Still Midnight

Still Midnight

eBook - 2009
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It's the case that could make DS Alex Morrow's career, it would make any cop salivate. A home invaded in the dead of night, deep in the heart of the cosy suburbs; a hard-working, god-fearing family at the heart of it and a vulnerable old man taken hostage. It's a high profile, black-and-white case and it shouldn't be hard to solve.The attackers were slovenly. The two strangers who forced their way into the warm comfortable home demanded millions the family didn't have and shouted for a man nobody had heard of. It had to be a mistake, and a bad one at that -- after all, Morrow knows that if there's one thing more volatile than a dangerous man with a gun it's two stupid men with guns.But Alex Morrow can't be depended on and the bosses know it. Scattering fury like buckshot, she insults the people she should curry favour with and finds comfort only in the thought of delivering a couple of wide-armed slaps to her superior's smug face. Working this case is tearing her apart and as it unravels, Morrow finds that the only people she can bear to see are the very ones she's been running from for twenty years.As the dark undercurrents start to wash away the family's story, the truth of her own shame and unspeakable grief explode into the case in ways no-one could imagine.
Publisher: Toronto :, McArthur,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781770870178
Characteristics: c

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ChristchurchLib May 19, 2020

Told through the frame of a home invasion gone wrong, Mina's complex narrative is less of a crime story than it is an intricate and thoughtful probing of family life, workplace politics, and the inescapable organising structure of the past on identity and life choices. Mina is a respected and award winning author of not only several crime series set in Glasgow but also graphic novels and screenplays

Jul 12, 2019

Book 1 of Alex Morrow series

Oct 24, 2018

The Story was interesting and somewhat fresh.
The use of the "F" word as a noun, pro-noun, verb, ad-verb, etc. and the reference to women by body parts in a crass manner is rather off putting.

JCLBetM Aug 25, 2018

I am always looking for good female-led mysteries and had heard good things about Mina. It had a slower pacing than I normally like in a mystery, and yet there's something fascinating about the way she layers her story so that you're watching both sides of the crime--the hunters and hunted--simultaneously. It requires you to acknowledge the complexity of the criminal(s), rather than simply write them off as one-dimensional "baddies" who deserve what's coming.

I listened to the audio book, and it's easy to imagine the reader is Alex Morrow herself.

If you're looking for mystery/crime novel that is more people-focused than plot-driven, this will answer.

Oct 25, 2014

Since reading Mina's Garnethill Trilogy, I try to read every new book this author comes up with. I like mysteries, but only if they're well written, and Mina never fails me. Her books are gritty, to use a trendy term, but give the reader the best of both worlds: mystery and literature. Each one I read seems better than the last one, yet I recently reread her very first book, and it was just as satisfying the second time around. FIVE STARS.

Jun 13, 2013

Excellent! Denise Mina is truly a great mystery/detective/suspense writer.

Oct 14, 2011

A better title for this book might be "Still waiting for something to happen". I felt a bit cheated at the end. However, this book has great characters that never act as you would expect so you're kept guessing. Maybe I just guessed wrong but the whole thing left me less than satisfied.

Sep 05, 2011

I haven't read the others so I missed a bit of background but still enjoyed this book. Morrow is a complex character, trying to keep it together while dealing with a personal tragedy & internal politics at the police station. An english police procedural.

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

An outstanding thriller from Scottish writer Mina; dark, thoughtful and full of fascinating character studies.

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