Denise Mina Wins Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2013

NEWS: Denise Mina wins Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for 2013

Gods and Beasts Wins Mina the Title for the Second Year in a Row

 

Critically acclaimed crime author Denise Mina has won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year for her novel Gods and Beasts. She is the only author to ever have won the award two years running.

The award is one of the most prestigious crime writing prizes in the country and Denise beat off stiff competition, including Stuart Neville, Stav Sherez, Mark Billingham, Peter May and Chris Ewan.

‘I’m really quite flabbergasted,’ Denise said. ‘I really love this book and it means a lot that other people appreciate it. I’m so delighted and so glad to have another gigantic, ostentatious award in the shape of a Theakstons beer barrel that I don’t have room for on my mantelpiece.’

The overall winner was decided by a public vote and a panel of experts, which this year comprised of festival chair Val McDermid; the Guardian’s associate media editor John Dugdale; head of fiction at WHSmith Dave Swillman; Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston Ltd; and Kate Mosse, co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction and worldwide bestselling author.

Last year, Denise won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year with her novel The End of the Wasp Season.

Gods and Beasts, The End of the Wasp Season and her new hardback, The Red Road, are out now.

 

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Denise Mina

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels includeThe End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Find out more at www.denisemina.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @DameDeniseMina

Orion

Gods and Beasts

By Denise Mina

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

A grandfather brutally murdered in a post office raid.
A corrupt politician fighting for his future.
A police force up for sale.
Three crimes leading to one question - who really runs Glasgow?

Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the murder enquiry. The grandfather had helped the gunmen before being shot - was as it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past?

One city, three crimes and a powerful connection that runs from Glasgow's dark criminal underworld to the international spheres of the super rich.

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.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.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.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.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.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.[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[A] darkly gripping storyIdiomatic dialogue and rich characterisation keep things moving at a satisfying rateCorruption, politics and the underworld conspire in the new thriller from award-winning author Denise Mina.

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels includeThe End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Find out more at www.denisemina.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @DameDeniseMina

Denise Mina's critically acclaimed crime writing is stunning, complex and admired by readers both inside and outside of the genre.THE END OF THE WASP SEASON took her to a whole new readership, and was shortlisted for the CWA GOLD DAGGER.THE END OF THE WASP SEASON won the prestigious THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIAR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.Denise Mina's novel THE FIELD OF BLOOD has been adapted for the BBC. Directed by David Kane (TAGGART, REBUS, SEA OF SOULS), it has a cast including the likes of David Morrissey and Peter Capaldi.All Denise Mina's backlist has been republished in Orion paperback in the stunning new cover style.Mina won a CWA DAGGER for her debut GARNETHILL and all her novels have received outstanding reviews.
Orion

The End of the Wasp Season

By Denise Mina

A savage murder with no apparent motive - DS Morrow's most challenging case brings her work and home lives dangerously close... Winner of the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

When wealthy Sarah Erroll dies a violent death at her home in a posh part of Glasgow, the local community is stunned by what appears to be a truly gratuitous act. Heavily pregnant with desperately wanted twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to investigate and soon discovers that there is more to Sarah's murder than it first seems.

On the other side of town, Thomas Anderson is called into the headmaster's office at his boarding school to be told that his tyrannical father - a banker responsible for the loss of many livelihoods in the recession - has committed suicide by hanging himself from the old oak tree on the lawn of their home. Thomas returns to the family home to find his mother and sister in a state of numb shock. The head of the household is dead, yet their initial reaction is not that of grief, but relief.

As Alex Morrow slowly unravels the connections between the two cases, she faces her greatest challenge yet as her work and home lives collide with potentially disastrous consequences.

A literary West Lothian question: why do Scottish writers dominate British crime fiction? With Denise Mina at least, the answer is pure classOne of Denise Mina's many attractions is her willingness to take risks with her characters. She delves deeper than most into emotions, whether of the police, victims or perpetrators; she eschews the usual formula of crime fiction....The financial and moral disintregration of families, the iniquities of the class system and prostitution all play a role. Mina's bestThe writing is as sharp as a Stanley knife.Thoughful attention to detail take the novel to another level...Scotland has produced some seriously good crime writers; The End of the Wasp Season places Denise Mina alongside Ian Rankin and Val McDermidMiss your bus stop....reading The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina, a gripping tale tracing the links between an elite private school, the suicide of a millionaire banker and the shocking murder of a wealthy young womanCleverly breaks down everything you once thought you knew about crime novelsDenise Mina is one of Scotland's most impressive crime writers. This dark, angry novel doesn't offer easy thrills or the intellectual diversion of a whodunnit. Instead it focusses on its deeply flawed characters, their motivations and the world they live in ... undeniably powerful

A savage murder with no apparent motive - DS Morrow's most challenging case brings her work and home lives dangerously close...
Winner of the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels includeThe End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Find out more at www.denisemina.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @DameDeniseMina

Denise Mina is one of the most exciting crime writers around.THE END OF THE WASP SEASON won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.All her backlist are being published in Orion paperback in the stunning cover style.THE FIELD OF BLOOD is now a major new 2-part TV drama on BBC ONE.Mina won a CWA DAGGER for her debut GARNETHILL and always receives rave reviews.A popular spokesperson on Scotland and culture, she is a regular contributor to TV and radio.