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Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow 3) Paperback – 14 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409137279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409137276
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am beginning to believe that Denise Mina is the finest contemporary exponent of British crime fiction, and that the Glasgow Detective Sergeant Alex Morrow is becoming its most interesting copper....Mina is terrific, too, at portraying the social and political backdrops that envelop her plots. (THE TIMES)

Mina is at the top of her game and weaves together the various threads of the story with a contrapuntal skill that Bach would have been proud of... this gripping read makes GODS AND BEASTS perhaps Mina's strongest novel so far. (MORNING STAR)

For aficionados of the genre there is a great deal to admire, not just in the elegance of the plotting... Mina's writing is lithe and spare, but alert... Readers inclined to be sniffy about genre fiction would do well to read Mina. As the parallel series progress they become more than the some of the individual novels, and metamorphose into a kind of 21st century Comedie Humaine - a excoriating look at the way that we live, and die, now. (SCOTSMAN)

GODS AND BEASTS is vintage Mina: a complex three-ply plot involving a shooting, blackmail and corruption, all described with hard-hitting prose and psychological acuity. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Denise Mina is riding high at the moment, having won the prestigious Crime Novel of the Year award for her last book, THE END OF THE WASP SEASON. It was well deserved because that novel, Mina's ninth and the second to feature Detective Superintendent Alex Morrow, was an expert psychological deconstruction of the credit crunch, as well as a page-turning police procedural to boot. If anything, GODS AND BEASTS is even better... One of the best things about her crime novels is her natural tendency to duck out of the way of the genre's clichés...real characters struggling with their jobs, their families and their lives, the same as anyone else... GODS AND BEASTS confirms Mina's place at the front of the crime-writing pack. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Ostensibly a police procedural, GODS AND BEASTS has much more to it...What the elaborate and cleverly crafted plot concerns, as Morrow identifies, is not simply detection but 'being decent'. An excellent novel. (LITERARY REVIEW)

[H]er work continues to demonstrate the impressive expertise that has always been her hallmark, very much the case with Gods and Beasts... As ever with Mina, it is the idiomatic dialogue and rich characterisation that keep things moving at such a satisfying rate (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

[A] darkly gripping story (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

Idiomatic dialogue and rich characterisation keep things moving at a satisfying rate (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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Corruption, politics and the underworld conspire in the new thriller from award-winning author Denise Mina.

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I love Denise Mina's books, particularly the Paddy Meehan series. THey are succinct, form an interesting narrative and always make sense. THis one though, feels very much like a Part 1 and I don't appreciate paying this amount of money for a part 1 and waiting 18 months for the next chapter. Its shoddy editing, and alot if it makes no sense. It feels like a third of the book is missing.
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A little disappointed with this book. Have enjoyed most of her other books.
Found it a bit boring in parts.
The previous characters were in it from her other novels so I expected a real page turner especially for the price of this e book.
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I have read all of Denise Mina's books and loved her earlier stuff, however, I feel that she has somehow lost her edge and could not enjoy this book as much as some her previous ones. I found it difficult to engage with the characters and the story. Maybe it's just me, but I loved her when she was more raw, even if technically maybe she was not such an assured writer.
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I am a big fan of Denise Mina and her novels of Glasgow. This one however; was not up to the standard of her previous works. The plot seemed forced, especially putting Paddy Mehan, a character from some previous works, into the story. There was no attempt to involve the reader and all conclusions seemed pretty well telegraphed way before 'the end'. Take a look at 'The End of The Wasp Season' and you will see how well Mina can write, then compare it to this work and see why this story is disappointing.
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I 'won' this book at the Orcrime 2012 festival (but had already put it on my wishlist) and I read it immediately. Perhaps hearing Denise Mina talk about the problems and development of this book enabled me to be sympathetic to the point of not noticing any disjointedness, and accepting the brief appearance of Paddy Meehan, but ultimately I was left with a considerable sense of being in the hands of a writer who could tell a gripping story and, as happened with 'The End of the Wasp Season', manipulate her readers' emotions and expectations so as to give them a thought-provoking and reverberating shock at the ending.
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i know denise mina is everyone's favorite - i find it very light reading, very schematic for me - i like fuller characters - the plotting is fine but its lack of exceptional place and people just let me down - maybe i went into it with expectations that were too high - entertaining enough just a bit boring for me
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By Soulie61 on 18 Nov. 2012
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I liked Denise Mina as an author. I liked her stand alones and her series'. Given this I am shocked by just how tedious I found Gods and Beasts. This book had no meat to it and was mind numbingly dull. There were also sub-plots featuring previous characters that were frankly ridiculous and I hated, hated, hated the depiction of working class people who were drawn with a main eye on the stereotype and no love... As one of the lumpen proletariat I don't mind 'warts and all' but I really object strongly to 'warts' only. So all in all deeply offensive and patronising to readers - If you havent already spent your hard earned cash I wouldn't bother with this latest offering.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 April 2014
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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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