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Garnethill Paperback – September 20, 2007
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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.
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Comparing Scottish crime writers with Ian Rankin may be a cliché, but what he and Mina both do well is to root their stories in place, bringing alive the corners and cultures of the cities which are their settings. Mina's characters travel across most parts of the city, and she recreates cafés, pubs, streets and tenement closes with an accuracy that Glasgow readers should appreciate and in which they will recognise many minor landmarks far from the tourist trail and the trendy shops and bars. And the humour (the book is tremendously funny in places), banter and psyche are very Glaswegian, dark and ironic. The excellent sense of suspense at the heart of the book is bolstered by engaging - if sometimes disturbed - characters and an intricate recreation of their Glasgow.
Who murdered Douglas and why? There seem to be plenty of people with sufficient motive, but who had the opportunity? This novel deals with the uncomfortable world of victims of sexual abuse and how they relate to a world which has already let them down. Given the setting, it is easy to understand how (and why) Maureen feels compelled to take control of the investigation herself where she can.
This novel won the 1998 John Creasy Memorial Award for best first crime novel. This will be an uncomfortable novel for some to read: Ms Mina has succeeded in creating characters whose experiences and responses to abuse are frighteningly realistic and common.
In "Granethill", Mina created a real world peopled by a mentally troubled but loveable heroine, Maureen O'Donnell, and her dysfunctional family and friends along with a host of other solid and believable characters. The novel's setting is Granethill, a bleak Glasgow neighborhood where a grisly murder has taken place and where the only person who can solve the case is Maureen.
After a night of heavy drinking with her best friend Leslie, a social worker, Maureen decides to break up with her therapist boyfriend Douglas Brady who she recently discovered is married. Her mind made up, she arrives home extremely drunk and goes straight to bed. The next morning when she is returning from the bathroom, a blood soaked raincoat catches her eye, she looks away from it down the hall to her living room. There is Douglas, tied to one of her kitchen chairs with his throat slashed.
The police, led by Chief Inspector Joe McEwan, first set their sights on Maureen, but later change their focus to her brother Liam, who although a supportive and loving elder brother, just happens to be a drug dealer. It is up to Maureen to solve the case and take the police's attention away from Liam.
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I was disappointed because the book came highly recommended. It was okay, just not compelling.Published 4 months ago by Suellen Fulstone
I loved this book! The plot and pace kept me thoroughly intrigued, and descriptions left vivid images in my mind, especially a few which caused me to pause and reflect, wonderfully... Read morePublished 11 months ago by BShatki
Maureen O'Donnell comes from a dysfunctional family. She is dealing with a history of sexual abuse and trying to find her own way in the world. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. .G. avid reader
Playing catch-up and thoroughly enjoying it! I am new-ish to Denise Mina's mysteries and they have been great to read so far. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Janet K. Nabring-Stager
Garnethill, Exile and Resolution are the three books in this series and Garnethill is the author's debut novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barbara