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The Last Breath (Paddy Meehan #3)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,684 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
Glasgow, 1990.

Paddy Meehan is home alone when there's a knock at the door. It's the police and they have bad news. Former boyfriend Terry Patterson's naked body has been found in a ditch. He's been tortured, hooded, then shot through the head: all hallmarks of an IRA assassination.
Paddy is devastated: Terry was her first lover; the sort of journalist she's always aspired t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Bantam Press
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Feb 22, 2016 Isidora rated it liked it
Shelves: svenska
Sista andetaget var trög i början men jag läste vidare. Paddy har kredit hos mig. Mot slutet blev boken riktigt bra och jag kände igen Paddy och det som jag gillat hos henne. Visst är hon annorlunda nu som vuxen men ändå sig lik. Fördelaktigt om böckerna följs i rätt ordning.
Mar 10, 2012 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Reading Denise Mina, for we Glaswegians, has some of the same fascination as watching Taggart on TV. We’re always looking to notice the places we know – look, the victim lived in Lawrence St! But thankfully, Denise Mina’s writing is a lot better than the Taggart team’s acting. This is the third Paddy Meehan (a Glasgow journalist) story – though I hardly remember the others, they seem so long ago – and she has moved to Lansdowne Crescent in the West End. Ah the memories… ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Melody rated it really liked it
These are more than just crime stories. They are multi-leveled stories of Scotland and its politics, the class divisions, religion, the decline of journalism, sex and relationships and a plot that involves all of the above. Paddy is tough, family-driven, lusty and a hard nosed journalist after truth of a personal nature. Yes, sure, you have to think and stay on your toes when you read Denise Mina - but who wants to read flat-footed?
Aug 06, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be a fast paced mystery/thriller, a fun summer read - but I was wrong. It was boring. Apparently this is the third installment of a series about this Scottish journalist character, so maybe folks who have read the first two might be more into it. Not much happened, and it wasn't intriguing or exciting. I can't believe I finished it. Don't waste your time.
I'm a big fan of Ian Rankin and I find Mina's gritty Glasgow a good book-end to Rankin's Edinburgh. The central character, Paddy, is back from the Garnethill trilogy. It's a great character but the story and character in this book aren't as compelling as the trilogy. Still, it's a decent read, certainly a cut above the average mystery.
Freda Labianca
I had no idea this was book 3 in a series until now.
That might make a difference in how I feel about it. I just have not been enjoying it as much as I had hoped, or even as much as the praise on the book cover said. Now I know what might have helped contribute... being book 3.
Then again, I felt like I didn't really miss much from not reading the first two. I got a good grasp of who Paddy is and what she stands for. I just thought the plot was drawn out waaaaaaay too long. It was too beat-around-
Rod Zemke
Aug 21, 2009 Rod Zemke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must be getting too picky as I get old. Would not recommend.
Apr 05, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting. I don't usually read a bunch of one author at one time but I made an exception for this one. Couldn't get enough. I was reading it and loving it early on but wondering in the back of my mind if I'd be digging this as much as I was if I hadn't read the first 2 and gotten so thoroughly invested in the characters and their world. Then the three or more story lines Mina had been picking at from this book and the other two completely surrounded me and was swept away for the ride. The wonder ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like character-driven mysteries
Recommended to Jennifer by: earlier Mina novels
Shelves: read-2012
One of the things I really enjoy about Denise Mina's novels is they feel incredibly real. The mystery is not really the point; it's the complex web of relationships surrounding the plot that make this story interesting. I did come late to the party. According to Goodreads, this is the 3rd novel featuring Paddy Meehan and I'm curious about what elements of her backstory the earlier two books explore. In this installment, Paddy gets the news that an old friend and journalist, Terry, has been murde ...more
Aug 16, 2009 Pbwritr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book was really entertaining, but it often got confusing as to how long this relationship between Terry & Paddy had lasted, how long ago, and when it ended. I also had a hard time getting used to the nickname Paddy for a woman. Paddy seemed to have such ambivalent feelings for Terry that it was hard to understand why his death bothered her so much. Why he left her his house. Why she lived and had sex with Dub, but they were "just friends." Why she didn't marry her son's father, another ...more
May 19, 2011 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, scottish
Denise Mina. This was a good book but it kinda lumbered along. Not the kind of flow I loved in the Garnet Hill Trilogy. Still love her graphic descriptions of death and love and how life really feels and looks. She always nails it.

I liked Paddy. Great character but I kept thinking there should be more to the story. Perhaps the book was edited too much? Her Garnet Hill books were meatier. More depth in the story, characters. Every.

