taking money from the criminals they are employed to find. All of these stories are so well executed and the characters come to life, jump right off the page.

All this time DS Morrow is trying to do her job and care for her four month old twins. Dad has become the home daddy, but DS Morrow has the shifts from 2am - 6 am. Not much sleep, but lots of joy. DS Morrow is running the shop and doing her best to gain respect from her crew. She has a lot to handle, but she is the most ethical and moral of the lot. Her brother,Danny, is one of the biggest crooks in Glasgow. DS Morrow was vetted well, it took three or more months, but she passed with flying colors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Mina's usual standard 5 Aug 2012
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I am a big fan of Denise Mina and her novels of Glasgow. This one however; was not up to the standard of her previous works. The plot seemed forced, especially putting Paddy Mehan, a character from some previous works, into the story. There was no attempt to involve the reader and all conclusions seemed pretty well telegraphed way before 'the end'. Take a look at 'The End of The Wasp Season' and you will see how well Mina can write, then compare it to this work and see why this story is disappointing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull 18 Nov 2012
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I liked Denise Mina as an author. I liked her stand alones and her series'. Given this I am shocked by just how tedious I found Gods and Beasts. This book had no meat to it and was mind numbingly dull. There were also sub-plots featuring previous characters that were frankly ridiculous and I hated, hated, hated the depiction of working class people who were drawn with a main eye on the stereotype and no love... As one of the lumpen proletariat I don't mind 'warts and all' but I really object strongly to 'warts' only. So all in all deeply offensive and patronising to readers - If you havent already spent your hard earned cash I wouldn't bother with this latest offering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Denise Mina has got me back into reading after quite ...
Denise Mina has got me back into reading after quite a long dearth of interesting reading matter. She plots really well and makes you want to get back to the book as soon as... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jan Andersson
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Alex Morrow is a great character and has me gripped.
Published 17 days ago by Nanook of the North
3.0 out of 5 stars unexceptional
i know denise mina is everyone's favorite - i find it very light reading, very schematic for me - i like fuller characters - the plotting is fine but its lack of exceptional place... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
I found this book to be quite gripping with its multi stranded plot - the shooting of Brendan Lyons in a post office, Kenny Gallagher's political and love life and attempted police... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as previous
Cliched characters. Not as good as Garnethill. Lightweight story. Sorry but liked it less than other books by same author
Published 5 months ago by Mary L.
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
The post office floor is wet twice and dusty twice within minutes, what is going on?
Kalashnikov never made a pistol.
Poor writing, poor research and poor editing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neal Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more of Alex Morrow
Can't get enough of Denise Mina's books.I have bought lots of her books and was very impressed and amused when she came to our local library.
Published 7 months ago by MARGARET PENNINGTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and clever
DS Alex Morrow has returned to work after the birth of her longed-for twins. Bannerman has been moved on and she is trying to put her team back together. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Plucked Highbrow
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Alex morrow
Good J enough read, have read better by her, didn't set the heather on fire kept going to find out what happened bit predictable
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. McKeown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Simply pleasurable to read as always Denise mina. .a legend in crime writing . Waiting for the next novel ..soon x
Published 10 months ago by cathy vernel
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