Gods and Beasts

Gods and Beasts

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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In a Glasgow post office one week before Christmas, Martin Pavel cowers on the floor, his eyes locked on those of a terrified child. Above them, a masked gunman wields an AK-47 while the boy's grandfather calmly volunteers to help the robber gather the money. Then the old man stands passively, hands by his sides, as the gunman raises the barrel and shoots him to shreds.

Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, detective Alex Morrow is called in to head the investigation. Why did the grandfather offer his help? Was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past?

Morrow's enquiries bring her to the door of Kenny Gallagher, a politician fighting for his political life-and his marriage-after being publicly accused of having an affair with a young employee. And unknown to Morrow, a temptation too great to resist leads two of her detective colleagues to make a rash decision that will leave them at the mercy of a ruthless blackmailer.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012.
ISBN: 9781443420686
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MIN
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 26, 2017

I found it plodding and slow moving. Characters were uninteresting. It might have made a good short story but not a novel. Too much fluff.

Nov 02, 2016

The third book in the Alex Morrow series

abkeller Nov 17, 2013

How far does corruption reach? You’ll find yourself asking this over and over again as you read this book. Filled with suspense and gritty images, Gods and Beasts provides the reader with a startling image of the seedier side of Glasgow.

Alex Morrow investigates the horrible murder of an elderly gentleman in the middle of a Glasgow post office. The gentleman’s young grandson was also with him at the time but, to get him away from the scene quickly, the boy was promptly handed over to a total stranger. Or did the victim know him after all? Why was the stranger there at all?

In her attempt to uncover the truth, Alex reveals a tangled web of corruption and political strong arm tactics that reach deep into the underworld. By contrast, she has a loving and supportive husband and children. The two are as far removed from each other as fire and water.

I enjoyed this book for its setting in Scotland, with all of the riveting local color. The characters are genuine and the pieces of the plot finally come together in a stunning conclusion. Interesting read.

Aug 13, 2013

This is not up to Mina's usual standard.

Aug 04, 2013

Until the unnecessarily gruesomely described beating of an innocent girl, I enjoyed this book. Then, my rating fell to poor.

Mar 24, 2013

I didn't enjoy this one as much as her last one (End of Wasp Season) but still an engrossing story & a must read for fans of this series. It's deceptive at times as it seems to follow routine investigations but if you're paying attention, there are important things going on in the background, things that will cause huge repercussions for Morrow, personally & professionally. As always, well developed characters & an uber intricate plot. Stick with it, there are two big kickers in the end.

Mar 16, 2013

Gods and Beasts is a fascinating read with an intricate plot and extremely interesting, well defined characters: unusual but totally believable. In this story the world and the people in it are depicted in shades of gray, not black and white. If you are usually a fast reader, I advise you to slow down a bit and pay attention or you are liable to miss a crucial point. Trust me, it is well worth it.


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Aug 14, 2014

DS Alex Morrow is a believable policewoman in Glasgow Scotland. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested til the end. If you're an Anglophile you'll enjoy a crime novel set in this city. There is no romance in this book!

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