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Gods and Beasts

A Novel
Mina, Denise (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather--a life-long campaigner for social justice--is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Mina, Denise
Title: Gods and beasts
a novel
Publisher: New York : Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 25 cm
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Orion Books, July 2012"--T.p. verso
Summary: "It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather--a life-long campaigner for social justice--is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780316188524
0316188522
Statement of Responsibility: Denise Mina
Subject Headings: Glasgow (Scotland) Fiction Police Fiction FICTION Mystery & Detective Police Procedural. bisacsh Older men Crimes against Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Police
Older men
LCCN: 2012022241
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Nov 17, 2013
  • abkeller rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How far does corruption reach? You’ll find yourself asking this over and over again as you read this book. Filled with suspense and gritty images, Gods and Beasts provides the reader with a startling image of the seedier side of Glasgow.

Alex Morrow investigates the horrible murder of an elderly gentleman in the middle of a Glasgow post office. The gentleman’s young grandson was also with him at the time but, to get him away from the scene quickly, the boy was promptly handed over to a total stranger. Or did the victim know him after all? Why was the stranger there at all?

In her attempt to uncover the truth, Alex reveals a tangled web of corruption and political strong arm tactics that reach deep into the underworld. By contrast, she has a loving and supportive husband and children. The two are as far removed from each other as fire and water.

I enjoyed this book for its setting in Scotland, with all of the riveting local color. The characters are genuine and the pieces of the plot finally come together in a stunning conclusion. Interesting read.

Aug 13, 2013
  • ctpete rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is not up to Mina's usual standard.

Aug 04, 2013
  • athena14 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Until the unnecessarily gruesomely described beating of an innocent girl, I enjoyed this book. Then, my rating fell to poor.

Mar 24, 2013
  • emerge rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as her last one (End of Wasp Season) but still an engrossing story & a must read for fans of this series. It's deceptive at times as it seems to follow routine investigations but if you're paying attention, there are important things going on in the background, things that will cause huge repercussions for Morrow, personally & professionally. As always, well developed characters & an uber intricate plot. Stick with it, there are two big kickers in the end.

Mar 16, 2013
  • dcafk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gods and Beasts is a fascinating read with an intricate plot and extremely interesting, well defined characters: unusual but totally believable. In this story the world and the people in it are depicted in shades of gray, not black and white. If you are usually a fast reader, I advise you to slow down a bit and pay attention or you are liable to miss a crucial point. Trust me, it is well worth it.

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DS Alex Morrow is a believable policewoman in Glasgow Scotland. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested til the end. If you're an Anglophile you'll enjoy a crime novel set in this city. There is no romance in this book!

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