Exile /

by Mina, Denise.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001Edition: 1st ed.Description: 364 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0786708387 :.Title notes: $25.00 6-2001Subject(s): Women social workers -- Fiction | Women's shelters -- Fiction | Glasgow (Scotland) -- Fiction | London (England) -- Fiction | Mystery fiction
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This compelling successor to Garnethill, which won the prestigious John Creasy Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel in 1998, returns to Glasgow's grimmer precincts and the untidy life of Maureen O'Donnell. It also again pulls Maureen into a grisly case of murder -- this time of Ann Harris, who had been nursing two broken ribs and reeking of alcohol when she'd visited Maureen's office at the women's shelter two weeks before her mutilated body was washed up by the Thames hundreds of miles away.<p>Eager to quit Glasgow for a spell and escape her own problems, Maureen travels to London to search out the circumstances surrounding Ann's brutal death -- and soon finds herself treacherously out of her depth. As Maureen strives in desperation to piece together Ann's last days in order to save herself from a similar fate, the suspense ratchets up and Denise Mina secures her place among the top-ranking writers of hard-boiled crime fiction at work today.

$25.00 6-2001

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Mina follows up 1999's Garnethill with another novel that is just as gritty. Set in Glasgow, it features Maureen O'Donnell, who labors under enough impediments to fuel two soap opera seasons: alcoholism, parental abuse, trouble finding Mr. Right, and not even a wee dram of fashion sense. Then she stumbles into the matter of finding out what happened to Ann Harris. Ann, a resident of the battered women's shelter where Maureen has been working, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Has she been killed in London? Did she add drugs to her alcohol problems? Maureen and Leslie, a friendly administrator from the shelter, join forces to find out. Suspicion falls on Ann's boyfriend, the much put-upon Jimmy, who is forever caring for the four weans Ann has left behind. Jimmy falls almost too easily into the role of prime suspect until Maureen and Leslie start rooting around in the less savory parts of Glasgow and London to uncover the truth. A good suggestion for anyone who appreciates their mysteries dark, while the female bonding should appeal especially to fans of the Val McDermid mysteries. Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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