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Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow Series #3)

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    Alex Morrow, DS with the Strathclyde police, is back in the newe

    Alex Morrow, DS with the Strathclyde police, is back in the newest book by this Scottish author. The twins with whom Morrow was pregnant in the last book, the wonderful “The End of the Wasp Season,” are now a few months old. As the new book opens, she is deep into what is referred to as “the Barrowfields investigation,” when a new case comes her way: One week before Christmas, during the course of an armed robbery in a busy Glasgow post office, an elderly man who was patiently waiting in line suddenly is seen to assist the gunman, but not before handing his young grandson to a stranger, soon after which the grandfather is brutally murdered by the robber, who makes a clean escape. The only clue the police have is the fact that the alarm system was not working the morning of the crime. And the additional fact that the innocent bystander to whom the young boy was entrusted turns out to be much more complex than he at first appears.

    I have had nothing but praise for the several earlier novels by Ms. Mina that I have read, and would like to say that this newest book was equally wonderful. But I have to admit that I found it slow-moving and felt almost disjointed, as the several story lines unfold, including rampant control of the city by gangs (mostly involved in the drug trade, said to be worth more than a billion pounds a year in Scotland); police corruption; and a goodly amount of political discussion. The final pieces don’t fall into place until nearly the very last page. I should perhaps add that Paddy Meehan, the protagonist of several of Ms. Mina’s earlier books, makes a couple of peripheral appearances here.

    I will still look forward to future offering from this author, but this one didn’t come up to the high level reached by its predecessors for this reviewer. Oh, and should one wonder, the title is from Aristotle: “Those who live outside the city walls, and are self-sufficient, are either Gods or Beasts.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Disjointed story

    Detective Alex Morrow is the lead dective in this story that starts off with a robery/murder. The story gets disjointed following many plot lines that include: robbery/murder, drug kingpin investigation, police corruption, political ties and a top politician caught with his pants down. How all this ties into the robbery/murder does not come into play until the end of the story. But then it is not the end of the story. This is book three of the Alex Morrow series. What will happen in book four.
    Personally, I am not interested.

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