An incredible crime novel that won the prestigious THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013 from the Costa shortlisted author of THE LESS DEAD
An incredible crime novel that won the prestigious THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013.
A grandfather brutally murdered in a post office raid.
A corrupt politician fighting for his future.
A police force up for sale.
Three crimes leading to one question - who really runs Glasgow?
Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the murder enquiry. The grandfather had helped the gunmen before being shot - was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past?
One city, three crimes and a powerful connection that runs from Glasgow's dark criminal underworld to the international spheres of the super rich.
GODS AND BEASTS is vintage Mina: a complex three-ply plot involving a shooting, blackmail and corruption, all described with hard-hitting prose and psychological acuity - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years
I am beginning to believe that Denise Mina is the finest contemporary exponent of British crime fiction, and that the Glasgow Detective Sergeant Alex Morrow is becoming its most interesting copper - THE TIMES
Ostensibly a police procedural, GODS AND BEASTS has much more to it ... What the elaborate and cleverly crafted plot concerns, as Morrow identifies, is not simply detection but 'being decent'. An excellent novel - LITERARY REVIEW
GODS AND BEASTS confirms Mina's place at the front of the crime-writing pack - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early. Working in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School.
Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde, misusing her student grant to write her first novel. This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel.
She has now published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels.
In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers' Association Hall of Fame.
She regularly appears at literary festivals in the UK and abroad, leads masterclasses on writing and was a judge for the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction 2014.