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Preview — The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
The Dead Hour (Paddy Meehan #2)
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 ...more
Paddy Meehan is one of the most entertaining characters I have encountered in a long time. On one hand, she is a little overweight and is self conscious while on the other she is spunky, quick witted and quick tempered. She is the only unbeliever in a staunchly catholic home and she is convinced her unbelief will drag her whole family to hell with her. The entertainment provided by Paddy is worth the read.
Paddy is faced with a moral dilemma. She at ...more
Like all of Mina's books, the story is set in Glasgow, Scotland. This series is set in the 1980's--specifically 1984 here-and in the heart of Thatcher-era economic malaise and resentment. Paddy is a crime reporter for ...more
You learn a bit about Scotland and some about the cocaine world and more about failing newspapers.
Paddy is witness to an apparent case of physical abuse, but the victim declines to take advantage of the appearance of cops and Paddy to extricate her from the situation. The next day she is found dead. Later, she witnesses the removal of an apparent suicide from the r ...more
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This is the second book in the new series, involving Paddy Meehan, who started out as a copy boy (girl) and then, based on the good work done in the first book, Field of Blood, she is promoted to reporter. In this book she is now on the crime beat and rides around following the police to calls at night writing up summaries of what happened for the next morning’s paper. So, she was with the police the night they were called for a dom ...more
In this story, aside from the crime story, I enjoyed the backdrop of the economic hard times in Scotland where Paddy lives with her family in cramped and impoverished conditions, a household in which she’s the only one working in her family and her mother makes soup to ...more
Critics agree that Paddy Meehan may just be one of the most fascinating investigators in recent crime fiction__and that The Dead Hour is a gripping sequel to The Field of Blood. Purportedly about spousal abuse, the novel also features a secondary story about a woman on the run, ruminations on human nature and experience, and depictions of class and religious tensions during the Thatcher era. Paddy has evolved since the last novel; reviewers identified with her moral uncertainty and praised her h...more
I wasn't especially drawn to Paddy Meehan in the first book, in comparison with Maureen O'Donnell but this is the second and she has grown a lot more interesting in the meantime. The plot is well-worked and lucid, characters superb and Paddy herself combines an innate knowledge of how p ...more
As an added bonus, it takes pl ...more
I have to say, I LOVED it AGAIN! Paddy is a great character and the story lines are great with suspense, twists & turns. The support characters are just as good and Paddy in the way they shape and support her growth as a person and as a reporter. This storying was more grisley than the last, nore murders and blood, but not in a goorey way. Though a bit disappointing, you have to appreciate that not all loose ends were tied up into the perfec ...more
Honestly, in my opinion it is not worthy of being called a "thriller". It gave me no emotion whatsoever. I disliked the main character, there was no suspense and the entire plot was extremely boring. The cover text made me think that it was going to be a decent read and as I like thrillers I picked it up. But I struggled to get through this and even started reading other books at the same time, which I never do.
If it weren't for th ...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