Still Midnight (Alex Morrow Series #1)

Still Midnight (Alex Morrow Series #1)

by Denise Mina
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Still Midnight (Alex Morrow Series #1) by Denise Mina

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. Is this the amateur crime gone horribly wrong that it seems, or something much more unexpected?

As Alex falls further into the most challenging case of her career, Denise Mina proves why "if you don't read crime novels, Mina is your reason to change" (RockyMountain News).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316015639
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/22/2010
Series: Alex Morrow Series , #1
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.

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Still Midnight 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
I'd heard Tartan Noir thrown about and found this definition from the Double Tongued Word Wrester Dictionary: "Scottish detective fiction, or Tartan Noir as it's called, with its brooding sensibility, brutal humor and fixation on the nature of guilt and punishment, has more in common with the Russian novel than it does with traditional detective writing." Set in Glasgow, Still Midnight falls within this umbrella of Tartan Noir with the flawed detective hero, Alex Morrow. Alex Morrow, is prickly, slightly socially awkward, and a brilliant woman detective. As she unsuccessfully navigates politics in the police department, you can't help but wince. While things don't come easy for Alex Morrow, she's in her element piecing together disparate facts, interviewing hostile witnesses, and reconstructing what may have happened. In Still Midnight, it's not just Alex Morrow and the other detectives that draw you in. Denise Mina's other characters - the criminals and the victims - are complex, interesting, and three dimensional. Still Midnight is my first time to read a Denise Mina novel and I highly recommend it. I was drawn in by the characters, enjoyed the twists and turns, and am looking forward to my next Denise Mina novel. ISBN-10: 0316015636 - Hardcover Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (March 22, 2010), 352 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time following this story. Ending was disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Possibly the worst book that I have ever read. One star.
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nettski More than 1 year ago
Denise Mina is one of my favorite writers (not just mystery writers, WRITERS), so I was disappointed when I was halfway through "Still Midnight" and not very involved in the plot, which seemed too simple (idiot thugs kidnap wrong guy). But about one page later I got completely sucked in and gulped up the rest in one sitting. OK, I was wrong: this is NOT a simple plot. And these are NOT simple characters. It was, finally, a very enjoyable book. (One quibble: the "one sibling escapes gritty childhood by becoming a cop (or a priest, or a doctor) while the other becomes a drug kingpin" trope was already tired back in 1940. How often does that happen in real life, I wonder?)