Denise Mina isn’t one to shy away from darker territory, as her latest novel The Red Road reaffirms. The culprit behind a double murder gives up easily, but she’s 14 year old prostitute Rose, with one of those killed being a pimp who hired her out under the pretence of love and future riches.
She talks of ’50s clichés where the man would run to his girlfriend and ask her to hide the gun and – without question – she would. “I thought, wouldn’t it be great if she just shot him instead?” laughs Denise.
This is the fourth outing for detective Alex Morrow, a “grumpy cow with twins”, though Mina’s over halfway through writing the fifth. Morrow is struggling with the power of recent promotion and faces the question of her career: is justice always the right thing to do? It’s these kind of moral questions Mina wants her characters to face, and readers to ponder.