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The Red Road (Alex Morrow Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Mina
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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"Mina paints an overwhelmingly powerful picture of child abuse and the legacy that blights the lives of its victims for ever. Rose is brilliantly drawn - she's vulnerable but not pathetic, bubbling with rage yet desperate for someone, anyone to love her." (RADIO TIMES)

A brilliantly plotted tale that segues between past and present, The Red Road is a "tartan noir" police procedural to rival Ian Rankin's best work, as Mina blends the harsh realities facing Glasgow's underprivileged kids with the salubrious world inhabited by the city's legal and financial wizards. The chief appeal, however, is Alex Morrow herself, a meticulously crafted character of depth and substance who succeeds in a patriarchal environment by virtue of her intelligence, persistence and humanity. (IRISH TIMES)

Mina is a dab hand at constructing complex reads in which corruption permeates all levels of society and no one is left untainted, and THE RED ROAD is no exception: unsentimental, unsettling, and very, very good. (GUARDIAN)

This hugely engrossing tale of murder, corruption and lies in Glasgow manages to successfully tackle the political as well as the personal and might be Mina's finest novel. (METRO)

Mina's crime novels are doing for Glasgow what Rebus did for Edinburgh: these fine mysteries also dig into the life of a city. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

The plot is as compelling as it is intricate. Denise Mina grows in assurance and becomes more accomplished with every book; and this one is a cracker, beautifully worked-out, every scene serving a purpose... I suggest you may want to go back to savour the details, for this is that rare thing, a crime novel that invites, and benefits from, a second reading. (Allan Massie THE SCOTSMAN)

The Glasgow author's 11th novel and her fourth to feature DI Alex Morrow is one of my favourite current crime stories. It's a brilliant, morally complex look at child abuse, police cover-up and corruption. Uncompromising and written with real psychological depth. (BIG ISSUE)

Old sins cast long shadows in this thriller that proves Mina deserving of the praise being heaped upon her. (BELLA)

All Denise Mina's books combine good reading with interesting sociological insights... Mina has a social worker's understanding of life at the bottom of society and a fine writer's ability to bring her characters to life. (LITERARY REVIEW)

Mina has created another slick and thoughtful crime thriller ... Mina invites us to see through the eyes of its criminals and victims while bringing together poignant themes about injustice and the vulnerable people in society (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

"Denise Mina's atmospheric novel is strongly characterised and deftly paced." (David Evans INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

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Power, abuse, love gone horribly wrong - and a crime that stretches back two decades...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409140717
  • Publisher: Orion (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,458 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitched And Bothered 18 Mar. 2014
Denise Mina is one of my favorite authors and I have many. It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book, but when I did I could not put it down. This can be a stand alone book, but it much easier to fall into the flow of the book to understand the intracacies of the family and police

DI Alex Morrow loves her job in the Glasgow CID. Her last big case ended up with her putting her ex-partner behind bars. That put a crimp in her career, but this new case may give her some momentum. She is testifying about the sale of arms to criminals in Pakistan and is brought into another investigation about her case involving her prisoner, Michael Brown. His fingerprints are found at a recent murder, and he was in jail at the time. This could not be, and Alex needs to figure this out. What a mess she finds herself in, and her brother becomes involved in this case. Alex has one year old twins, her husband is the caretaker, and it sounds like the poor man is becoming very tired at this role. Money is tight, and Alex is busy, a woman torn between her children and her job.

On the other end is the criminal group who have become the mastermind behind the on-going gun running, money laundering in this vicinity. Moving from 1997 to the present, we are given the history of some of the people involved in this group. Their real lives and loves, and it does not stop with the criminals, as you begin to suspect some legal and police minds are in this mix. This is a fast paced novel with many characters to get to know. On the whole this is a convoluted and complicated series, and, as the last page unfolds, we wonder, will DI Alex Morrow continue in her line of work?

