Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[A] stellar follow-up to Still Midnight....The gulf between social classes and the disintegration of families both inform this memorable police procedural." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"There's no going wrong with a Mina mystery. Her Glasgow-based books are full of great, conflicted women characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, and serious thoughts about the past's habit of strangling the present....It's Mina's most diverting book in years." Entertainment Weekly
"Exciting....A fascinating psychological study that leaves the reader guessing until almost the last page. Mina's latest is a collection of brilliant character studies, all packaged up nicely in a first-class murder mystery. I can't wait for more." Vancouver Sun
"Mina's crime novels always carry literary weight. This one has heft in abundance...Mina's plot is masterfully suspenseful." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This superb story of family, class, love and redemption is wrapped — or slowly unwrapped — around a complex, intriguing plot...Mina is at her darkly brilliant best, casting shadows among the few rays of hope." Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
Denise Mina is the author of 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.