Denise Mina Exile

ISBN 13: 9780753124260

Exile

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"Reads like a slap in the face - and a kick in the ribs and a fist in the stomach...like its powerful predecessor, GARNETHILL." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW The last time that Maureen O'Donnell saw Ann Harris she was nursing a couple of broken ribs and reeking of alcohol at the women's shelter. Now Ann has turned up dead hundreds of miles away, in London. Eager to escape some family difficulties of her own, Maureen travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. In the seedy underworld of criminal exiles and dangerous drug lords, Maureen tries to piece together the horror of Ann's last days - and to save herself from a similarly ugly fate. The suspense ratchets up, as with visceral shock and grim wit Denise Mina secures her place among the top-ranking writers of crime fiction today.

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The last time Maureen O'Donnell saw Ann Harris, she was in the Glasgow Women's Shelter smelling of a long binge on cheap drink. A month later Ann's mutilated body, stitched into a mattress, is washed up on the banks of the Thames. No one, except for Maureen and her best friend, Leslie, seems to care about what has happened to her, and Maureen is the only person who thinks Ann's husband is innocent.

In the long tradition of Scots in trouble, Maureen runs away to London. Looking for answers to the mystery surrounding Ann's death, she becomes embroiled in a seedy world of deceit and violence. Alone in a strange city, Maureen starts to piece together Ann's final days. But time is not on her side, and Maureen needs just twelve hours, just twelve, to put things right, and she doesn't care what it costs.

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"Confirms Mina’s place in the premier division… atmospheric, intense and full of the disturbing flavour of inner-city lowlife." – Guardian

"Mina writes with an energy and brio that lifts this novel head and shoulders above the superficial gangster glamour of much contemporary British crime fiction." – The Express

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