Gods and Beasts

Denise Mina

Gods and Beasts

A Glasgow post office one week before Christmas. Martin Pavel cowers on the floor, his eyes locked on those of a terrified child. Above them a masked gunman wields an AK47 while the boy's grandfather calmly volunteers to help the robber gather the money. Then the old man stands passively, hands by his sides, while the gunman raises the barrel and shoots him to shreds. Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the investigation. Why did the grandfather offer his help? Was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past? Morrow's enquiries lead her to the door of Kenny Gallagher, a politician fighting for his political life - and his marriage - after he's publicly accused of having an affair with a young employee. And unknown to Morrow a temptation too great to resist leads two of her colleagues, DCs Leonard and Wilder, to make a rash decision and leaves them at the mercy of a ruthless blackmailer. 4.6 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Gods and Beasts

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardcover
Pages 304
RRP
Date of Publication July 2012
ISBN 978-1409140689
Publisher Orion
 

A Glasgow post office one week before Christmas. Martin Pavel cowers on the floor, his eyes locked on those of a terrified child. Above them a masked gunman wields an AK47 while the boy's grandfather calmly volunteers to help the robber gather the money. Then the old man stands passively, hands by his sides, while the gunman raises the barrel and shoots him to shreds. Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the investigation. Why did the grandfather offer his help? Was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past? Morrow's enquiries lead her to the door of Kenny Gallagher, a politician fighting for his political life - and his marriage - after he's publicly accused of having an affair with a young employee. And unknown to Morrow a temptation too great to resist leads two of her colleagues, DCs Leonard and Wilder, to make a rash decision and leaves them at the mercy of a ruthless blackmailer.

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Reviews

The Independent on Sunday

Doug Johnstone

These three stories seem to deal with different levels of Glaswegian society, but Mina brings them together with immense skill. One of the best things about her crime novels is her natural tendency to duck out of the way of the genre's clichés. So there are no maverick cops playing by their own rules here; the police officers are all real characters struggling with their jobs, their families and their lives, the same as anyone else. And there are no big, evil baddies either; just real and believable characters who have become compromised or corrupted by their circumstances. Gods and Beasts confirms Mina's place at the front of the crime-writing pack.

29/07/2012

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

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. Working class, her half-brother a well-known criminal, Morrow is now the mother of twins, making her, she fears, too soft to remain the hard cop of her reputation. Mina is terrific, too, at portraying the social and political backdrops that envelop her plots.

07/07/2012

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The Scotsman

Stuart Kelly

The character of DS Morrow is developing in intriguing ways. Deliberately rebarbative in Still Midnight, she is anxious in Gods And Beasts that motherhood is making her soft, and her deliberate coldness and self-awareness about it is handled skilfully ... Readers inclined to be sniffy about genre fiction would do well to read Mina. As the parallel series progress they become more than the sum of the individual novels, and metamorphose into a kind of 21st century Comédie Humaine – a excoriating look at the way that we live, and die, now.

17/06/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Julia Handford

… vintage Mina: a complex three-ply plot involving a shooting, blackmail and corruption, all described with hard-hitting prose and psychological acuity.

16/07/2012

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