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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316528511
  • ISBN: 031652851X
  • Physical Description: 341 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First North American Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

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General Note:
"Published simultaneously in Great Britain by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin Random House"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
"She thought she was finding her birth mother. Now she's searching for a killer. Dr. Margo Dunlop is at a crossroads. Her adoptive mom just passed away, and Margo misses her so much she can't begin to empty the house-or, it seems, get her brother on the phone. Not to mention she's newly single, secretly pregnant, and worried about her best friend's dangerous relationship. In an effort to cheer herself up she goes in search of her birth mother. Instead she finds Nikki, her mother's sister. Aunt Nikki isn't what Margo expects, and she brings upsetting news: Margo's mother is dead. Worse, she was murdered years ago, and her killer is still at large-and sending Nikki threatening letters. Margo is torn. Should she stay out of this mess, or try to find justice? But then Margo receives a letter, too. Someone out there has been waiting and watching, and in Margo sees the spitting image of her mother..."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* After her adoptive mother's death, Glaswegian physician Margo Dunlop sees her life dissolving in a paralyzing vacuum. Focused for so long on caregiving, she now views the process of sorting out her mother's estate as impossible, and she can't bring herself to tell her ex that she's pregnant. In an impulsive bid to ground herself and reconcile her ambivalence toward motherhood, Margo makes contact with her birth family. Her maternal aunt, Nikki, alternately angry about and awestruck over Margo's success, reveals a tragedy: she and Margo's mother, Susan, supported themselves as sex workers, and Susan was murdered shortly after Margo's birth. Margo tries to retreat after Nikki attempts to recruit Margo's help to prove that a dirty cop murdered Susan. But when Margo receives threatening letters revealing ugly details about Susan's murder, she turns to the brave, unrepentant Nikki, who becomes her only ally. Susan's killer lurks, enticed by Margo's resemblance to her mother. The menacing atmosphere of Nikki and Susan's gritty Glasgow—a side of the city previously unknown to Margo—effectively supports the novel's themes of reconciliation, class divides, and violence against women. Mina is a master of the genre, with wide appeal, especially for those who appreciate character-driven stories with literary weight, like those of Tana French, Karin Slaughter, and Laura Lippman. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Denise Mina is the author of fourteen novels, including Conviction and The Long Drop, winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. Mina has twice received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.

Subject: Women physicians > Fiction.
Adoptees > Fiction.
Birthparents > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Murderers > Fiction.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Parents > Death > Fiction.
Pregnant women > Fiction.
Glasgow (Scotland) > Fiction.
Scotland > Fiction.
FICTION > Mystery & Detective > Women Sleuths.
FICTION > Mystery & Detective > Amateur Sleuth.
FICTION > Crime.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
Murder > Investigation.
Parents > Death.
Pregnant women.
Women physicians.
Scotland > Glasgow.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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