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Outside The Walls
on 28 February 2013
"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.
I relished this novel, everything about it was terrific. The political story of Glasgow and the punks and criminals that are intertwined give us a feel for the city. This is a tremendous effort, gritty,authentic and unpredictable. Not for the faint of heart, but Denise Mina leaves us with a ray of hope.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-26-13