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Still Midnight (Alex Morrow, Bk 1)
Still Midnight - Alex Morrow, Bk 1
Author: 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 fa...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316015639
ISBN-10: 0316015636
Publication Date: 3/22/2010
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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cathyskye avatar reviewed Still Midnight (Alex Morrow, Bk 1) on + 2040 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
First Line: An orange Sainsbury's plastic bag in full sail floated along the dark pavement.

Once again Denise Mina takes us to the mean streets of Glasgow and serves up a tale of a kidnapping gone wrong peopled by finely nuanced characters.

Two Glasgow "yobs" (rowdy, aggressive, or violent young men) break into a Muslim home and demand to see Bob. When they realize that there is no one there by that name, they grab the family patriarch, Aamir Anwar, and name an astronomical sum as ransom-- an amount that no owner of a small grocery would ever be able to pay. Detective Sergeant Bannerman is assigned the case, although DS Alex Morrow is much more capable of solving it. As the investigation progresses, it is indeed Alex's knowledge of the area and her know-how that begins to piece together the clues needed to solve the case.

I've been a fan of Mina's since her Garnethill books. She tends to focus on characters that most readers would consider "throwaways", and she brings them to life in all their complexity and vulnerability. Although the tone is dark and the streets are mean, her books aren't true noir.

Mina demands readers who are patient and observant, readers who are willing to believe that characters who are criminals or drug users can have some good in them-- that they can even show flashes of humor from time to time. If you're a reader like that, then you will be sitting in high cotton because as you slowly peel back the layers of character and events, you'll feel just like Alex Morrow as you put the pieces together.

The further Alex investigates, she discovers that both criminals and victims aren't as they appear to be. A "case" in point is the kidnapped man, Aamir Anwar. Through most of the book, this small older man has a pillowcase covering his head, and he is referred to as "the pillowcase". I didn't like how this appellation dehumanized this character, and once Mina allowed me inside his head, I disliked it even more. This quiet, unassuming little man was just as full of memories, hopes and dreams as anyone else on this planet-- and he's not the only character you can feel this way about in Still Midnight.

As the story unfolds, I felt as though I knew the characters and that I had a stake in how their stories turned out. There were more than a few surprises along the way. Once again, Mina has a winner. The only thing that I feel like warning people about is that she does use Scots dialect, and if you're not used to it, it could be a little confusing. Still Midnight (and Mina's other novels) are well worth a bit of confusion. They're that good.
5ducksfans avatar reviewed Still Midnight (Alex Morrow, Bk 1) on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. The character of Alex Morrow is one of her best and one that you really get attached to. This would be a good place for readers new to Mina to start.
reviewed Still Midnight (Alex Morrow, Bk 1) on + 426 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
An effective crime novel, full of unusual characters who do not behave the way you expect them to. Charmingly written, though with a lot of Scottish expressions that I wasn't sure I completely understood.
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Entertaining, but not the best of Mina's works.


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