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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 bribery - and I kept reading to find out how it all tied together. In the end I was quite dissatisfied as I felt it didn't all come together and that one of the plot lines was completely irrelevant and could have been omitted completely. So, apart from the ending, this is a well written interesting read with great characters and a wonderful location.
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on 7 March 2014
Cliched characters. Not as good as Garnethill. Lightweight story. Sorry but liked it less than other books by same author
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on 8 January 2016
I throughly enjoyed this intelligent pacey Scottish crime thriller. Alex Morrow the lead detective in this series is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. A hugely relatable three dimensional character and is in this story immersed in a tale of moral charades as political and legal corruption is intertwined in a tale about how wealth and power reveal true character.
Denise Mina is a major asset to tartan noir.
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on 28 June 2016
This covers very similar terrain to much of Christopher Brookmyre's work and is of the same high standard too. Mina writes with a convincing and authentic voice about the Glaswegian underworld, steering well clear of cliche whilst keeping us engaged and entertained until the very end. A really enjoyable read.
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on 13 August 2013
Unpleasant, disjointed and almost unreadable. In fact I gave it up half way through and will probably delete it from my Kindle
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on 14 May 2013
Poor plot and I didn't care for any of the characters. Ian Rankin writes a much more convincing tale. Read him first.
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on 17 August 2015
Another complex plot from this excellent author. Loved every minute of reading this story. A few ends have been tied up but there is room for DI Morrow to return later on.
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on 11 March 2016
Disjointed, like two stories she clashed together in the last chapter. Kept reading to see if it got any better but lots of unanswered questions remained.
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on 6 January 2016
Good read
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on 22 February 2013
Since the publication of her first novel Garnethill in 1998, Denise Mina has been one of the leading lights in contemporary Scottish crime fiction, producing a string of consistently high-quality works featuring strong female characters and painting a vivid picture of the dark side of Glasgow.

In this, her tenth novel, Mina is at the top of her game, and weaves together the various threads of the story with contrapuntal skill that Bach would have been proud of. A grandfather - who turns to have been a life-long communist and stalwart of the trade union movement - gunned down in the course of a robbery in a post office in Glasgow's West End; police officers sailing close to the wind in their dealings with the local drugs lords; a misogynistic left-wing politician - Kenny Gallagher - pressured by his wife to sue a tabloid newspaper for printing stories about his sex-life that he knows to be true; and DI Alex Morrow, recently returned to work after giving birth to twins, whose brother Danny is himself a shady character from Glasgow's underworld. What's the connection between them?

Gods and Beasts is perhaps Mina's strongest novel so far.

ALEX MILLER
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