By Jeff Giles
March 17, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Still Midnight

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If you want to get technical about it, Denise Mina writes crime novels. But those novels have always had cooler characters, more pitch-perfect dialogue, and, frankly, more things to say about a woman’s place in society than books wearing far fancier pants. Still Midnight isn’t the Scottish novelist’s best book — that would be Field of Blood — but? you can feel the intelligence, sweat, and research she poured into it. Mina brings to life not just the great, ?gloomy new heroine Alex Morrow, who’s awkwardly navigating the bickering Glasgow police force, but also a Muslim family, whose patriarch gets kidnapped by men stupid enough to do real damage. B+

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