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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135302
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Tough, muddled, funny and compassionate, Maureen is a heroic figure as she bumbles doggedly across the paths of pimps and police, psycopaths and judges, aided by her devoted friends ... Not to be missed. (Joanna Hines GUARDIAN)

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'Denise Mina is set to carve a niche for herself as the crown princess of crime' Val McDermid

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Those who have already followed the exploits of Maureen O'Donnell in "Garnethill" and "Exile" only need to know that this third book in the trilogy is now out in paperback. Anyone who hasn't yet encountered Denise Mina's wry, atmospheric take on crime fiction should do themselves a favour and read the books in order, as they are interlinked.
Once again expect dry wit, razor-sharp dialogue, lifelike characters and Glasgow as the natives see it. Also, there's a twist in the tail which may surprise you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gherkingirl on 2 Nov 2006
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I'm reviewing Resolution as its the final one in the trilogy, but you have to take all 3 novels together to get the sheer brilliance of the Garnethill books. I read them a wee while ago now and I would definitely rate them as some of the best books I have read, not just the best crime books I have read. They are phenomeonal!

They have a fantastic heroine in Maureen with a good grasp of tragedy, comedy, self-deprecation and humour. The surrounding characters are well drawn and engaging. Glasgow comes to life perfectly with its real mix of unpleasantess, big city pride, history and new found class...and in a twist made even more brilliant by its simplicity...the person concerned with the crimes is herself a victim of crime and therefore exactly what's needed to show the pain and misery and after effects that crime and fear have. You see it like it is and hear it like it is with Maureen and its pretty hard-going in places, but I like a book that challenges me...

These aren't your average run-of-the-mill starts with a murder kind of books; they're too smart and complex for that! You'll be made to think about crime, fear, mental illness, friendship, family, religion, authority and human nature, all bound together with a sly banter and wit to stop it all becoming too worthy. In less skilled hands these issues would have you jumping off the next bridge, in Mina's hands they have you turning the pages like a blur and ordering the next novel before you've finished this one.

Each of the three is quite different in style; Resolution has the most big twists and surprises, more like a traditional crime novel. Exile is poignant and unpleasant, while Garnethill is bold and upfront.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
Having just finished the third book in the trilogy, after reading them back to back - I'm compelled to write a recommendation. Denise Mina brings to life a range of characters and I particularly liked Maureen - how refreshing to have such a flawed 'heroine' with very real problems of her own solving the mysteries. She's sharp, very human and spunky and I can't remember the last time I warmed to a character in a book to this extent. Mina touches on many complex themes in all the books - mental illness, child abuse, alcoholism and the seemy underworlds of London and Glasgow, and unlike other authors in this genre manages to be very credible. Definitely the best crime books I've read recently.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 25 Oct 2009
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Disappointing. Everything is wrapped up very neatly in this final part of Mina's trilogy. The ending smacks more of wish fulfillment rather than truth. As with 'Garnethill', I don't really understand why this trilogy is considered to be Crime fiction. The crime aspect is soft-pedaled throughout and there is no mystery to speak of. Finding Maureen easier to empathise with in 'Exile', this time I found her as irritating as I did in 'Garnethill'. Though perhaps this is down to the fact that while Maureen's personality appears to be realistic, the other characters come across as almost cartoon-like and not like real people. Everyone is perhaps too off the wall to make the world Mina creates one to be believed in. Judging by the reviews for all three books I'm obviously in the minority when it comes to finding this set of books unsatisfying. Though that's exactly how I feel after reading them.
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After reading this book I was sad it was finished. I suppose being a girl from glasgow made the story more enjoyable for me but the mere fact it is a fiction book was remarkably true to life. Well done Denise Mina, another great story..
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar 2002
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the first two novels in this trilogy largely on the strength of the excellent characterisation. I also admired Mina's ability to deal with difficult issues, such as incest and alcoholism, in non-moralistic and non-judgemental way.
Unfortunately 'Resolution' left me feeling decidedly uncomfortable as the author strays from her neutral position, and rewards her central character's vigilante behaviour with a happy ending.
Also, as with the first two novels in the trilogy, I felt that the 'Resolution' suffered from a fairly weak plot. The clues were laid on far too thickly and the twist in the tale was easy to guess quite early in the book.
I think that Denise Mina is a talented new writer. She creates compelling characters that kept me hooked despite my reservations.
Characterisation obviously comes easily for Mina, but I think that her novels need a more even balance between characterisation and plot.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norseman on 23 Jan 2013
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What a great ending to a very engaging trilogy! Denise Mina continues to develop her characters into potential small screen stars!! Her ear for the spoken word is very good and her descriptive powers improve with each book. The Garnet Hill 'suite' will delight lovers of crime - especially those who enjoy Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie stories. I deliberately read these three books before trying her recent works and I am very happy that I did. I would encourage readers to devour all three in rapid succession. There is a plot that is excellent and sustained, characters that grow with each chapter and scenarios that develop beautifully. Still got the rubbish proof-readers but I am willing to overlook them - why? - because I am delighted that Denise has finished off a great story (in three great books) with a brilliant ending. Read and enjoy!!!
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