Still Midnight: A Novel (Alex Morrow #1) (Paperback)

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I like this gritty series about a gutsy female detective in Glasgow.  DS Alex Morrow came up the hard way, no hands up the ladder for this woman, she worked her way up the ranks to a position for those usually more politically astute than the feisty Alex.  Not to mention her background, secrets lurk therein.  Her marriage is in tatters.  Social interactions are not her strong point, even when she tries she generally wrong foots it. Alex has a deep desire for order, but even that seems to fail her lately.  What keeps her going is a job she does well and cares about fiercely.  The next plum assignment was promised to her but when a man is kidnapped from his home at gunpoint, her rival, DS Bannerman is picked to head the investigation with Alex assisting.  Bannerman has all the social niceties and political connections Alex lacks, he is third generation police.  Fuming over the unfairness, she does what she is best at.  She investigates.  The armed intruders burst into the house demanding “Bob”.  There were no Bob’s present; the sons of the family were Omar and Billal.  When no Bobs were forthcoming they kidnapped one of the family and fled, demanding a king’s ransom. The home was a modest middle class abode, comfortably appointed but not lavish, full of the pleasant odors of home cooking.  It was not the type of place to justify a belief in that kind of ransom potential.  As the clock ticks on, Alex keeps her focus on solving the puzzle and saving the victim.  Lots of twists and turns.

— Deon Stonehouse


The first book in the acclaimed Alex Morrow series of crime novels set in Glasgow, Scotland, from the author of national bestseller Conviction

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"-Rocky Mountain News

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of more than ten novels, including The Long Drop, winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. Mina has twice received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316015646
ISBN-10: 0316015644
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: September 14th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Alex Morrow