As the new Denise Mina novel, Still Midnight, appears from Orion (and it’s as grittily impressive as ever), it’s timely to remember Ian Rankin’s description of her as ‘one of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years’. She talked to Crime Time about her pleasure at how the book had turned out – and how her new, long-awaited, graphic novel is about to see the light of day. Still Midnight begins with the brutal and mysterious kidnap of an innocent old man.It’s a peaceful Sunday evening in suburban Glasgow. TVs are on and dinner is in the oven. But this peace is rudely shattered when a battered van pulls up to the door of one of the somnolent homes and disgorges a group of armed men in balaclavas. They smash into the house and hold the family within at gunpoint and demand millions of pounds. Baffled, the assembled people protest that they don’t have access to that sort of money. The attackers kidnap the elderly grandfather and storm off into the night. Now senior policewoman Alex Morrow has been summoned to investigate the case. But there are so many mysteries. Who were the men? And why did they think a normal household concealed untold riches?
The writers lining up to dispense encomiums for Mina are legion: (‘Really quite wonderful. I am a true fan’, Michael Connelly; ‘Denise Mina grows in stature with each book…a riveting story’, Sunday Telegraph; ‘One of the finest crime writers of her generation’, Daily Express; ‘This book has passages so powerful that you have to pause in reading it. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried…Writers like Mina are breaking the mould’, Scotland on Sunday)
Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Her family moved twenty one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. She also writes comics and in 2006 wrote her first play, ‘Ida Tamson’. As well as all of this she writes short stories published in various collections, stories for BBC Radio 4, contributes to TV and radio as a big red face at the corner of the sofa who interjects occasionally, is writing a film adaptation of Ida Tamson and has a number of other projects on the go. Her first novel Garnethill won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasy Dagger for the best first crime novel. Her previous novels include Garnethill, The Last Breath, The Dead Hour, The Field of Blood, Sanctum, Resolution and Exile.
Still Midnight is publshed by Orion