I would recommend the book. It was, overall, a quick read, but n
Novel Destination
I just happened upon this novel and I was NOT disappointed. I now realize that there are other titles with Paddy Meehan--think gritty impassioned journalist who finds herself in moral and spiritual dilemmas-trying to work her way through a mystery. Family and relationships are very important in all Paddy chooses to do. Yes, it is full of Scottish and Irish dialect or nods to history of IRA fights but that is where the story is taking place (love the use of "wee man" for her son).
There is also a
Jul 25, 2008 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Always in the market for a good new crime novel, so I was looking forward to giving Denise Mina a try. The plot set-up sounded quite interesting. But I just didn't mesh with her writing style -- maybe it's language differences (she's Scottish), but the book struck me as overly dense and overwritten. I only made it 40 pages, and it's back to library for this one.
Kate Cronin
The third in the series, continues to follow Paddy, this time five years from The Dead Hour. Much has changed in her life - but she is still with the Scottish Daily News and now has a new murder to investigate - but this one hits much closer to home as it's someone she knows. This investigation bring Paddy deep into the seedy side of Glasgow and includes political ties that make following the story even more complicated and dangerous, but could lead to the biggest story of her journalism career. ...more
Jun 26, 2015 LINCCReviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is my third Denise Mina novel and so far, it's a very mixed bag! The first I read was Still Midnight. I couldn't get through it. The second was the latest of Mina's work, The End Of Wasp Season, and I was wowed. With A Slip Of The Knife, I'm a bit in the middle. Mina is a very good writer in many ways and I liked the characters in the book though I did find it a bit hard to identify with Paddy Meehan. But I enjoyed the story and finished it in jig time. My complaint: the ending left me fee
May 21, 2008 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery that is set in Scotland that involves a complicated cast of characters, the IRA, and Irish political history. It was a good novel, but I was definitely feeling like I didn't know enough Irish political history to fully appreciate the book.
Mar 16, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Another great read from Denise Mina. The end was a wee bit too nicely tied up for me, but the quality of the writing throughout redeemed it all. That, and my adoration of the Glasgow setting, which Mina evokes grippingly.
Mar 16, 2015 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Paddy Meehan book I have read. I think I will have to read the first books, then I might give the book more stars. Patty is notified that her former friend and lover, Terry is dead. Although she hasn't seen him in years, he has left her his house and papers. Terry with his friend was writing a book. He was a newspaper man and delved deeply into politics around the world. When Terry's friend is also killed, Meehan realizes that they must have something that got them killed. As s ...more
Laura D.
Apr 29, 2009 Laura D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit to slow for me, makes me feel sleepy just thinking of it actually, but it did speed up eventually. I just needed a break from it.
Jan 05, 2009 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Crime fiction: is the IRA in Scotland? And are the police at the highest level involved in a cover-up? It's a tangled web.
Feb 20, 2009 Candace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition was okay. Too much swearing.
Jan 20, 2015 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this ridiculous, wonderful book.

A lot of times with series, you get invested, as a reader, only to have a weak fart of a payoff in later books with these characters you so love and cherish and THIS IS NOT WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE AT ALL.

So not just is this a delicious, chocolate-covered nougat bar of an entry in a series, but it's a good book on its own merits, a good mystery with lovely characterization. I could've used more Glasgow place-porn but that's always going to be the case, so much so t
Jul 06, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
The third book in the series moves forward in time to the early 1990's. Paddy is now living in a place of her own with her friend Dub. Her life is complicated by her son who is the product of an affair with a married man and by her father's death. Paddy's mother helps to care for her son, Pete, while her sister has started the path to become a nun. She is shocked to be brought in to identify the body of a former boyfriend, Terry, who was an investigative reporter. His death appears to be an IRA ...more
Minty McBunny
I didn't like the first Denise Mina book I read, but due to reviews and recommendations I gave her another try and then another and with each successive book I liked her more and more until now I find myself craving her writing like a drug and have to find another Mina book at my library to read, even if it's out of sequence like this one. Didn't matter, I loved it anyhow. Paddy Meehan is a very likable woman and I am planning to seek out the prior two books as soon as I can.

Mina is a real tale
May 19, 2012 Sam rated it liked it
I had trouble with the 3rd installment of Paddy Meehan. With book #1 I raced through the story in a day or so. So, so, wonderfully good. Poignant, funny, tense. Paddy was/is such a great character.

But this installment is considerably weaker than the first. Paddy is not quite as lovable, not quite as funny, not quite as believable. And the villains are flimsy and unconvincing. Even the opening scenes of Terry's death lack the power of, say, the opening crime (a murder, too) in Mina's more recent
Apr 19, 2008 Geeta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started this book in March and only just finished it. What should have been a fun, gripping read turned into a long, tedious slog. I'm not sure why. I'm a big fan of Denise Mina's books--I've read all them now, except the last on in the Garnet Hill trilogy. I have a mixed relationship with her flawed heroines, who are stubborn and do dangerous and stupid things. But Mina is good with suspense and Glasgow comes alive on the page. She makes no allowances for readers who are unfamiliar with the i ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jun 06, 2008 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
Shelves: librarybooks
This is the third of Denise Mina’s novels to feature Paddy Meehan, the feisty reporter first introduced in ‘The Field of Blood’. We rejoin Paddy in 1990 where she is now a leading newspaper columnist with a flash car and a flat. Just as Paddy settles down on a Saturday night, intent on relaxing in front of the television in a comfortable pair of pyjamas, a knock on the door changes everything. Terry Patterson, her first lover and journalistic hero, has been found naked and executed in a ditch.
May 16, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
At first I was slightly disappointed with The Last Breath. Not because of the main storyline, but because young Patty Meehan was now an adult! I loved he was that late teens, early twenties character. Her scarcasm was that of youth challenging accepted, traditional societal ideas. In the early part of this book, I felt Paddy was now just deeply cynical. My feelings were those slightly selfish ones of a mother who doesn't was her kid to grow up :) But as the book continued, I because less concern ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Dorian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really 2 1/2 stars. But regardless, quite the disappointment, given how interesting the first two incarnations of the series have been.

I like the way Mina sets the books many years apart; works against that static, timeless quality of some crime series. But other problems exist, especially the difficulty of finding plausible reasons for a non-police inspector, non-PI to keep having to investigate crimes.

A still-bigger problem seems to be that Mina has lost her way in depicting contemporary Glasg
May 10, 2016 lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Denise Mina book. Since I kind of jumped in at the third Paddy Meehan book, I was a little lost for the first few chapters. However, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I like the style of writing which verges on stream of consciousness. Paddy is a very pragmatic character and takes no nonsense from the males in her life. Not to say that they haven't caused her some pain and regret. Looking forward to starting at the beginning of the series next time.
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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe
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
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Paddy Meehan (3 books)
  • Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan, #1)
  • The Dead Hour (Paddy Meehan, #2)

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