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Resolution [Hardcover]

Denise Mina
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 2001 Garnethill Trilogy
Mental breakdown survivor Maureen is facing the darkest episode of her life. Her abuser has returned to Glasgow, her friend Ella has died in hospital after a brutal beating and Maureen's life is under threat at a time when she has very few protectors.

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From Publishers Weekly

In this powerful, disturbing, wrenching conclusion to the Scottish author's Garnethill trilogy (Garnethill; Exile), the sense of everydayness renders the horrors Mina's Glaswegians confront even more terrible. Forced prostitution, child sexual abuse, alcoholism, dysfunctionality of every kindall are not so much spotlighted as they are integral parts of the fabric of the characters' lives. But for Maureen O'Donnell, whose continued existence is a triumph of will, there's also a strong sense of family and friendships forged in the crucible of survival. Maureen and her friends Leslie and Kilty are as unlikely a trio of dragon-slayers as one might find. With trepidation, Maureen awaits the trial of her lover's murderer, Angus Farrell, whose evil threatens her even while he's in jail. And Maureen's abusive father, Michael, has returned to Glasgow and she fears for her sister's soon-to-be-born baby. Maureen's efforts to help an illiterate old woman fill out a legal complaint against her son lead her into more danger and ugliness. The sordidness and the seemingly insuperable odds Maureen faces make her retreat into alcoholism seem appropriate. Thanks to Mina's considerable narrative skills, the Glasgow of Paddy's flea market, Albert Hospital and the area near the bus station where street prostitutes hang out emerges in gritty clarity. The novel culminates in a startling crescendo of violence, vengeance and resolution.
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On the average day, Glaswegian Maureen O'Donnell is disheveled, mumbling to herself, and drunk by noon someone to ignore on the street. Mina's achievement here as in Garnethill and Exile, the first two volumes of this trilogy is to transform a trampled spirit into a person to whom attention must be paid. In this work, Maureen is coping with the aftermath of events in Exile. Not only must she testify at the trial of her boyfriend's murderer, psychologist Angus Farrell, but she must also protect her pregnant sister from their father, who has returned to town. As if that weren't enough, Maureen is approached by one of the other stall-holders at a flea market for help in suing her son. When that woman dies of an apparent heart attack, Maureen finds herself involved in trying to unravel a Poland-based prostitution ring. (Things were so much simpler in Miss Marple's day!) Once again, Mina delivers a Scottish blend of Thomas Harris, George Pelecanos, and Oprah-style reading that is uniquely her own and goes down very smoothly. For most public libraries. Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the trilogy Aug. 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
This novel is far and away the best of the entire trilogy. It is so good that it even rates on my "Top Books of All Time" list. Once you get past all the re-telling of backstory, the events which have occured in previous novels, this is a superb book. Newscomers who start with this one will not find themselves lost, because Mina recaps everything that has gone before quite ably. If you have read the previous two, the retelling could get a bit tedious, i suppose, but you can always just ignore it.
It's an excellent novel, full of wonderful, fully formed and likeable characters who just jump off the pages. Mina's descriptions of Glasgow are absolutely superb, and her way with words and turn of phrase is sometimes stunning. The plot is great, the double plot strand intertwine brilliantly. This is a story about less-than average people trying to get through life relatively unscathed and not always making a good job of it.
As i say, the plot is excellent, and the writing is brilliant and assured. It's an incredibly compelling novel which you cannot put down. I ploughed through this one in a single day, i enjoyed it so much. Maureen O'Donnell's story is finally at an end, and after it all, as with all good books, we still want to know more about what is going to happen to her.
The conclusion is great and there are a couple of really neat twists to lift the plot above the excellent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a bible for losers Aug. 22 2002
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Format:Hardcover
this is a depressing book, about a depraved and depressing area [scotland] inhabited by rapists, child molesters, gangsters, drug dealers, hookers, smugglers...and these are the good guys.
a recent study shows that 25 percent of all scottish people are functionally illiterate. it doesn't say how many scottish writers were surveyed.
i am a huge fan of 'crime fiction' from the noir novels of the 1930's on to anything short of books with cats and old ladies in them.
this book is not crime fiction, not a mystery and not a thriller. it is a gritty account of a bunch of losers suffering from various addictions and disorders, but without ANY SEMBLANCE of being hip or cool.
in glasgow it is considered sort of trendy to talk like you are choking to death and to be as down market and degenerate as possible. this book dwells for many hundreds of pages on this kind of vomit chic. [urinating in elevators etc amply described]
as a sociological portrait it is probably quite telling. i have no doubt there ARE lots of people like this. but if i am going to read about them i expect there to be some saving grace: of literary form or style or of revelation of some deeper truth.
forget about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar territory May 10 2002
Format:Hardcover
This third volume featuring Maureen O'Donnell would, in anyone else's hands, have been serious overkill. However, it is a testament to Mina's writing talent that she manages to keep the reader's interest in the self-destructive heroine. In large measure, it's the secondary characters who help to achieve this. Maureen's friends Kilty and Leslie, her brother Liam, and sundry others supply enough contrast to keep one from becoming exhausted by Maureen's drinking, dark thoughts, and generally alcoholic behavior. There are moments of wonderful humor and, as in the two previous books, a fine evocation of Glasgow. That said, much of the action is fairly predictable and there are no great surprises. But the novel has such good momentum that it carries the reader through to a rather tepid conclusion. Definitely worth reading. And it'll be of interest to see what Mina does next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a grand finale March 5 2003
Format:Hardcover
If you're a fan of murder/mystery/swearing then don't buy this book, buy the first two in the series and start from the top, and come back later.
Good glad you bought both the first two, now this one, "resolution", simply put it's ******' brilliant. Sheer bloody genius, great story well told, what more can you want from a book. Muareen (the lead) is up to her usual shenanigans, but Denise Mina finds a way to round off the series in a way that leaves doesn't leave you disspointed. The only disspointment is waiting for the next book from this tallented young lady. 5 stars.
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