Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe, moving twenty one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs: working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, as a kitchen porter, and as a cook. Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
At twenty one she passed exams, got into Law at Glasgow University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, teaching criminology and criminal law in the mean time. Misusing her grant, she stayed at home and wrote a novel, Garnethill when she was supposed to be researching and writing her thesis.
Garnethill won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for the best first crime novel and was the start of a trilogy completed by Exile and Resolution.
A fourth novel followed, a stand alone, named Sanctum in the UK and Deception in the US.
In 2005 The Field of Blood was published, the first of a series of five books following the career and life of journalist Paddy Meehan from the newsrooms of the early 1980s, through the momentous events of the nineteen nineties. The second in the series, The Dead Hour was published in 2006 and the third was The Last Breath in the UK and Slip of the Knife in the US.
The Field of Blood was filmed by Slate and BBC Scotland.
The second book The Dead Hour was filmed in 2012 and the third will follow.
Still Midnight, the first of the Alex Morrow books was followed by The End of the Wasp Season, Gods and Beasts, and The Red Road, which will be out this summer.
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