The Field Of Blood (Paddy Meehan #1)
When the body of a four-year-old boy is found tortured and battered to death, it is assumed the child has been the victim of a vicious sexual predator. Instead the police are led, not to the house of an adult killer, but to the doors of two eleven-year-old boys.
Fresh from school, Paddy Meehan has just s...more
Keep going. The story does gather steam and I lo...more
From the author of the acclaimed Garnethill trilogy comes the much-praised debut of a projected five-part series starring Paddy Meehan. In this hardboiled Scottish crime thriller, Mina takes on journalistic ethics, newsroom culture, sexism, and coming-of-age dilemmas. Critics agree that her well-rounded characters, including the nuanced Paddy, fit seamlessly into her compelling descriptions of a tight working-class community in the early 1980s. But it's not all dark; Mina peppers her frightening...more
I discovered Denise Mina early and read her Garnethill Trilogy. When I started Field of Blood, I was concerned that I...more
I will admit that the protagonist's constant self-loathing and her complete lack of confidence did wear on me a bit an...more
For the first third I wasn't all that engaged, and didn't rush to pick it back up. Then I got more engrossed in the story and was interested in finding out exactly what happened... but I was still frustrated by some of the writing, and some of the actions taken by the characters. (Does every crime story involve characters going to c...more
the book is sloooow at first though, like the first 275 pages. of course, then it jumps into hyper-drive, but i was starting to get annoyed with paddy and her obsessive thoughts about how she was fat. i didn't get the historical tie of the book - i don't quite get how the paddy meehan of the...more
Mina, Denise – Standalone
Bantam Press, 2005- Hardcover
"Paddy" Meehan is 18 and growing up in a strict Catholic family but knew she way lying when she took her first communion. She's working as a copyboy, but wants to be a reporter. A young child is brutally murdered and the cousin of her fiancé is one of the accused. But Paddy doesn't believe it and decides to find out the truth. Interspersed with present Paddy's story, is that of the r...more
Glasgow, 1981. The body of a four-year-old boy is found tortured and battered to death. The police find out that two eleven-year-old boys are the culprits.
Paddy (Patricia) Meehan has started work on the Scottish Daily News. She wants to be an independant investigative journalist. But all around her is the pressure to conform. Her colleagues and family want her to get married to her fiancé, Sean, and have ch...more
She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.
Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
At twenty one sh...more