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Garnethill Paperback – 1 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New edition edition (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553506943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553506945
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is, of course, the stuff of nightmares. Maureen comes home late and drunk and wakes up next morning with a hangover, and her boyfriend in the next room with his throat cut, and something nasty in the cupboard under the stairs. The police are aware of her earlier mental breakdown, and it is only a touch of finesse too far on the part of whoever framed her that convinces them to look elsewhere. Maureen is not the conventional woman in danger of Gothic, though, and the effect of all of this is simply to annoy her; there are, it turns out, people on whom it is ill-advised to pick.

Denise Mina has learned many things from Chandler and one of them is to have a protagonist who is wonderfully and spectacularly rude to people who irritate her. A cast of tough Glasgow characters that includes her drug-dealer brother and the biker from the Women's Refuge help her sort out a mystery that turns, crucially, on the way society despises, and will never listen to, those who have been stigmatised as mentally ill. This is a thriller which combines the intellectual excitement of investigation with an underlying polemical anger; it is a remarkably finished debut. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Funny, raw, compassionate, often brutal, GARNETHILL turns a wry humour on the shortcomings of its very human characters (INDEPENDENT)

Her characterisations and settings are so authentic...There are probably now as many crime writers in Scotland as criminals, but Mina may be the pick of the bunch (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Splendidly written... magnificently readable (THE TIMES)

One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years (IAN RANKIN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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