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on 14 September 2012
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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on 25 July 2013
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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on 11 April 2013
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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on 5 August 2012
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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on 18 October 2012
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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on 4 July 2014
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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on 18 November 2012
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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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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"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
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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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