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The Dead Hour: A Novelby Denise Mina
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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).
Brutally funny. -People
Mina again demonstrates why she is one of the best mystery writers on either side of the Atlantic. -Miami Herald
In all her insecurity, Paddy is achingly real . . . and Mina's note-perfect writing captures Paddy's voice dead-on. -Boston Globe
A gloriously visceral style. . . . Mina excels at narrative and social commentary. -Newsday
Responding to a late-night disturbance call only to be reassured by a blonde women that nothing is wrong, Paddy Meehan is horrified to learn the following morning that the woman, a prosecution lawyer from an upper-crust community, has been murdered, a case that Paddy links to the death of a suicide victim. By the author of Field of Blood. 50,000 first printing.
The most praised thriller writer to burst onto the scene in years returns with a brilliant new story of suicide, murder, violence, and greed.Responding to a late night-call, Paddy Meehan arrives at an elegant villa, where a calm blonde with blood running from her mouth answers the door. She has already convinced the police to leave and soon Paddy realizes how-she slips 50 bucks into Paddy's hands and begs her to keep the incident, whatever it is, out of the press.The next morning Paddy sees the lead news story: The blonde woman has been murdered, and far from the spoiled trophy wife Paddy assumed her to be, the victim turns out to be a prosecution lawyer with a social conscience.Bewildered why the woman didn't take the chance to leave the house when she could, Paddy begins to make connections no one else has seen. When she witnesses the body of a suicide victim being pulled from the river shortly afterward, Paddy suspects links between the two deaths and follows her idea to its shocking-and deadly-conclusion.
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