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Resolution (Garnethill #3)

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"Resolution can stand alone, battered and proud, as a class-conscious crime novel that dares to tell the ugly truth." -New York Times Book Review

Just as Maureen O'Donnell is struggling to give up drinking, she faces her most formidable challenges yet: testifying against her boyfriend's murderer and the return of her abusive father.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 15th 2007 by Back Bay Books (first published November 1st 2001)
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An excellent conclusion to the Garnethill trilogy. Some of the best writing I have come across in crime fiction. The plots were believable, the characters almost too real, and the Glasgow setting endlessly fascinating.
Sep 25, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime/mystery readers
Shelves: recentlyread
Grim and gritty Glasgow--hard-drinking down-and-outers--kind of the opposite of Scott's Scotland. Denise Mina's books concern sexual abuse and gender politics, and avoid the usual formulas of the police procedural; instead, they're told from the point of view of women and victims. In this trilogy, the central character Maureen O'Donnell requires effort sometimes to like but is hard to resist: she's an alky, she makes crap decisions, and she's no romantic, yet she's brave, loyal, and pissed off a ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Leanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2016 Zelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2012 funkgoddess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a superb series. full of strong, believable women, all of whom are survivors and not victims.
Peter Weissman
I liked this book, though not as much as other Denise Mina books. For me, the problem, or maybe annoyance, is also that of most contemporary whodunit writers who know detectives through TV and the movies, and of course other books, often written a long while ago. In her first trilogy, Mina's mystery unraveler is a reporter--a good guise and rationale for uncovering moral or ethical shmutz, as well as murder. In the Garnethill trilogy, of which this book is #3, I don't know what the protagonist i ...more
Resolution is the third book in the Garnethill trilogy by Denise Mina. I would highly recommend reading this series in order…or you will be completely lost.

It is hard to discuss too much about this book without giving away spoilers to the first two in the series, because this plot wraps up events from those books. On the whole this is a dark, gritty, violent series. It covers a gamut of issues from childhood sexual abuse, alcoholism, family dysfunction, infidelity, drug abuse, rape and of course
James Carmichael
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Jun 02, 2012 Randal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for the blueprint to Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy? Look no further than Denise Mina's "Garnethill" trilogy. These books could easily have been called "Men Who Hate Women." And, make Maureen O'Donnell a little younger and skinnier, give her some tattoos and body piercings, and make her a kick-ass computer hacker and what have you got? A Glaswegian Lisbeth Salander.
Mike Gabor
Jun 12, 2014 Mike Gabor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
Just as Maureen O'Donnell is struggling to give up drinking, she faces her most formidable challenges yet: testifying against her boyfriend's murderer and the return of her abusive father. Irresistibly blending suspense, compassion, raw instinct, and grim wit, Resolution provides a wrenching conclusion to Denise Mina's universally acclaimed Garnethill trilogy.

I really can't say enough good things about this book or about the trilogy. The character of Maureen was terrific. You so want things to g
Nov 28, 2014 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Tredje och sista delen i serien om Maureen O'Donnell var jag egentligen inte alls lockad att läsa, eftersom jag inte gillat de två första speciellt mycket. Läs mer på

Truly disappointing when compared to the first book in
the Garnethilltrilogy. The main characters, Maureen and Leslie seemed to have switched personalities. I was most interested in the murder trial and it was only a very
small portion of the end of the book. I had to force myself to finish it just
to find out what happened at the trial.

Most of the story revolved around Maureen poking into the
death of a woman who was barely an acquaintance and stumbling across a much
larger criminal enterprise. It

Kate Pierson
I love that Glasgow setting of these Maureen O'Donnell books. I've learned so much about Glasgow, and I really have a picture of the city in my head. The writing is wonderful, so vivid. It's just a tad too gritty for me, though, and I think I'll take a break from "hard-boiled" mysteries for a while.
Dec 27, 2007 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Finishing the trilogy in style, with the perfect mix of anger, class consciousness, feminism, scottishness, morbidity, and wit. Read all 3 now, and I mean that.
Lizzie Dewey
Apr 21, 2014 Lizzie Dewey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that it was harrowing, I liked the Garnet Hill trilogy. If you're going to read these books, you have to read them all, and you have to read them in order. There are stand-alone plot lines in each book, but essentially, Garnet Hill, Exile and Resolution are one story. Maureen's story. And even though it sometimes hurts to read about people and families that are this dysfunctional (and some of them are just plain bad), and it shocks because you know these awful things do actually ...more
Amanda Bolderston
Sad to see the end of this great trilogy and say goodbye to my favourite heroine, Maureen O'Donnell. Mauri's past is catching up with her and this book ties up the threads nicely with a nail biting ending that manages to be both surprising and entirely right (if the book was a movie I suspect the audience would be cheering!).
Mina is one of the best crime writers out there, her books are gritty but believable with an undercurrent of wit that saves them from veering into "The Road" style bleaknes
May 23, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This is the third and final book in the Garnethill series. Maureen is trying to put her life back together, but is facing several huge challenges. She is going to have to testify against the man who murdered her boyfriend and is accused of other heinous crimes including rape of women in a psychiatric facility. Her father, the man who abused her as a child, is back in her family’s life, particularly that of her sister, who never believed her accusations and is now about to have a baby. Her mother ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Geraldine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series, 2016
Splendid finale to the Garnethill trilogy. Some extraordinary characters from the seedy side of Glasgow life - but not exclusively Glasgow, I'm sure they have their equivalents in every other major city.

