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  • Audio CD: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (29 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611130212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611130218
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,830,942 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.

Author photo (c) Colin McPherson

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One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years (Ian Rankin)

A literary West Lothian question: why do Scottish writers dominate British crime fiction? With Denise Mina at least, the answer is pure class (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Confirms Mina's place in the premier division ... atmospheric, intense and full of the disturbing flavour of inner-city lowlife (GUARDIAN)

Powerful, passionate and compelling. Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence (Mark Billingham)

The plot is unrolled artfully ... the writing is lucid, and the minor characters breathe with an almost Dickensian life (SUNDAY TIMES)

Splendidly written ... magnificently readable (THE TIMES)

Something special ... A tour de force (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

Remember the name. This is a major talent heading for the top (LITERARY REVIEW)

One of Denise Mina's many attractions is her willingness to take risks with her characters. She delves deeper than most into emotions, whether of the police, victims or perpetrators; she eschews the usual formula of crime fiction....The financial and moral disintregration of families, the iniquities of the class system and prostitution all play a role. Mina's best (THE TIMES)

Thoughful attention to detail take the novel to another level...Scotland has produced some seriously good crime writers; The End of the Wasp Season places Denise Mina alongside Ian Rankin and Val McDermid (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Miss your bus stop....reading The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina, a gripping tale tracing the links between an elite private school, the suicide of a millionaire banker and the shocking murder of a wealthy young woman (GRAZIA)

Denise Mina is one of Scotland's most impressive crime writers. This dark, angry novel doesn't offer easy thrills or the intellectual diversion of a whodunnit. Instead it focusses on its deeply flawed characters, their motivations and the world they live in ... undeniably powerful (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A savage murder with no apparent motive - DS Morrow's most challenging case brings her work and home lives dangerously close...

From the two-time winner of the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 21 Sept. 2012
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I read this book with some friends as part of a book club. I really enjoyed it as I love murder mysteries and this is a bit different as you know who was involved with the murder from the start and some of the characters are portrayed in enough detail to make them believable. The murder is really secondary to the exploration of the impact of family life on children - for the good and bad! When we discussed it at the book club we came to different conclusions about who had actually committed the murder. Several of us read parts of it again and still couldn't really tell who did it. This was a bit annoying and, for me, it moved the book from a 5* to a 4*. I wish the author had made it a bit clearer - or maybe I am missing the point and it is like this on purpose - still annoying though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CMickell on 26 Sept. 2012
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I'm not a great reader of detective fiction but I found Denis Mila's book both fascinating and literate. She skillfully brings us into very different worlds: the family of the super rich disgraced financier; the harassed pregnant detective with her shifty family background; the struggling but proud single mother living in Glasgow's tough Castlemilk estate and the in-fighting world of the Glasgow police station. All are lightly but very evocatively drawn and pulled toghether by the shocking murder and its investigation. A very satisfying read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By john H on 20 May 2011
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mina is a very talented writer , wonderful with characters and i thought at the beginning this book was going to be perfect and break the sterotyped mould again . But it just falls apart; she gives thanks at the beginning to friends "for sorting out the second half of this book which was , ahem , a bit messy". It is still a mess and the chief reason , i think , is her failure with the Catholic public school boy whose father has hanged himself . i am not giving anything away : the problem is there is nothing to give away . you might enjoy it more if you don't assume it is a crime story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damo Green on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
This had a strong opening with a very well written murder scene and a family funeral for the police heroine that opened up lots of questions. The guilty are identified very early on so this isn't a whodunit more a bit of a police procedural. It focuses mainly on the life of one of the guilty children (well written but a bit clichéd in its portrayal of extravagant wealth but no love) and the police and family politics that Alex Morrow has to contend with. I didn't really warm to the heroine, rather my favourite character was the cleaning lady and her family.

I had a couple of plot issues with this - what Detective Sergeant in Glasgow, with its sectarian issues, would not be aware of the confessional seal that priests uphold? Also, would the father of a co-accused be allowed talk alone to the other conspirator in a prison?

However it was a decent read (despite the facile and unnecessary last page) and I would read more in the series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrician on 10 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
When I started reading this I wondered how I had missed discovering Mina earlier, as I am always on the lookout for intelligent crime novels. I won't go into great detail about the plot or standard of writing as others have done so, but I found it thoroughly compelling...up until the last few chapters when it fell apart. It becomes muddled, bitty & confused, leaving the impression that Mina did not know how to resolve & dovetail the various plotlines & attempts to hide this fact through various narrative tricks. The last minute twist is unconvincing & does not work at all. I was left feeling disappointed & quite indignant, to have followed the story so avidly & with such anticipation only to be let down at the end.
As someone else here has pointed out, Mina does thank people in the acknowledgements for 'sorting out the second half of this book, which was, ahem, a bit messy.' It is still messy, & the last chapters more than a bit, I'm afraid.
I shall try another of her books as it was so promising to begin with; but I'm not optimistic because surely one of the hardest part of writing, especially crime writing, is drawing everything together into a satisfactory conclusion, & a good writer has the ability to do that.
Well, I have tried another of her books & the same thing happened: it was very good but fizzled out towards the end. I couldn't be bothered to read the last few pages - such a disappointment. It puzzles me that she gets a lot of good reviews. But I won't be reading another.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Rae on 17 Dec. 2012
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This is a competent police procedural, but there are too many shop-worn characters and plot devices to make it stand out. You've got the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold, the cop-who-has-to-fight-the-system, the drunken-priest-who-takes-the-murderer's-confession....need I to go on? Reasonably well-written, it's ok if you can see past the the formulaic characters.
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Got this from the library as I was looking for new writers. What a stupid book, and what an irritating writer. I really don't care for writers who have so little in terms of 'plot' that they have to use 'literary' devices like suddenly switching topic in the middle of the crime scene. Who cares whether the baby in her stomach gave a twinge or six? I'm not reading a maternity manual. I want to read a fast moving detective thriller. Every single time she gets to a point where the book is getting interesting, she inserts her private s***ty life. If there was that much going for the plot, she wouldn't have to do that. In addition, what a load of pretentious rubbish. How on earth the end hung together with the beginning, I have no idea. It appears that she didn't either.
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