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Garnethill (the name of a bleak Glasgow suburb) won the John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel--the British equivalent of the Edgar. It's a book that crackles with mordant Scottish wit and throbs with the pain of badly treated mental illness, managing to be both truly frightening and immensely exhilarating at the same time.
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.
From its opening pages, this winner of the 1998 John Creasy Memorial Award for best first crime novel pulls readers inexorably into the tortured world of sexual abuse victims and their struggle to survive as whole people. Eight months after spending almost half a year in a Glasgow psychiatric hospital devoted to treating sex abuse victims, Maureen O'Donnell is desperately trying to hold together her shattered life. Bored with her job at a theater ticket office and depressed because her affair with one of the hospital's doctors, Douglas Brady, is over, Maureen and a friend get drunk. The next morning Maureen finds Brady's body in her living room, his throat cut. With bloody footprints matching Maureen's slippers at the scene, Detective Chief Inspector Joe McEwan sets out to prove the woman's guilt. He's not alone in thinking her the culprit: to Maureen's shock, both her alcoholic mum and Douglas's politician mother also think she's the killer. Convincing them that she isn't becomes her goal. She picks up a rumor about one of the hospital therapists having sex with a patient and learns that, before his death, Douglas gave formerly hospitalized victims large sums of money. Maureen begins to suspect Douglas's killing is connected to the hospital's clinic. Did a relative of a molested client kill Douglas? Or was the deceased about to turn in a colleague who raped patients? With sharp dialogue and painfully vulnerable characters, Mina brings Maureen's world of drug dealers, broken families, sanctimonious health-care workers and debilitated victims to startling life. Maureen's valiant struggle to act sane in an insane world will leave readers seeing sex abuse victims in a new light.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 1 month ago by BShatki
Did not like all the swearing, otherwise good story with many twists about family and friends. I look forward to the second book in the seriesPublished 6 months ago by Heather Specken
Stared out on a good note , not sure what happened ,it just dragged on and on could hardly finnish this novel!Published 16 months ago by Casademoon
Garnethill, Exile and Resolution are the three books in this series and Garnethill is the author's debut novel. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2011 by Barbara
THis is a very good debut novel. it is assured, the writing is punchy. However, it sometimes lacks a certain depth, and, personally, i feel that this is an overhyped book. Read morePublished on June 8 2002 by RachelWalker
I was fascinated by this character and the story from beginning to end. I found the backdrop characters and scene interesting. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by Kay L. Robart
This book succeeds both as a mystery and as a work of fiction. Mina takes on a complex set of characters and makes them work in an illuminating and realistic fashion. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001 by Thomas Edsall
One of the best crime novels I've read in quite a while, this book takes the reader deep into the tough world of sexual abuse survivors in Glasgow. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by A. Ross