Sometimes I found the characters frustrating - why are educated, reasonably intelligent people leading lives of such of utter dissolution and chaos? but you can't help but like them all - Leslie, Liam, Kilty and especially Maureen. Maureen, this very ordinary, dissolute, chaotic young woman who
Oct 21, 2012 Mei-Lu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta love a pun-y title, right? Resolution is the last book in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy and the title both refers to that and the heroine's desired state of mind.

Maureen O'Donnell's past is catching up with her. The murderer from the first book is on trial, and he's arranged for Maureen to receive regular packages of child pornography in order to throw her off balance. Her sister Una is pregnant and, to prove that she doesn't believe Maureen's story of childhood sexual abuse, Una has be
Jun 05, 2013 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kobo, 2013
This is the final book in the trilogy. It's a hot summer in Glasgow (six months following Exile) and Angus Farrell's trial for the murder of Douglas is about to start. The police are annoying Maureen, sure she'll try to duck out of testifying. Maureen owes a large amount of tax on the money which Douglas left her, and since she's spent it all, she's selling smuggled cigarettes at Paddy's market in the cool arches of the train tracks. She meets Ella, a strange older woman, who asks for her help i ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
I'm finding it hard to say very much about this book without giving the game away.

It's great to see an author writing a genuine trilogy, not a series that runs out of steam after three books, or a series that goes on and on after it ought to have run out of steam, but a real story that takes three books to tell and each book is a separate (and good) story in itself.

To talk very much about the plot in this book would require spoiling the first two books to a degree (and that's exactly what the bl
The North Wall
May 09, 2012 The North Wall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the three novels in the Garnethill trilogy, Resolution is probably the weakest link, but that still leaves it high and above many crime thrillers out there on the shelves. Strangely, given that this is the third in the series, Mina seems to spend an awful lot of time summarising past events and reintroducing characters, something she was less inclined to do in book two. This unnecessarily drags the pacing of the plot into the doldrums and sharper editing would have done the novel a big favour ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended, mystery
This is my review of the complete trilogy so if you haven't read the first two, don't read this review. I read the trilogy in the space of under a week, which is a testament to Mina's writing, the skillful way she builds suspense and dread, and how completely the characters draw you in. But that being said, I can't say that I loved them. Maureen is at turns endearing and feisty and then completely frustrating and idiotic, which I suppose is the mark of well-rounded characterization, but some plo ...more
May 11, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ok, this is book #6 by Denise Mina that I've read and LOVED!! Can I meet her? Is she doing a reading anywhere near me??? :)

The 3rd in the garnet Hill trilogy, Maureen is struggling to make sense of her life and gather this pieces of it created by the tragedy she has both experienced and seen over the life. By now in book 3, main and support characters have become loved and play an important role in the whole of the story. The good and the bad, we feel we know them and totally emphathize with mau
Oct 24, 2013 Merrikay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOOK 99 - [Resolution] by [[Denise Mina]]

Third in the [Garnethill] trilogy, a mystery that takes place in Glasgow. First of all, it was the characters themselves who kept me reading, flawed, courageous (sometimes accidentally so), loving, angry, violent, realistic and, ultimately, inspiring. Secondly, I know very little about Scotland and it was fun learning so much. Every time I picked up one of these books I found myself looking up a meaning for something, from architecture to food to pubs to
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Apr 23, 2016 Ottawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a Guardian Review ... "Maureen is a heroic figure as she bumbles doggedly across the paths of pimps and police, psychopaths and judges, aided by her devoted friends." Mina takes you into Glasgow's underworld and has you meet a range of fascinating characters providing fodder for endless discussion among readers.
Dec 27, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the presence of Maureen's family and friends around her in this story; as the series progresses, she is more and more able to be present with them. I'll admit that there was one character's change of heart that rang somewhat false to me, but it was important for who Maureen becomes and the plot required it, and her reaction is believable. These characters are so naturally developed, one of my favorite things about Mina's work.
I felt like the opening of this book was kind of clunky -- Mina spent more time than I expected rehashing the back story and carefully reintroducing major players from the previous books (in contrast to later in the book where she brings back people that I could barely recall with little to no explanation [Tonsa, Paulsa, etc.]). And Maureen as a character becomes almost too much to handle - her alcoholism starts to spin out of control, and her inability to make a good decision is grating.

But, t
Jan 06, 2015 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last in the trilogy and for some reason this was even grubbier and more graphic than the first two. Maybe because it's the third book Mina decided to use shock tactics to keep the reader's interest. Finished off all the loose ends of the other two books but did a lot of recapping. I'm glad I don't need to read about Maureen, Leslie, Kilty etc any more.
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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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