Still Midnight

Still Midnight

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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Alex Morrow is not new to the police force, or to crime, but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received. On a still night in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, three armed men have slipped from a van into a house, demanding a man who is not, and has never been, inside the front door. In the confusion that ensues, one family member is shot and another kidnapped, the assailants demanding an impossible ransom...
Publisher: North Kingstown : BBC Audiobooks America, 2010.
ISBN: 9780792770640
0792770641
Additional Contributors: Macfarlane, Jane

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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

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DonnaNay
Jul 12, 2019

Book 1 of Alex Morrow series

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charleh
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.

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marsiamarsia
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.

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meyoubou
Jun 13, 2013

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

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lpreston214
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.

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emerge
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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