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Field of Bloodby Denise Mina
Synopses & Reviews
A sensational murder provides the young journalist Paddy Meehan with her big professional break when she realizes that she has a personal connection to one of the suspects.
Launching her own investigation, Paddy uncovers lines of deception that go deep into the past — and that could spell even more horrible crimes in the future if she doesn't get the story right.
"If this novel were a movie, filmgoers would tag it the one to beat for the Oscars. Beyond creating sweaty physical tension, the brilliant Mina may have invented a subgenre: moral suspense. Patricia 'Paddy' Meehan, a copygirl at Glasgow's Daily News, has struggled with issues of goodness since childhood. 'I knew I was lying when I made my first communion,' she confesses to fianc Sean Ogilvy the night she delivers other shockers. She won't marry him. And she wants his help interviewing his 10-year-old cousin, Callum, who's been charged with murdering a toddler. Scots are deemed legally responsible at eight, but Paddy sees Callum as another victim. Paddy, who shares a nickname with a career criminal wrongfully imprisoned for murder, can't tolerate injustice. At the heart of the plot is her decision pose as colleague Heather Allen when she makes dangerous inquiries, a choice that spells death for the real Heather, who's everything Paddy isn't: slim blonde whistle bait — and ambitious enough to steal a story from Paddy. After Heather's murder, the reader writhes, not just because Paddy's in danger but because a moment of awful truth awaits her. Mina spins the complexities in the rough music of her working-class Scots, unsparing of brutal details, but unfailingly elegant in her humanity. Agent, Henry Dunow. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A thoroughly engaging read..." Library Journal
"An explosive new series from 'a writer of stunning talent.'" Publishers Weekly
"Mina is a ruthlessly accomplished surgeon of souls who can strip her living characters as bare as Patricia Cornwell does her corpses." Kirkus Reviews
"A fast-paced book....If you liked Trace by Patricia Cornwell, or other gritty mysteries with smart female sleuths, try Field of Blood." Glamour
"Every once in a while, an author creates a stunningly original character. Denise Mina has done it in Field of Blood....A beautifully written novel..." Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe
"A terrific new series introducing a young sleuth who might well shake up the genre." Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
When her fiancé's cousin is implicated in the sensational murder of a young boy and a rival reporter leaks the story, fledgling Scottish journalist Paddy Meehan is forced to salvage her relationship with her future in-laws by clearing the cousin's name. By the author of Deception.
About the Author
Denise Mina is a "fearless" (GQ) writer "of stunning talent and accomplishment" (Publishers Weekly) and "the crown princess of crime" (Val McDermid). She is the author of Garnethill, which won the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel, Exile, and Resolution. She lives in Glasgow.
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