“Still Midnight” by Denise Mina
A member of the Tartan Noir, Denise Mina (“Garnethill”) moves between the mean streets of Glasgow and its seemingly comfortable suburbs. Whether inside a stolen car waiting to start a home invasion, or in the flashbacks to the horrors of Idi Amins Uganda, she brilliantly draws us into the characters.
DS Alex Morrow badly wants to be in charge of the case, but she is outside the old boys network of senior police, and is made answerable to her nemesis DS Grant Bannerman. Undeterred, Alex probes the veneer of this suburban family, unaware it will take her back to her past life in the city’s grim southside. A life and people she would rather forget.
A real page-tturner, the story twists and the characters come alive, some just trying to get by, others bristling with impatience and ambition. Some are within the law, others in a world where violence is an accapted means of settlement.
If you enjoy Prime Suspect and Rebus, try this.
Reviewed by Pauline King.