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The Red Road (Alex Morrow #4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,523 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Alex Morrow faces her toughest opponents yet in this brilliant new thriller about criminals, consequences, and convictions.

Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Michael Brown ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she's known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Brown's trial, where the case
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2013)
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Jun 20, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
This Scottish mystery begins in 1997, on the night Princess Diana died. Fourteen-year-old Rose Wilson is out with her pimp Sammy who regularly rents her out to groups of older men. On that fateful night, however, Rose kills two people and promptly surrenders to the police. Her appointed lawyer, Julius Macmillan, sees potential in Rose and makes arrangements to insure that she gets a light prison sentence and a job when she gets out.

Skip to the present and Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is ques
Kate Vane
Aug 27, 2013 Kate Vane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DI Alex Morrow is an agreeably flawed character. She wears cheap suits. She gets things wrong. She loves her twins but is always working late. She wants to get on but she can’t play the political game.

The Morrow novels are not whodunnits. The reader is often inside the head of the criminals, we see how they think, we are challenged to consider what we would have done in their place. In The Red Road, this is particularly true of Rose, a young girl who kills her abuser and whose life is transforme
Nov 13, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
Mystery/crime fiction is my go-to genre for “comfort reading,” and I love the UK setting. This is another solid installation in Mina’s series following DI Alex Morrow. In general these books tend to be whydunnits rather than whodunits and I always feel like Mina makes us work for the why. This particular story is interesting because two of the players begin their stories as victims. In the end, how much blame should be placed on a person against whom the cards were stacked from the very beginnin ...more
Chris Witkowski
Mar 02, 2014 Chris Witkowski rated it really liked it
Denise Mina has done it again. In The Red Road she delivers a tight, suspenseful mystery that unfolds in the present time, with flashbacks to 1997, the night when Princess Diana died. On that fateful day Rose, a fourteen year old orphan, in the government care system, making extra money being pimped out, commits two bloody murders. But she only serves time for one of them, and is able to make a life for herself when she gets out with the help of her seemingly kindly solicitor (not sure if that's ...more
Minty McBunny
Mar 06, 2014 Minty McBunny rated it it was amazing
Oh Denise, how I love you. There's not an author on earth who managed to win me over as thoroughly as you. I went from not being able to stand Still Midnight, to being mildly intrigued by The End of the Wasp Season, to worshiping at your feet by the end of Gods and Beasts. I crave your writing like a drug.

And only took me 4 books, but I finally have an emotional connection to Alex Morrow. I went from feeling she was a teflon coated, overly defensive b*tch in the first book, to being in
Jun 12, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review: The Red Road by Denise Mina
Review by Amanda Donovan
Denise Mina writes in a unique poetic yet gritty style which brought images of the TV series, Dexter to mind. My favourite sentence of the book is ‘…filigreed with blood, deaf to the skirl of the horn.’
The author writes a compelling plot centred on Rose Wilson who is fourteen, lives in a children’s home and is abused by the people she trusts. The Red Road begins with a bang in Glasgow in 1997, then switches to the present day and grown
Marina Sofia
Jan 29, 2014 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it
What is it about Glasgow that makes its writers unremittingly realistic and bleak? A novel in which you feel sorry for just about everybody - and where it's never entirely clear who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.
Nov 12, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: criminal-mystery
This fourth book in the Alex Morrow series wasn't one of my favorites, but it was still worth reading for the intricate way that the author wove the story together from seemingly unrelated threads that connected by the end.

Ms. Mina's books are a little different in this genre because they are not "who done its," rather, they are "why and how done its." And she concentrates on the criminals, fleshing them out every bit as much as she does the main character, Detective Alex Morrow, and sometimes,
Jan 13, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
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Mar 29, 2014 Robyn rated it it was ok
an intricate and convoluted plot and denise mina's darkly brilliant prose can't save this 4th Alex Morrow novel from being pedestrian...mina's usual depth of emotion and subtly-fashioned atmosphere are both missing, which leaves only unrelenting grimness...the story spends way too much time in the heads of several of the peripheral characters, especially Robert McMillan, without revealing much of interest or insight, yet others are barely fleshed out...and the moral dilemmas alex faces, dilemmas ...more
Alex Morrow is a police detective in gritty Glasgow. Her half-brother Danny is a local gangster, a fact known to her colleagues, but one that some of her enemies try to use against her. This story starts with two violent murders in 1997 involving a 14-year old in care, Rose. Years later, Alex finds herself investigating the murder of a local philanthropist, which she is sure is connected to these old cases. Denise Mina is one my favorite Tartan Noir authors. This is the latest in the Alex Morrow ...more
Gabi Coatsworth
Jul 21, 2014 Gabi Coatsworth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, contemporary
I listened to the excellent audio book version of the novel. Denise Mina paints a gritty picture of Glasgow as DI Alex Morrow struggles to discover the truth of crimes old and new. The plot is ingenious, and though it's sometimes a question of how-dunnit rather than who-dunnit it maintains the thrilling pace on almost every page. Kudos to the reader for her understandable Scottish accents and terrific expression in her voice as she reads.
May 20, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
Good stuff as always from Denise Mina. Realistic policing and grotty criminals of all social classes. Despite Mina herself having set out to make DI Alex Morrow not an attractive person I really like her. She's tough, fair and vulnerable.
This series gets better with every book. The reader still has a lot to learn about Alex Morrow but she is the detective all of us would want on our side to see that justice is done.
Apr 02, 2017 Alison rated it it was ok
I found this book a bit of a struggle. I don't know if it's because it's the fourth in the series and I haven't read the first three but I found myself doing pretty much anything to avoid reading it (even housework was preferable).

