Blood, Salt, Water

Blood, Salt, Water

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Detective Alex Morrow discovers that the darkest secrets never stay buried as she investigates the criminal underbelly of a seemingly tranquil seaside town.

For reasons she can't quite explain, Alex Morrow is addicted to watching surveillance footage of Roxanna Fuentecilla--a gorgeous Spanish mother of two, in a tempestuous relationship with her boyfriend, who recently relocated to Glasgow under mysterious circumstances. She is also Morrow's prime suspect in an investigation that resembles a soap opera, filled with glamorous jetsetters and enough money to interest the highest levels of law enforcement. Until Roxanna vanishes.

Morrow traces Roxanna's steps to Helensburgh, a sleepy, picturesque seaside community. But behind the idyllic Victorian homes and quaint storefronts, darkness lurks. Home to a man with blood on his hands who is haunted by guilt, a mysterious woman with ulterior motives back in town for the first time in decades, a sexually frustrated restaurateur looking to blow off steam, and a crew of vicious small-time gangsters blindly following orders, it's a town ruled by base instincts where no one is quite what they seem. And it's the perfect place to get rid of someone.

When she uncovers an unsettling connection to Roxanna's job back in Glasgow, Morrow suspects that her missing person is more than a white-collar criminal on the lam--she may also be a victim caught up in a sophisticated conspiracy that stretches far beyond Helensburgh and is more personal than Morrow ever imagined. As the truth rises to the surface and the conflicts that lie beneath Helensburgh's calm waters threaten to explode, Morrow must find Roxanna before any hope of solving the case disappears with her.

A gripping tale of greed, power, and vengeance, Blood, Salt, Water is a masterful crime novel from Denise Mina that confirms her reputation as "one of the genre's brights stars" (George Pelecanos).
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780316380546
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 25 cm.

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jannylegs
Jul 11, 2016

Bloody lovely.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

Mina brings empathy to this mystery. The reader feels sorry for the murderer, realizing that his past continued to impact him. As always the Alex Morrow novel is complex. This one brought closure to Alex and her brother in prison.

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gloryb
Feb 04, 2016

Not a long book (300pages), so a short read for me. Reading her words is like seeing a movie of the novel unfold. The story features DI Alexandra Morrow. The author tells the story from several points of view - the police, the victims, the blokes who commit the crime. Action takes place in the Glasglow area. Two murdered women and a fire with 2 burnt bodies - who is "really" responsible? Will the villagers inform the police? Good plotting and writing.

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csut2
Jan 04, 2016

wsj dec 26 2015

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emerge
Nov 04, 2015

One of my favourite authors but I wasn't fond of her last book (Red Road).
She's back in fine form with this outing. Alex Morrow has a complex case on her hands which she has to juggle with police politics between her office & the Met. Her half-brother (& gangster) Danny continues to dog her but there's a surprising resolution here.
Great, fast paced read with finely drawn characters.

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