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Summary

The last time Maureen O'Donnell saw Ann Harris, she was nursing a couple of broken ribs and reeking of alcohol at the women's shelter. Now Ann has turned up dead hundreds of miles away, in London.

Eager to escape some family difficulties of her own, Maureen travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. In the seedy underworld of criminal exiles and dangerous drug lords, Maureen tries to piece together the horror of Ann's last days - and to save herself from a similarly ugly fate. The suspense ratchets up as, with visceral shock and grim wit, Denise Mina secures her place among the top-ranking writers of crime fiction today.

©2001 Denise Mina (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Still My New Favourite Author

Everything I said in my 5-star review of Garnethill is also true of Exile. In case you can’t find that review I’m copying & pasting it here ... I love a good, fictional crime drama. It can be as gritty as it likes & I’d rather have it set in contemporary UK, where I live. My previous fave in this genre was Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series - set in Belfast. So what I know now is I like them set in a Celtic city. the novel is pacy, surprising, sympathetic-yet-unsentimental, gross, involving, and it made me laugh a lot. It’s got no needless snobbery or cheesy office politics. I love the set-up: who the main character is & how she wrestles the situation round to end up on top. Very unusually for me I read the first two books in the series straight off. Can’t wait to read more in the series. The only very tiny niggle I have is the narrator’s hilarious attempts @ various London accents. Ah bless!

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Fabulous

I’m currently listening to the third book in the Gartnethill trilogy by Denise Mina and I cannot tell you how good they are. Experiencing them on audiobook brings an lifelike edge to the characters added to the fact it’s based in Glasgow just makes it more appealing. The narrator (Katy Anderson) is very talented with a wonderful earthy Glaswegian accent It’s like listening to your pal talking to you! All that being said the books are gritty and at times brutal, covering difficult but important topics like alcoholism, mental illness, murder and abuse, but not in an overly obscene way. I would recommend 100%!

*side note- there is quite a bit of shouting and swearing which didn’t go down well at the traffic lights when the window was down lol*

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Another great read

Loved it Great writing with brilliant narration kept me gripped right to the end.

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Not as funny as Garnethill but still a good read

Enjoyable. Really getting to like this author and the narrator really brings it to life.

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A story that draws you in.

DM returns to her heroin and gives one another taste of gritty family life of people who manage to get buy when weaker people would not. And all wrapped around a mystery. Totally believable characters.

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Another hit from Denise Mina

I loved this book, couldn't wait for the next chapter. Great how it carried on from the previous book. The excellent narration brought the story to life, keeping the listener engaged all the time. Can't wait for the next novel from this author.

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Maureen o donnell is brilliant!

Just wanted to say that the narration of the various characters was top notch.
Story was a bit mixed up in places - probably clearer in just reading the book.
Have become a lifelong Denise Mina fan