There's nothing wrong with the writing and it's easy enough to read, I just felt like there were far too many points of view and no real story. I couldn't figure out what exactly the point of it was, it's not a who dunnit and doesn't follow a police investigation (alth
Apr 09, 2017 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story again. Looking forward to last in series which hopefully carries on from this book
Mar 15, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is book #4 of the Alex Morrow series & the story is told on 2 fronts. In the present day, Alex is set to testify at the trial of a convicted murderer now up on other charges.
Michael Brown had a rough childhood. In 1997, he killed his brother while they were living in care. Coincidentally, in a nearby alley another murder took place that same night. Rose, a 14 year old from a neighbouring care facility, fatally stabbed her pimp.
The 2 teens didn't know each other but in flashback
Lukasz Pruski
Mar 20, 2014 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
Denise Mina is not just a great mystery writer and the "tartan noir" flag bearer. She is a great writer, without the "mystery" qualifier. Her "Garnethill" is one of my favorite books - ostensibly a crime novel, it is a deep and wise piece of real literature about the human condition. "The End of the Wasp Season" and "Gods and Beasts" , although flawed, transcend the usual limitations of the mystery genre and contain some breathtakingly beautiful fragments of prose.

Glasgow, 1997. The night that
Jun 01, 2014 Larraine rated it it was amazing
Reading a novel by Denise Mina means that you really have to pay total attention. Different stories happen all at the same time, plus often go back in time. In this book, the reader is presented with all of the above. Where were you the night that Princess Diana died? If you live in Great Britain you remember it clearly. On that night two young men are murdered. One is a pimp who is murdered by Rose who is "14 but looks 16" and the other is a boy who is murdered by his younger brother. In the pr ...more
Jul 31, 2014 J. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, scotland, mina
Procedural featuring DI Alex Morrow, notching in at either three or four in the series, not quite sure. Regardless, a well-paced outing that wastes little time getting the ducks in a row, and relentlessly knocking them right down again.

Author Denise Mina's strengths are her spare prose that can be thoughtful, reflective or alternately quick and precise without getting off the rails. Difficult to notice, but what she gets away with not saying quite often keeps the larger picture much less crowded
Mike Gabor
Mar 14, 2014 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Mark Lynch ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she's known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Lynch's trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells.

When the investigation leads to a privileged Scottish lawyer who's expecting to be assassinated after a money laundering scheme goes bad, and a woman who's spying on the people who put her in jail,
Dottie Gariti
Mar 14, 2014 Dottie Gariti rated it it was ok
Mina can either hook you right away, or leave you struggling and this book left me struggling. There are so many people introduced, so many crimes being committed, covered up and solved that interest lags. If the question "Why," is answered it was done so subtly that I am afraid I would have to read it again to figure out what the young abused girl had to do with everything, unless she was kept out of things in order to keep her from testifying. Part of the confusion could be the difference in c ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads

Rose Wilson was prostituted at a young age. After she is involved in a homicide, an attorney named Julius McMillan takes her under his wing and out from under her sordid life. She becomes the nanny for his son's children. However, the past is a beast that rises again, and Rose is looked at again when police detective Alex Morrow investigates a murder. Mina has deep sympathy for her characters. I did find it difficult to follow the narrative due to switching between different time peri
Mar 19, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
This was a riveting book and another great mystery in series. The line between right and wrong is more blurred than ever for me....but not for Alex Morrow. Alex is my favorite Denise Mina main character now. I love them all: all women, all outsiders, all Glaswegian. I'm calling Alex my favorite in hope that the author will read my review and write me some more books to read.
Apr 29, 2014 Mainlinebooker rated it really liked it
intricate compelling plot that begins with the sexual abuse of a 14 year old, two killings, an arrest and then switches to 15 years later when the DI Alex Morrow has to uncover another murder.Every scene is purposeful and demands more concentration to connect all the dots. This thriller differs in exploring the questions and motivations surrounding the came as opposed to a strict procedural.
May 07, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fiction
I thought this book was going to be a exciting but it turned out to be on the dull side for me. I don't know what it is about this series some books are really good and other are just blah. It just felt like your typical murder/cop mystery.
Barbara Walsh
Aug 21, 2015 Barbara Walsh rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this book. I didn't find the characters to be very well developed and I found myself not caring for how things would turn out.
Katrina-Jane Katrina-Jane
I just couldn't get into it I'm afraid, nothing in particular I just don't think it was my kind of book.
Melinda Rachlin
Jul 14, 2016 Melinda Rachlin rated it it was ok
I did not think much of this one. Mystery wasn't very surprising; characters were not very well developed and the detective was forgettable.
Jan 22, 2017 Xerxessia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
Während der ersten Hälfte des Buchs war mir sehr undurchsichtig, was da los ist und was die vielen Ereignis-Stränge miteinander zu tun haben. Besonders, weil ich nicht viel Zeit zum Lesen hatte, und meist nur kurze Stücke lesen konnte. Die zweite Hälfte hat sich das dann zunehmend aufgeklärt (auch für die Protagonistin) und ich konnte auf einen Haps den Rest lesen. Erst beim zweiten Überfliegen hat sich allerdings für mich alles schlüssig ergeben.
Ich mag diese sperrige Alex Morrow und werde mir
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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe
She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.
Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
At twenty one sh
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Alex Morrow (5 books)
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