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 clichÃ©s...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.