The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
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When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread, and the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family.

Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered. The community is stunned by what appears to be a vicious, random attack. When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, heavily pregnant with twins, is called in to investigate, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder. It's a web that will spiral through Alex's own home, the local community, and ultimately right back to a swinging rope, hundreds of miles away.

THE END OF THE WASP SEASON is an accomplished, compelling and multi-layered novel about family's power of damage-and redemption.
 

About Denise Mina

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Denise Mina is the author of The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.
 
Published September 26, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Five months pregnant and chafing under the obtuse supervision of DCI Grant Bannerman, the colleague whose promotion has vaulted him ahead of her, Alex is in anything but the mood to look into the callous murder of Sarah Erroll, dead at the hands (and feet) of a pair of home invaders who somehow m...

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The Guardian

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The End of the Wasp Season, by Denise Mina (Orion, £12.99)Scottish author Mina's latest novel starts with an amazingly violent killing during which a woman's face is stamped to a pulp.

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Publishers Weekly

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Detective Chief Inspector Bannerman, a much reviled colleague of Alex's, fixates on Kay Murray, who's not only a former caregiver for Sarah's recently deceased mother—and whose teenage sons are thought to fit the two killers' basic profile—but also Alex's long ago friend.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Mina’s latest thriller (and follow-up to Still Midnight) set around and in contemporary Glasgow, detective Alex Morrow—pregnant with twins—must investigate the brutal murder of a young woman named Sarah Errol.

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New York Journal of Books

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“An accomplished, complex, and absolutely compelling psychological crime novel, The End of the Wasp Season is expertly paced with just the right amount of grisliness to make it disturbingly authentic.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Then there is Alex's pregnancy - extremely visible though she is only five months gone - and a constant reminder (should it happen to slip their minds) that she is, unlike the mostly male murder squad, female and thus an intruder into a world they have come to believe is theirs alone.

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Independent.ie

A beautiful young woman is disturbed in her home in a wealthy suburb in Glasgow in the middle of the night by two young men.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Glasgow-based Denise Mina is the author of the Garnethill trilogy and the Patricia "Paddy" Meehan series: A Field of Blood (3.5 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2005), The Dead Hour (4 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2006), and Slip of the Knife (4 of 5 Stars Selection May/June 2008).

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Spinetingler Magazine

Each of the first three chapters of this newest novel by Denise Mina, author of the Garnethill trilogy among other wonderful books, introduces the reader to three women, each of them strong and independent, and each tested by events which follow.

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The Christian Manifesto

I enjoyed the book until the end and it’s not that it’s got a bad ending—I simply wanted someone else to be guilty.

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Curious Book Fans

The End of the Wasp Season is 2nd in a series about DS Alex Morrow, a Glaswegian police detective who was introduced in Still Midnight, although I think it could be enjoyed by someone who has not read that book.

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Shots

This is no routine police procedural, however, and nor is Alex Morrow’s investigation a routine hunt.

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