Gods and Beasts

A Novel
By Denise Mina (Hardcover Book, 2013)
It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.

DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.

It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.

DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.

Denise Mina is the author of The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.
  • PRAISE FOR GODS AND BEASTS:

    "If you don't love Denise Mina, you don't love crime fiction. I guarantee Gods and Beasts will be one of your top books of the year." (Val McDermid, author of The Retribution).

  • PRAISE FOR THE END OF THE WASP SEASON:


    "There's no going wrong with a Mina mystery. Her Glasgow-based books are full of great, conflicted women characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, and serious thoughts about the past's habit of strangling the present...It's Mina's most diverting book in years.  A-"
    (Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Mina's crime novels always carry literary weight. This one has heft in abundance...Mina's plot is masterfully suspenseful [and] layered." (Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

  • "[A] stellar follow-up to Still Midnight...The gulf between social classes and the disintegration of families both inform this memorable police procedural." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)).

  • "This superb story of family, class, love, and redemption is wrapped--or slowly unwrapped--around a complex, intriguing plot...Mina is at her darkly brilliant best, casting shadows among the few rays of hope. Grade: A" (Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  • "Exciting...A fascinating psychological study that leaves the reader guessing until almost the last page. Mina's latest is a collection of brilliant character studies, all packaged up nicely in a first-class murder mystery. I can't wait for more." (Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun).

Product Details

Gods and Beasts
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $25.99 US
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316188524
  • On Sale Date: 02/26/2013
Gods and Beasts