GARNETHILL.

Mina, Denise.

ISBN 10: 0786706120 / ISBN 13: 9780786706129
Published by New York: Carroll & Graf, (1999.) dj, 1999
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First US printing. The first novel by this young Scots writer, one of the strongest and best new voices in crime fiction - one review described this novel, set in "the grimmest of Glasgow's hilltop neighborhoods" as "the humor's black as coal and the action bright as a switchblade." John Creasey Award Winner for Best First Crime Novel. Mina is not yet nearly as well-known as she should be - SIGNED on the title page. 349 pp. Very good in very good dust jacket (hint of spine slant). Bookseller Inventory # 47137

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Title: GARNETHILL.

Publisher: New York: Carroll & Graf, (1999.) dj

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A taut crime novel with a heroine as tough as Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski and Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta -- and more down-to-earth than either -- Garnethill won the British Crime Writers Association's prestigious John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel.

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Garnethill (the name of a bleak Glasgow suburb) won the John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel--the British equivalent of the Edgar. It's a book that crackles with mordant Scottish wit and throbs with the pain of badly treated mental illness, managing to be both truly frightening and immensely exhilarating at the same time.

Maureen O'Donnell, surely one of the most unlikely crime solvers in recent history, comes from a family so seriously dysfunctional that it deserves a television series of its own. Her mother is an overly dramatic alcoholic who "could scene-steal from an eclipse"; her brother Liam is a bumbling drug dealer; and the black sheep of the family is a sister who went to London and became a Thatcherite. The troubled but gutsy Maureen decides to dump her boyfriend, Douglas--an abusive (and married) psychologist she met while a patient at a sex-abuse clinic. After a night of drinking with a friend who's a social worker, Maureen wakes up to find that Douglas has been tied to a kitchen chair in her flat with his throat slashed. As someone with both a motive and a history of mental illness, Maureen is the most likely suspect--until a second, similar murder occurs that links the crimes to a local psychiatric hospital. Denise Mina, who has a background in health care, law, and criminology, is definitely a writer to watch. --Dick Adler

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