Blood, Salt, Water

A Novel

by Denise Mina

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Blood, Salt, Water

A Novel

by Denise Mina

On Sale: 10/13/2015


Selected for the Boston Globe's Best Books of 2015

About the Book

Unflinching, taut and masterfully plotted, Blood, Salt, Water is the brilliant fifth novel in the Alex Morrow series from Denise Mina, two-time winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

A missing persons case leads Alex Morrow to investigate the dark underbelly of a seemingly peaceful seaside town.

A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman's cell phone, detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location. A sleepy seaside community where everyone knows everyone, Helensburgh is the last place you'd go looking for violence. But Morrow's investigation uncovers increasingly disturbing clues: fierce family battles that go back generations, a suspicious insurance firm, and finally, a dead body in a nearby lake. And when a connection to someone close to Morrow surfaces, the case gets more wrenchingly personal than she could have imagined.

A fast-paced and unpredictable thriller, Blood, Salt, Water confirms Denise Mina's reputation as "one of the genre's brightest stars." (George Pelecanos)


“The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years.” —IAN RANKIN

“If you don't love Denise Mina, you don't love crime fiction.” —VAL MCDERMID

“Denise Mina is the finest contemporary exponent of British crime fiction.” —THE TIMES (UK)

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Critical Praise

“A page turner that is guaranteed to satisfy mystery lovers.” - The Vancouver Sun

“There’s a wonderful Glasgow-ness to Mina’s writing. Using various points of view, she captures a city full of hopelessness and hope, a place of deep class divides and gang crime, of loyalty and pride in belonging.” - NOW Magazine

“The power of Mina’s writing is such that she can transport readers from placidity to violent pandemonium in the space of a paragraph.” - The Washington Post

“Riveting. . . . An installment that exposes the bleakness of small-town Scotland as skillfully as it does the bustling mean streets of Glasgow.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“She’s up there with Ian Rankin among practitioners of character-driven Scottish noir.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A wee fine read.” - Winnipeg Free Press

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443442299
  • ISBN 10: 1443442291
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 10/13/2015
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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