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ISBN13: 9780316003537
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Paddy Meehan returns in Denise Mina's most powerful mystery yet, nominated for a 2007 Edgar Award.

When journalist Paddy Meehan investigates a domestic dispute, the well-dressed man who answers the door assures her the blonde in the shadows behind him is fine, and slips her money before he closes the door. In fact, the woman was tortured and left to die later that night, and Paddy has only days to uncover the truth before the newspaper learns of her bribe and the police close the case for reasons of their own. Only Paddy cares enough to pursue a dark and brutal story that could make her career — or kill her, in a novel that proves why Denise Mina is "some kind of magnificent" (Wall Street Journal).

Review:

"Set in Glasgow in 1984, Mina's riveting second thriller to feature Patricia 'Paddy' Meehan (after 2005's Field of Blood) opens with the 21-year-old crime reporter for the Scottish Daily News following up a late-night disturbance complaint at a Victorian villa in the posh suburb of Bearsden. The tall, attractive man at the door assures Paddy, as he had the police, that the incident won't happen again. Behind him is a blond woman with a bloody face — Vhari Burnett, a well-respected political activist and lawyer. The man bribes Paddy, as he had the police, to keep quiet. The next day the news of Vhari's murder dismays the normally scrupulous Paddy. When a suicide is fished out of the river, Paddy begins to connect the two deaths. Meanwhile, Vhari's cokehead sister, Kate, is on the run from Vhari's killer, and Mina skillfully alternates Kate's desperate point-of-view with that of Paddy, who's determined to do the right thing and bag the story. Hopefully, this won't be the last breathless adventure for one of the most entertaining reporter sleuths in recent crime fiction. 6-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Mina again demonstrates why she is one of the best mystery writers on either side of the Atlantic." Miami Herald

Review:

"Mina meticulously creates a bleak, Dostoevskian world abandoned by light and spirit, populating it with sharply drawn characters." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In her second outing, Paddy holds up as a refreshingly realistic character that readers will eagerly embrace — warts, neuroses, and all. Mina also provides a gritty, authentic look at daily journalism's sausage-making process." Booklist

Review:

"Despite its intriguing premise, Mina's crime plot never picks up much momentum, but Paddy Meehan is a refreshingly down-to-earth character, and her travails in the nightworld of Glasgow ultimately make for a more compelling story than the murder she tries to solve." Library Journal

Review:

"In all her insecurity, Paddy is achingly real...and Mina's note-perfect writing captures Paddy's voice dead-on." Boston Globe

Review:

"A gloriously visceral style....Mina excels at narrative and social commentary." Newsday

Review:

"Mina has created a unique character who's a swirling mass of disappointment, ambition, anger, curiosity, sweetness, rudeness and determination; in short, a real human being." Providence Journal

Review:

"[A] colorful and gripping thriller....Mina has lots of intriguing characters bumping around...and takes her own sweet time in revealing how they are connected. But her narrative instincts are so strong, you end up savoring the wait." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"[A]n intense and entertaining work of crime fiction that feels so real it'll leave dirt underneath the reader's fingernails. And Paddy Meehan is a brilliant auctorial concoction." The Denver Post

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.

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frenchcafegirl, August 1, 2014 (view all comments by frenchcafegirl)
This is another installment in Mina's series featuring Paddy a young woman report in Glasgow. She is curious, determined and due to those around her has become thick skinned. Paddy is wise beyond her years. She handles the cruelty of life in 80's Scotland well but you always feel she carries a weight on her heart. This book is just as great as the last one and will keep the reader enthralled until the surprises revealed at the end. Paddy and her coworker have volunteered to cover the late night shift in the field. They talk,drink bad tea and listen to the police radio. One night there's a domestic disturbance call. When they arrive there is a man who answers the door. He says everything is okay but standing behind him is a well dressed woman with obvious marks of violence on her face. The man says its okay and slips Paddy and her coworker each a 50 pound note asking them not to take notice. The next morning Paddy discovers there's been a murder and the victim is the pretty woman from the call the night before. The only clue is a neighbor saw a red Mercedes in the drive. The same Mercedes that was in the driveway when she was at the house the night before. So knowing that there might be fingerprints from the killer does she turn in the note and admit she accepted a bribe ? Does she tell her boss the editor or does she go to her coworker to find out what he did with his money....Read the book and find out, you won't be disappointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316003537
Author:
Mina, Denise
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Women journalists
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint ed.
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.74 lb

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Product details 368 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316003537 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in Glasgow in 1984, Mina's riveting second thriller to feature Patricia 'Paddy' Meehan (after 2005's Field of Blood) opens with the 21-year-old crime reporter for the Scottish Daily News following up a late-night disturbance complaint at a Victorian villa in the posh suburb of Bearsden. The tall, attractive man at the door assures Paddy, as he had the police, that the incident won't happen again. Behind him is a blond woman with a bloody face — Vhari Burnett, a well-respected political activist and lawyer. The man bribes Paddy, as he had the police, to keep quiet. The next day the news of Vhari's murder dismays the normally scrupulous Paddy. When a suicide is fished out of the river, Paddy begins to connect the two deaths. Meanwhile, Vhari's cokehead sister, Kate, is on the run from Vhari's killer, and Mina skillfully alternates Kate's desperate point-of-view with that of Paddy, who's determined to do the right thing and bag the story. Hopefully, this won't be the last breathless adventure for one of the most entertaining reporter sleuths in recent crime fiction. 6-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Mina again demonstrates why she is one of the best mystery writers on either side of the Atlantic."
"Review" by , "Mina meticulously creates a bleak, Dostoevskian world abandoned by light and spirit, populating it with sharply drawn characters."
"Review" by , "In her second outing, Paddy holds up as a refreshingly realistic character that readers will eagerly embrace — warts, neuroses, and all. Mina also provides a gritty, authentic look at daily journalism's sausage-making process."
"Review" by , "Despite its intriguing premise, Mina's crime plot never picks up much momentum, but Paddy Meehan is a refreshingly down-to-earth character, and her travails in the nightworld of Glasgow ultimately make for a more compelling story than the murder she tries to solve."
"Review" by , "In all her insecurity, Paddy is achingly real...and Mina's note-perfect writing captures Paddy's voice dead-on."
"Review" by , "A gloriously visceral style....Mina excels at narrative and social commentary."
"Review" by , "Mina has created a unique character who's a swirling mass of disappointment, ambition, anger, curiosity, sweetness, rudeness and determination; in short, a real human being."
"Review" by , "[A] colorful and gripping thriller....Mina has lots of intriguing characters bumping around...and takes her own sweet time in revealing how they are connected. But her narrative instincts are so strong, you end up savoring the wait."
"Review" by , "[A]n intense and entertaining work of crime fiction that feels so real it'll leave dirt underneath the reader's fingernails. And Paddy Meehan is a brilliant auctorial concoction."
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