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Eddy and Pat, two Glasgow yobs, are hired to snatch a man named Bob from a modest home in a Glasgow suburb and hold him for a two-million-pound ransom. They botch the job, finding no one named Bob, accidentally shooting a teenage girl, and snatching the girl’s father, a Ugandan émigré who owns a none-too-prosperous convenience store. Police-department sexism leads to DS Alex Morrow’s dim rival, Grant Bannerman, being placed in charge of the investigation; but Alex’s efforts uncover the only leads in the case. An award-winning crime novelist, Mina knows her gritty hometown, and Still Midnight offers a stunning portrait of transcendent bleakness. Alex is close to a breakdown; curiously, we don’t learn the full why for 270 pages. The kidnap victim is haunted by his mother’s rape as they fled Uganda. Even Eddy and Pat are tormented. Similarly, Glasgow is vividly portrayed as an avatar of urban poverty, violence, and utter despair; the lashing rains and raw winds of October in Scotland only serve to deepen the sense of desperation. Grim but compelling. --Thomas Gaughan
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ISBN-10:  0316015636
ISBN-13:  978-0316015639
Author:  Denise Mina
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Reagan Arthur Books
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review by . April 26, 2010
With the focus on perpetually angry DS Alex Morrow, the working and criminal class neighborhoods of Mina's Glasgow provide the gritty atmosphere of this dark, but almost slapstick thriller.    The story opens as three fairly dim thugs botch a home invasion, Pat and Eddy going in screaming for a guy named Bob. Who is not among the three generations of Islamic Asians who live in the house. One of whom is a rebellious girl. "Aleesha was a teenager and therefore interested in the …
review by . April 12, 2010
I have to admit that, because I have been a fan of Denise Mina's Paddy Meehan and Garnethill books for a while now, I began "Still Midnight" with high expectations. I also have to admit that the book was a bit of a disappointment to me - in some part, probably, because I did expect so much from it going in.     Denise Mina's Glasgow has always been a dark and dangerous city but she has outdone herself this time. This Glasgow is a wet, cold city surrounded by swampy grounds and …
review by . February 24, 2010
Mina delivers yet another fast-paced, morally-nuanced thriller, her protagonist a driven, complicated Glasgow detective, Alex Morrow, of the Strathclyde CID. For fan's of Mina's Garnethill trilogy, the author has set a standard that is hard to beat, but this thriller and this character come as close as any to the over-the-top personality and dramatic style of her first novels. Morrow stakes her claim with authority, a conflicted, instinctive detective with a feel for the city, its inhabitants and …
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