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 "ferociously gripping" (The Independent) first novel in the acclaimed Alex Morrow series, by the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick Conviction.

Life ought to be simple for Detective Inspector Alex Morrow. She's not new to the police force -- or to crime -- but none of that matters as she's assigned to the case that could make her career.

The case involves a seemingly random attack on a family in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. Three armed men 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 an amateur crime gone horribly wrong, or something much more unexpected?

As Alex falls further into the most challenging case of her career, she must manage the complications of police force politics, and a marriage every bit as tangled as the case she's trying to solve. Rich with dark humor and powerful storytelling, Still Midnight shows again why Denise Mina's mysteries have earned praise as among the best in the world.

"A huge pleasure...Alex Morrow is the smartest cop in the shop." --New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. 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