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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Mina Narrator: Jane MacFarlane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Morrow Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781482979411
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Alex Morrow is not new to the police force—or to crime—but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received. On a still night in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, three armed men have slipped from a van into a house, demanding a man who is not, and has never been, inside the front door. In the confusion that ensues, one family member is shot and another kidnapped, the assailants demanding an impossible ransom. Is this the amateur crime gone horribly wrong that it seems, or something much more unexpected? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Alex Morrow, a detective sergeant with the Strathclyde police force, is another of Mina’s prickly heroines, the kind you love at your own risk…She’s also the smartest cop in the shop, the only one sensitive enough to interpret the subtle vagaries of human behavior. It’s a huge pleasure to watch her crack the ‘family myths and fables’ that blood relatives instinctively adopt as protection from outsiders—and as a way of preserving themselves from members of their own clan.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] stellar first in a new series…Mina, who’s as much at ease with cops as she is with the people they chase, laces this potent crime thriller with colorful Scottish slang and delivers a sucker-punch climax.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mina is adept at capturing the rhythms of life in Glasgow among the down-and-out. She vividly portrays the squalor of the underworld while depicting even her bad guys in all of their human complexity, which gives her novels a rare grace.”

    Library Journal

  • “A startling exploration of characters who stubbornly refuse to stay in the boxes they've been assigned.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Mina is acutely sensitive to characters’ mental states, rendering them with a precision which blurs the line between heroism and villainy. At the same time, her prose is both nimble and muscular.”

    The Guardian

  • “The book really has everything you want in a crime novel: enormous suspense, acerbic wit, arresting detail, and an ever-mutating plot. But there is improbable sweetness here too. There is a word I would never have used to describe Denise Mina’s work until now; but the truth is, this intense, fast-moving crime drama is, in the end, utterly charming.”

    Barnesandnoble.com Review

  • “Mina shakes the tired format of the thriller until all the clichés come out…Still Midnight is both unsettling, exhilarating, [and] ferociously gripping.”

    The Independent

  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best British Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Collier | 2/2/2014

    " I found this book interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Wallace Projansky | 2/1/2014

    " Love Denise Mina books, this one has flawed detectives and bumbling crooks. Great psychological tension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting, not a typical mystery, great background, good humor. Like this author a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ksafford | 1/24/2014

    " Story sounded good but did not like writer's style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Lewis | 1/23/2014

    " I always enjoy Denise Mina. She describes a gloomily beautiful Glasgow, and her characters are always very human and almost anti-heroes. The mysteries are not predictable, to me anyway, and they are quick and enjoyable reads. Still Midnight introduced me to a new main character, who I hope to read more of in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary N. | 1/21/2014

    " Another "Couldn't put it down" Mina mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/12/2014

    " This is the first Denise Mina book I've ever been disappointed with. But to be fair it kept me turning the pages at a record clip. Slip of the Knife set the bar really bloody high and this book didn't quite clear it. Won't stop me from reading every word this woman writes however! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle Pedemonte | 1/9/2014

    " Almost 5 stars. This is one of my favorite authors. Gritty Glasgow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Broekstra | 1/2/2014

    " This book was a bit disappointing after having read The End Of The Wasp Season, Denise Mina's latest book. That book was quite good compared to Still Midnight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/27/2013

    " Upon finishing it, though, I can't quite say that the details of the crime quite hung together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle Baxter | 11/23/2013

    " Excellent, a brilliant crime thriller, and Denise Mina captures the character and culture of Glasgow perfectly - her characters are also realistic and flawed. Can't wait to read more Alex Morrow books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irmak Ertuna-howison | 11/20/2013

    " alex morrow is my favorite detective. these novels are great for thos who love smart police procedurals. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 10/19/2013

    " I really tried to like this book. Recommendation from a bookseller who said "If you like The Gril With the Dragon Tattoo..... read this" Meh, not so much. I made it about half-way through but trying to get interested in this title is just taking too long. Moving on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mintzis | 10/18/2013

    " There's a horrific element to her mysteries. But she zeroes in on the psychology of victims, perps and police. Sometimes too much psychology - but always interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/24/2013

    " This was a good modern mystery/detective novel. Reminded me of Tara French's In the Woods or one of Kate Atkinson's detective stories. A little slow at first, then picked up pace. I liked the the various narrators and different perspectives. I'll read another by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 6/18/2013

    " I love a good police procedural. Enjoyed the setting in Glasgow. Some loose ends in the plot. This is the first Denise Mina book I have read - I plan to read some of her other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Tanyà | 12/13/2012

    " I think that it is a 4 and a half stars story. The plot is amazing, it was like peeling layers of an onion, and the characters humanlike. I also like the Glasgow atmosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/14/2012

    " 3 1/2 stars, mina easily draws the reader into her dark police world and complex family. also liked her season of the wasp, will read more mina "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/21/2011

    " I'm not usually big on detective novels, but Mina has a wonderful darkly comic style with richly drawn characters and interesting, but not unbelievable, plot twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/4/2011

    " I have read other books by this author with a character named Paddy Meehan. Those I like. This one was just okay. The good part is that all her stories take place in Scotland, so it's fun to read words that you don't have a clue what they are right away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/27/2011

    " I think that it is a 4 and a half stars story. The plot is amazing, it was like peeling layers of an onion, and the characters humanlike. I also like the Glasgow atmosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 2/10/2011

    " Enjoyed this multi-faceted story. Good stuff. Will probably try this author again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/19/2011

    " Not in the mood for thuggish louts, I guess. I have enjoyed some of her other boooks but this one left me cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/9/2011

    " Read on the flight between Santiago and Houston in the early hours of Christmas Eve.
    Im very keen on crime novels - but had put this off as the setting of Glasgow had not encouraged me.
    Wrongly so though - Mina writes extremely well - and the setting was wonderful. A great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/31/2010

    " Decent mystery set in modern-day Scotland with female police detective trying to buck the system and solve a kidnapping, etc. Some good characters and plot twists showing a gritty side of Glasgow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 12/25/2010

    " This is a new series for Denise Mina. It centers around a detective Alex Morrow, CID. She is investigating the kidnapping of a Muslim shop owner. Is the kidnapping politically motivated??? or just a bungle by inexperienced gunmen. Very well written and entertaining.
    "

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About the Author
Author Denise Mina

Denise Mina is the author of Gods and Beasts, 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 Award for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer. She lives in Glasgow.

About the Narrator

Jane MacFarlane was born and grew up in the West End of Glasgow. She studied the cello at RSAMD and RNCM and worked as a freelance cellist with orchestras and bands all over Britain. As well as playing and acting in theater, she has also been a composer and musical director, writer, and photographer. She spent three years at the Royal Shakespeare Company as an actress and musician, and she now lives in Central London.