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The Red Road (Alex Morrow #4)

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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 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 hi
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2013)
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Kate Vane
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
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Amanda
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
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Barbara
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 ...more
Chris Witkowski
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
Mike Gabor
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,
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Larraine
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
Sandy
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
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Minty McBunny
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 Alex...it 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
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J.
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
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Donna
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,
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Gabi Coatsworth
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.
Robyn
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
Marina Sofia
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.
Amanda Bolderston
I was so happy to get my hands on the latest Alex Morrow, Denis Mina is my favourite crime writer (with Mo Hayder sneaking in a close second). This is the fourth in the series and we're reintroduced to DI Morrow, struggling to do the right thing in the Glasgow police force, where everyone seems to compromise to some extent. She's strapped for cash and living with past work issues, a new team, young twins, a crooked brother and a deeply entrenched old boys network. Mina is at her best when writin ...more
Gloria Feit
In her third book featuring DI Alex Morrow, Denise Mina has her usual protagonist almost take a back seat to Rose Wilson, introduced to readers on the first page as a fourteen-year-old prostitute (“looking sixteen, feeling twelve”), a resident of a care home,. Her pimp is Samuel McCaig (known as “Sammy the Perv” for obvious reasons), who also resides in the care home, and the only one in Rose’s life who takes any interest in her, as unwholesome as that interest may be. Those opening pages encomp ...more
Ann Woodbury Moore
This is the first Denise Mina novel I've read. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, "The Red Road" features DI Alex (Alexandra) Morrow. It's part of what's been nicknamed the "Gritty Scottish Urban" mystery genre--think Ian Rankin, among others. Morrow becomes involved in several cases that seem on the surface to be totally unconnected, but end up tied together through personalities, attitudes, and history. One of Mina's major themes is that of the crooked cop, and even though Morrow refers several times t ...more
Suspense Magazine
Heart-pumping danger took me on a thrilling ride through this book, the fourth Alex Morrow Scottish procedural.
The action flips back and forth between a series of events in 1997 and another series, involving many of the same characters in present time. This was a tiny bit confusing at first, but after I caught on to where everyone was, my enjoyment was heightened by this device. It’s essential to know how the events that happened to Rose Wilson and to several other key players affect what’s goi
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Naomi
I saw Denise Mina interviewed by Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show. She was captivating and funny and interesting. I love that Ferguson had her on his show -- how often is an author on a talk show? A novelist; an author that isn't Gwyneth or some former White House insider. Thank you, Craig Ferguson, for letting me see Denise Mina as herself instead of through the brilliant characters she creates in her books.

The Red Road is another in a series of Alex Morrow books. Alex is a brilliant and di
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Lukasz Pruski
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
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Kathleen Hagen
The Red Road, by Denise Mina, a-minus, Narrated by Cathleen McCarron, Produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

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 hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells. He is accused of murdering his brother. But as Alex looks through r
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Marie Jenkinson
Mar 15, 2014 Marie Jenkinson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime fiction fans
Recommended to Marie by: Found on Net Galley :)
I'm a huge fan of Scottish crime writing, yet Denise Mina has managed to slip under my radar (quite a few books!) so I was looking forward to giving this a go.

Being the fourth book in the Alex Morrow series, I did feel at a slight disadvantage - but it was a review copy so I couldn't resist reading it.

The central plot revolves around the story of Rose Wilson - a young, under-age girl who looks to be of consenting age - who is pimped out by an opportunist 'boyfriend' until she snaps. On the nig
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Katherine
*3.5 stars.
"He asked the questions in lawyers, curt and wordy at the same time, conventions of a profession which valued precision but billed by the hour" (20).
“Everyone else in the court was looking away, embarrassed to witness such blatant, honeydewed attraction between two slightly unprepossessing middle-aged people” (29).
“...the lining was pink silk with tiny hummingbirds on it, as if the man had pulled a tiny exotic garden around himself” (51).
“...and that the periods of his life where he h
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C.C. Thomas
This is a Scottish mystery--a first for me. As expected, I struggled with some of the lingo a bit. Things are just different there so expect to be a little confused about descriptions and turns of phrases. It was harder to read than a British mystery, but well worth the effort.

Michael Brown is a scumbag and belongs behind bars for his latest crime. However, police detective Alex Morrow discovers that one of his earlier crimes might be a setup. She hesitates because the discovery could release hi
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Monica
Poor Alex Morrow - trying to juggle the roles of Mother to young twins, detective, and wife, money worries, and a couple of strange cases. And she keeps getting tripped up by the men in her life - the impact on her career and reputation of the fact that her half brother is an acknowledged villain, though not to her and her kids, and by the niceness and naivete of her husband which nearly drops her in the soup as well.

The cases are complicated with a fair amount of moral ambiguity, villains who a
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Lynn
In The Red Road, Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is a witness in the trial of an arms dealer, Michael Brown. While fervently hoping the trial will end soon so Brown can become a closed chapter in her life, Morrow gets unexpected news. Brown's fingerprints have been found at a murder scene; a murder that was committed three days ago. Morrow digs deep to discover how a jailed inmate's fingerprints could be at a recent murder. Her search will take her back to 1997 and the scent of corruption.

Denise
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Mary
“The Red Road” by Denise Mina. Mina is one of those women that you have to admire. She’s lived interesting places and done amazing things. Her crime novels have been called grim and dark, but sometimes funny and always compelling. “The Dead Hour” was nominated for an Anthony, an Edgar, and a Macavity Award. She’s written eleven novels which have included three different mystery series. “The Red Road” is the fourth book in the Alex Morrow series. Morrow is a police detective who would rather stay ...more
Mendy
***I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.***

I absolutely loved this book. It was fast paced and I didn't want to put it down. I found myself wanting to find out what was going to happen next. This is not the first book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone book. There was a lot of characters, but I felt that you were given enough background on each. Rose was complex and tormented soul. I truly felt for her. The whole time I was reading this
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Geeta
I found this book really tedious and unnecessarily complicated. Mina follows three story lines here: Morrow's investigation, which is affected by the two other plot lines. For me, there were too many balls in the air, and Mina's usual crisp, uncluttered way of introducing characters failed here. I couldn't remember all the connections between people or why they mattered, and in the end, I just raced through it so I could be finished. And, the more I think about it, the more I prefer the Paddy Me ...more
Emma
i somehow forgot about denise mina and was pumped to see this on the library's new fiction shelf. i used to read her books as soon as they came out, and i was so happy for a new alex morrow! as always, the writing is excellent and the characters realistically drawn. i read this quickly but the final 50 pages or so left me wanting more - as a whole, it was more like a few episode arc of a TV show about alex, not a standalone story. too much reliance on you knowing morrow/her past - and an assumpt ...more
Maddy
RATING: 3.5

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
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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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