Garnethill (Garnethill Series #1)
Maureen O'Donnell wakes up one morning to find her therapist boyfriend murdered in the middle of her living room and herself a prime suspect in a murder case. Determined to clear her name, Maureen undertakes her own investigation and learns of a similar murder at a local psychiatric hospital.
She soon uncovers a trail of deception and repressed scandal that could clear her name - or make her the next victim.
From its opening pages, this winner of the 1998 John Creasy Memorial Award for best first crime novel pulls readers inexorably into the tortured world of sexual abuse victims and their struggle to survive as whole people. Eight months after spending almost half a year in a Glasgow psychiatric hospital devoted to treating sex abuse victims, Maureen O'Donnell is desperately trying to hold together her shattered life. Bored with her job at a theater ticket office and depressed because her affair with one of the hospital's doctors, Douglas Brady, is over, Maureen and a friend get drunk. The next morning Maureen finds Brady's body in her living room, his throat cut. With bloody footprints matching Maureen's slippers at the scene, Detective Chief Inspector Joe McEwan sets out to prove the woman's guilt. He's not alone in thinking her the culprit: to Maureen's shock, both her alcoholic mum and Douglas's politician mother also think she's the killer. Convincing them that she isn't becomes her goal. She picks up a rumor about one of the hospital therapists having sex with a patient and learns that, before his death, Douglas gave formerly hospitalized victims large sums of money. Maureen begins to suspect Douglas's killing is connected to the hospital's clinic. Did a relative of a molested client kill Douglas? Or was the deceased about to turn in a colleague who raped patients? With sharp dialogue and painfully vulnerable characters, Mina brings Maureen's world of drug dealers, broken families, sanctimonious health-care workers and debilitated victims to startling life. Maureen's valiant struggle to act sane in an insane world will leave readers seeing sex abuse victims in a new light. (Apr.)
Maureen O'Donnell ought to be able to look down on the world from her flat atop Garnethill, the highest point in Glasgow, but instead the world's looking down on her. She's eight months out of the Northern Psychiatric Hospital and has been carrying on an affair with therapist Douglas Brady, whose live-in, Elsbeth, it turns out, is his wife. Maureen's job at the Apollo Theater ticket office barely keeps her in Glenfiddich and lime juice–and she's got a lot to drown in drink, dating back to the days of her abuse by her vanished father. One morning after she staggers home blind drunk, she wakes to find Douglas tied to a chair in her flat, his throat cut, with every indication that he's spent the night in her company. The police naturally think she's the killer, and they're not the only ones who don't believe her denials; her alcoholic mother, insisting that her husband could never have raped his daughter, has banded together with Maureen's sisters to accuse her of false-memory syndrome, and Mauri herself has started to wonder if, surrounded by drunks, druggies, psychotics, and treacherously solicitous mental health professionals, she might not be a bit mental instead of just convalescing from a recent breakdown. Determined to keep Chief Inspector Joe McEwan and her own worst fears at bay, she follows a trail of haunted informants who link Douglas Brady's death to a series of crimes more nightmarish than even Mauri could have imagined.
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: 9/20/2007
Sales rank: 46,568
Series:Garnethill Series , #1
Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)
Meet the Author
Denise Mina is the author of Deception, the Garnethill trilogy, and Field of Blood. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her family.