A Novel of Crime

Book - 1999
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At once wry and shocking, humane and raw, ironic and visceral, Denise Mina brings a distinctive new voice to crime fiction in this gritty, award-winning debut novel set in the grim precincts of Glasgow's Garnethill. There the unlucky Maureen O'Donnell wakes up one fuzzy-headed morning to discover her therapist-boyfriend in the middle of the living room, tied to one of her kitchen chairs, with his throat slit clean through.

Recently recovered from a breakdown, Maureen now finds herself the prime suspect in a grisly murder case. Harassed by the police and hounded by the press, she sets out to reconstruct her dead lover's last days and uncovers a dire trail of rape, deception, and suppressed scandal at a local psychiatric hospital. When a second mutilated corpse surfaces, she realizes hers could be the third. It's time for Maureen to get lucky.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1999
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition
ISBN: 9780786706129
Branch Call Number: FICTION Min
Description: 348 pages ; 24 cm


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"A taut crime novel with a heroine as tough as Sara Paretsky's V.I.
Warshawski and Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta -- and more down-to-earth than either..."-catalog summary

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Nov 14, 2011

Good story that keeps the reader's attention. Wonderful sense of Glasgow's atmosphere.
Nice pick for a protagonist. Not your typical messed-up young woman.

Jul 13, 2011

Before Lisbeth Salander there was Maureen O'Donnell, a heavy smoking, hard drinking, former mental patient and incest survivor. One morning she finds her lover murdered in her apartment. The police are on the case but following the wrong leads. With some help from a friend and her brother Maureen decides it's up to her to find and stop the murderer. A hard hitting, gritty story with great characters. First of a trilogy.


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