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Resolution [Hardcover]

Denise Mina
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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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Mystery Sept. 26 2004
By Ez
Maureen O'Donnell has been abused, betrayed and is just trying to make some money. But her sister's baby is due, her father's in town and her former psychologist is up for trial. At the same time, a fellow stallholder at the flea market dies after a brutal beating. More non-American / non-English / non-Australian settings, please! (A)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mina's Finest July 3 2003
Denise Mina concludes her extraordinary trilogy with a superb book. Resolution matches Garnethill and brings to full circle the saga of Maureen O'Donnell, the most interesting character, male or female, to emerge in crime fiction in recent years. Resolution stands on its own, although it is best read in sequence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ... May 16 2003
By A Customer
This is another excellent book by Denise Mina ... part of a fabulous series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a grand finale March 5 2003
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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