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The Red Road

by Denise Mina

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LoveReading View on The Red Road

Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014.

February 2014 Book of the Month.

The fourth DI Alex Morrow mystery.  It is believed that Denise Mina is doing for Glasgow what Rebus did for Edinburgh.  Certainly she creates a city full of corruption where the high and the low get sucked into dark crimes.  Covering two periods, 1997 and today, with some brilliant characters, this is excellent police procedural stuff, dark, clever, atmospheric and well plotted.

 

Denise Mina will be appearing at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (17-20 July 2014). Click here to find out more and to book tickets.

 

 

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Red Road a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Red Road, displays many of the familiar strengths Mina-addicts will love: a smart and determined yet conflicted central character, an unusual and intriguing hook, some casually thrown-in one-liners and an ability to have the reader desperate to turn the page.' - Daniel Webb. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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The Red Road Synopsis

A girl who has seen more darkness than most. A Scottish lawyer waiting to be killed. A fingerprint discovered at a murder scene, from a man who couldn't possibly have been there.

 

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As DI Alex Morrow investigates the death of a young businessman, she uncovers a vicious network of power and corruption that reaches back to Glasgow on the night Princess Diana died. And to a fourteen-year-old girl sat in a car with a dead body, the murder weapon still in her hand.

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The Red Road Reader Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Red Road. You can read their reviews below. 

 

Daniel Webb - 'The Red Road, displays many of the familiar strengths Mina-addicts will love: a smart and determined yet conflicted central character, an unusual and intriguing hook, some casually thrown-in one-liners and an ability to have the reader desperate to turn the page.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Amanda Donovan - Denise Mina writes in a unique poetic yet gritty style...This book is a must for all crime fiction fans...it is guaranteed to shock and delight.' Click here to read the full review.

Ray Orgill
- 'The Red Road is a cleverly constructed plot based in Glasgow... The story progresses to a believable and satisfactory conclusion though the journey is very exciting and tense.  I hope we see more of DI Morrow.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Magda North - 'I read a lot of crime fiction and am thrilled to find a new British author that I rate. The material is gritty but the writing is lovely.' Click here to read the full review.

Judith Smith
- 'This is not a formulaic crime novel with a middle aged detective either alcoholic or recovering who is unable to form relationships but this has a young female detective inspector, married with twins facing significant challenges in a male dominated world.' Click here to read the full review.

 

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Praise for Denise Mina:

 

'A brilliantly plotted tale that segues between past and present, The Red Road is a tartan noir police procedural to rival Ian Rankin's best work, as Mina blends the harsh realities facing Glasgow's underprivileged kids with the salubrious world inhabited by the city's legal and financial wizards. The chief appeal, however, is Alex Morrow herself, a meticulously crafted character of depth and substance who succeeds in a patriarchal environment by virtue of her intelligence, persistence and humanity' - IRISH TIMES

 

'Mina is a dab hand at constructing complex reads in which corruption permeates all levels of society and no one is left untainted, and THE RED ROAD is no exception: unsentimental, unsettling, and very, very good.' -  GUARDIAN

 

'This hugely engrossing tale of murder, corruption and lies in Glasgow manages to successfully tackle the political as well as the personal and might be Mina's finest novel' -  METRO

 

'Mina's crime novels are doing for Glasgow what Rebus did for Edinburgh: these fine mysteries also dig into the life of a city.' -  MAIL ON SUNDAY

 

'The plot is as compelling as it is intricate. Denise Mina grows in assurance and becomes more accomplished with every book; and this one is a cracker, beautifully worked-out, every scene serving a purpose... I suggest you may want to go back to savour the details, for this is that rare thing, a crime novel that invites, and benefits from, a second reading.' - Allan Massie THE SCOTSMAN

 

'The Glasgow author's 11th novel and her fourth to feature DI Alex Morrow is one of my favourite current crime stories. It's a brilliant, morally complex look at child abuse, police cover-up and corruption. Uncompromising and written with real psychological depth.' - BIG ISSUE 

 

'All Denise Mina's books combine good reading with interesting sociological insights... Mina has a social worker's understanding of life at the bottom of society and a fine writer's ability to bring her characters to life' -  LITERARY REVIEW

The Red Road Press Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Red Road. You can read their reviews below. 

 

Daniel Webb - 'The Red Road, displays many of the familiar strengths Mina-addicts will love: a smart and determined yet conflicted central character, an unusual and intriguing hook, some casually thrown-in one-liners and an ability to have the reader desperate to turn the page.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Amanda Donovan - Denise Mina writes in a unique poetic yet gritty style...This book is a must for all crime fiction fans...it is guaranteed to shock and delight.' Click here to read the full review.

Ray Orgill
- 'The Red Road is a cleverly constructed plot based in Glasgow... The story progresses to a believable and satisfactory conclusion though the journey is very exciting and tense.  I hope we see more of DI Morrow.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Magda North - 'I read a lot of crime fiction and am thrilled to find a new British author that I rate. The material is gritty but the writing is lovely.' Click here to read the full review.

Judith Smith
- 'This is not a formulaic crime novel with a middle aged detective either alcoholic or recovering who is unable to form relationships but this has a young female detective inspector, married with twins facing significant challenges in a male dominated world.' Click here to read the full review.

 

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Praise for Denise Mina:

 

'A brilliantly plotted tale that segues between past and present, The Red Road is a tartan noir police procedural to rival Ian Rankin's best work, as Mina blends the harsh realities facing Glasgow's underprivileged kids with the salubrious world inhabited by the city's legal and financial wizards. The chief appeal, however, is Alex Morrow herself, a meticulously crafted character of depth and substance who succeeds in a patriarchal environment by virtue of her intelligence, persistence and humanity' - IRISH TIMES

 

'Mina is a dab hand at constructing complex reads in which corruption permeates all levels of society and no one is left untainted, and THE RED ROAD is no exception: unsentimental, unsettling, and very, very good.' -  GUARDIAN

 

'This hugely engrossing tale of murder, corruption and lies in Glasgow manages to successfully tackle the political as well as the personal and might be Mina's finest novel' -  METRO

 

'Mina's crime novels are doing for Glasgow what Rebus did for Edinburgh: these fine mysteries also dig into the life of a city.' -  MAIL ON SUNDAY

 

'The plot is as compelling as it is intricate. Denise Mina grows in assurance and becomes more accomplished with every book; and this one is a cracker, beautifully worked-out, every scene serving a purpose... I suggest you may want to go back to savour the details, for this is that rare thing, a crime novel that invites, and benefits from, a second reading.' - Allan Massie THE SCOTSMAN

 

'The Glasgow author's 11th novel and her fourth to feature DI Alex Morrow is one of my favourite current crime stories. It's a brilliant, morally complex look at child abuse, police cover-up and corruption. Uncompromising and written with real psychological depth.' - BIG ISSUE 

 

'All Denise Mina's books combine good reading with interesting sociological insights... Mina has a social worker's understanding of life at the bottom of society and a fine writer's ability to bring her characters to life' -  LITERARY REVIEW

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ISBN: 9781409137283
Publication date: 13/02/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781409137283
Publication date: 13th February 2014
Author: Denise Mina
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Denise Mina

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an engineer, her family moved twenty-one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen.After leaving school at sixteen and a run of poorly paid jobs, she went on to study Law at Glasgow University and researched a PhD thesis at Strathclyde. Misusing her grant, she stayed at home and wrote her first novel, Garnethill, which was published in 1998 and won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for best first crime novel.Since 1998 she has written seven further novels, including The ...

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