Maureen O'Donnell, surely one of the most unlikely crime solvers in recent history, comes from a family so seriously dysfunctional that it deserves a television series of its own. Her mother is an overly dramatic alcoholic who "could scene-steal from an eclipse"; her brother Liam is a bumbling drug dealer; and the black sheep of the family is a sister who went to London and became a Thatcherite. The troubled but gutsy Maureen decides to dump her boyfriend, Douglas--an abusive (and married) psychologist she met while a patient at a sex-abuse clinic. After a night of drinking with a friend who's a social worker, Maureen wakes up to find that Douglas has been tied to a kitchen chair in her flat with his throat slashed. As someone with both a motive and a history of mental illness, Maureen is the most likely suspect--until a second, similar murder occurs that links the crimes to a local psychiatric hospital. Denise Mina, who has a background in health care, law, and criminology, is definitely a writer to watch. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this mystery Maureen O'Donnell wakes up one morning to find her married therapist boyfriend murdered in her living room. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barbara Saffer
I've heard good things about this author for a decade but somehow hadn't gotten around to reading any of her books. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael K. Smith
Gritty, awesome, real life. So descriptive. Fantastic heroine. Loved this book. Surreal. Denise Mina rocks. More please. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 14 months ago by Denise Mina
Pretty good read. I could really see how much her writing improved from reading her later books first then these earlier works. Mush better writing in the later book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dee
Not one of Mina's better books. It is way too long and has far too many characters making sporadic appearances in the story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by NB
Fantastic read. I hope the publisher has a Kindle edition for this first of the trilogy like they have available in Canada.Published 17 months ago by William A. Cooper