Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow 3) Paperback – 14 Mar 2013
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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)
Corruption, politics and the underworld conspire in the new thriller from award-winning author Denise Mina.See all Product Description
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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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This covers very similar terrain to much of Christopher Brookmyre's work and is of the same high standard too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by keen reader
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.Published 4 months ago by Fiona D. MacIntyre
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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. R. J. HESKETH
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.Published 11 months ago by Bizzie
Denise Mina has got me back into reading after quite a long dearth of interesting reading matter. She plots really well and makes you want to get back to the book as soon as... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jan Andersson