Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow Series #3)

Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow Series #3)

by Denise Mina


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A brilliant new thriller featuring Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, dragged deep into a dangerous political conspiracy after investigating a robbery.

It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.
DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316188531
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Series: Alex Morrow Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 282,273
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, 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 writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer, and was selected by the Stieg Larsson estate to adapt The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Millennium Trilogy for a 6-part DC Comics graphic novel series. The End of the Wasp Season was the winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Novel of the Year Award. Mina lives in Glasgow.

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Gods and Beasts: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Geo69 More than 1 year ago
I so recommend this book to all. Denise Mina made me feel as I was actually there and experiencing the reality of life there. I am looking forward to the continuation of the Alex Morrow series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book was a little slow-starting for me at first, once I got a handle on all the characters, I was pulled into the intrigue. Set in Scotland, the crime and all of its twists and tangles became so interesting it was hard to put down.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Alex Morrow, DS with the Strathclyde police, is back in the newest book by this Scottish author. The twins with whom Morrow was pregnant in the last book, the wonderful “The End of the Wasp Season,” are now a few months old. As the new book opens, she is deep into what is referred to as “the Barrowfields investigation,” when a new case comes her way: One week before Christmas, during the course of an armed robbery in a busy Glasgow post office, an elderly man who was patiently waiting in line suddenly is seen to assist the gunman, but not before handing his young grandson to a stranger, soon after which the grandfather is brutally murdered by the robber, who makes a clean escape. The only clue the police have is the fact that the alarm system was not working the morning of the crime. And the additional fact that the innocent bystander to whom the young boy was entrusted turns out to be much more complex than he at first appears. I have had nothing but praise for the several earlier novels by Ms. Mina that I have read, and would like to say that this newest book was equally wonderful. But I have to admit that I found it slow-moving and felt almost disjointed, as the several story lines unfold, including rampant control of the city by gangs (mostly involved in the drug trade, said to be worth more than a billion pounds a year in Scotland); police corruption; and a goodly amount of political discussion. The final pieces don’t fall into place until nearly the very last page. I should perhaps add that Paddy Meehan, the protagonist of several of Ms. Mina’s earlier books, makes a couple of peripheral appearances here. I will still look forward to future offering from this author, but this one didn’t come up to the high level reached by its predecessors for this reviewer. Oh, and should one wonder, the title is from Aristotle: “Those who live outside the city walls, and are self-sufficient, are either Gods or Beasts.”
CMAJORME More than 1 year ago
Needed another rewrite.Too much unresolved and dangling.writing is competent,clear,and The plot outline clear but needed fleshing out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Detective Alex Morrow is the lead dective in this story that starts off with a robery/murder. The story gets disjointed following many plot lines that include: robbery/murder, drug kingpin investigation, police corruption, political ties and a top politician caught with his pants down. How all this ties into the robbery/murder does not come into play until the end of the story. But then it is not the end of the story. This is book three of the Alex Morrow series. What will happen in book four. Personally, I am not interested.
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
How far does corruption reach? You’ll find yourself asking this over and over again as you read this book. Filled with suspense and gritty images, Gods and Beasts provides the reader with a startling image of the seedier side of Glasgow. Alex Morrow investigates the horrible murder of an elderly gentleman in the middle of a Glasgow post office. The gentleman’s young grandson was also with him at the time but, to get him away from the scene quickly, the boy was promptly handed over to a total stranger. Or did the victim know him after all? Why was the stranger there at all? In her attempt to uncover the truth, Alex reveals a tangled web of corruption and political strong arm tactics that reach deep into the underworld. By contrast, she has a loving and supportive husband and children. The two are as far removed from each other as fire and water. I enjoyed this book for its setting in Scotland, with all of the riveting local color. The characters are genuine and the pieces of the plot finally come together in a stunning conclusion. Interesting read.
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I am not liking this book. I'm reading it but bored with the characters. No charisma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its ok but i havet had this tjing for a year
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Wht do u mean