Recommended. prisrob 03-17-14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Not a popular read. Most people found it a very confusing story that was difficult to understand. We all found it difficult to connect with characters and thought it was probably a book that needed to be read in a short period of time I.e a holiday read. "It was a bit like an episode of Taggart "was a fitting description .
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect crime 18 July 2013
I'm really enjoying Mina's Alex Morrow series. Morrow is a believable DI, nagged by the real problems of work and life (and especially a half-brother who's a mid ranking Glasgow gangster) but not spiralling into police-novel burnout: sometimes she gets home in time to bath her kids, sometimes she doesn't, but whichever it is she's rooted, compassionate but never overwhelmed by the grim flotsam of urban policing.

And it is grim. Mina doesn't dodge that. Here, Morrow has to unpick what looks at first like a classic cerebral detective mystery - a set of fingerprints have turned up where they just can't be. However (despite going back to 1997) it's a puzzle with roots in the sort of sick child exploitation that's filling the headlines right now. Morrow's a good detective, but she feels her position is weak - she's not liked after she uncovered a bribery scandal in her station, and whatever the answer turns out to be - whether sloppy forensic work, corruption, or cover-up - it threatens a high profile case, and you feel that can't be good for her.

Mina constructs a perfect plot round the two timelines, swooping between 1997 and the present and tying everything up so you see just what the consequences of the earlier events were - good, as well as bad - and how high the stakes are for those involved. It's deftly done and repays close attention as characters come and go. In the end, the story is as much about why as what her characters did - acts of sudden violence, of unexpected compassion, of revenge and gratitude - and this is knotty to unpick, because none of these turn out as might be expected.

This is a great book, better I think than the last in the series,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh 8 Jan. 2015
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Red Road is a police procedural murder story. It's Tartan Noir. I hadn't realised when I began reading that this is the fourth outing for DCI Alex Morrow and so I might have missed some of the backstory, but the book still stood up in its own right.

As so often in these Scottish detective pieces, the lead detective is an outsider with regard to office politics and has personal connections with the story that start to generate conflicts of interest. The plot itself is a little far fetched and relies on one big event that is revealed late in the piece - but seemed to be pretty obvious right from the first few chapters. The surprises as they come tend not to be surprising. The cast seems too large; everyone seems to be involved in some shape or form (I can't remember any red herrings) and seems to involve a lot of frenetic activity for fairly opaque reasons.

The depiction of the Red Road flats is evocative, if somewhat fleeting to have given the book its title. There are also atmospheric scenes on the Isle of Mull, and some of the grander houses in and around Glasgow. The characterisation is also better than average, particularly a hippy in a castle and an aristocratic defence counsel. The structure also works, with plenty of cliffhangers ending chapters to keep the pages turning quickly. But overall it is just a bit meh; you feel you've read books like it before and will read books like it again. It is too convoluted, too clever-clever and when it reaches its denouement it just feels a little bit too late.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The red road
Very well constructed plot and conveyed Morrows dilemmas very powerfully. Gripping to the end. Well written with very fine characterization.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Shevlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not one of Denise Mina better stories needed more blood and guts, and more powerful characters.
Published 3 months ago by tricia smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab! A++++
Published 4 months ago by DmCg
3.0 out of 5 stars The red road
This book was recommended by friends and although it has mixed reviews from them I enjoyed it. I have given 3 stars as it was a good story, the characters were believable and the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by laura gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend credibility a little and just enjoy the ride
I found the way that the book was written to be a little confusing at the beginning but it passed my 50 page test ( I always give a book 50 pages to grab me) and proved to be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. John Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Really well written and well plotted
Excellent. Really well written and well plotted.
Published 5 months ago by Jan Andersson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker
Mina never disappoints. An other cracker of a story. Particularly poignant as I read it during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony controversy.
Published 5 months ago by Nanook of the North
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old Glasgow stuff! Magic.
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Docherty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Written with detail and some clever phrasing.
Published 6 months ago by alan thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff
The last line of this hard-nosed crime novel made me laugh out loud, which doesn't happen often.

I read this in the course of one evening, but rather agree with the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Allen
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