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The Dead Hour (Paddy Meehan #2)

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Paddy Meehan thought she'd be farther along in her career as an investigative journalist by now. But three years after breaking a big story, she's still on perpetual night shift, chasing police calls for a story that will promote her out of a twilight existence that makes candy bars and coffee a medical necessity. With her father and brothers unemployed and her family ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2006)
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Aug 06, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Damn I love these books. I adore Paddy Meehan! She is one of the best series protagonists I’ve come across in years. In her era (late 80s) and her particularly conservative religious community, women don’t work – they marry. So here’s Paddy, charging full speed ahead into the “unnatural” life of a professional, unmarried woman. She’s tough but insecure. Hot-headed, yet kind. And she’s totally badass.

No plot summary for this book but suffice it to say that she gives as good as she gets. She scre
Tim The Enchanter
Paddy Keeps Rolling! - 4 Stars

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.

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Paddy is faced with a moral dilemma. She at
Thomas Strömquist
Paddy Meehan #2 and by the time of this it was joyfully obvious that no-one had to long for/moan about/miss Garnethill. Denise does not know how it feels to write a less than great book. Paddy has made reporter, but are doing her dog introduction time during the Dead Hour of night.
Feb 22, 2016 Isidora rated it really liked it
Shelves: svenska
Ännu bättre än första boken i serien, Blodsarv. Det är huvudpersonen Paddy som gör att jag tycker så mycket om de här böckerna. En passionerad och lite annorlunda karaktär! Intressant att läsa om liv i Glasgow var det också.
Denise Mina is the sort of writer who puts lesser writers off from writing, since they know they can never compete with the casual brilliance of what she does. At least, that is the case with this writer, i.e. me.

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
Gloria Feit
Jul 01, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing
Paddy Meehan, 21 years old and on night shift [called the “calls car” shift, and encompassing the Dead Hour, 3 AM], at the Scottish Daily News in Glasgow, makes one of her usual nightly calls, following the police radio in the car and going to the address to which the police have been summoned. This time it appears to be a domestic disturbance, the victim a young, elegant-looking blond woman who, though obviously bloodied, refuses any assistance and, when Paddy catches her eye, seems to slightly ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is the second book in Denise Mina's Paddy Meehan trilogy. The first one is Field of Blood. It's not essential that the books be read in order but they ideally should be, if for no other reason than to appreciate the maturation of wee Paddy who is only 23 years old in this book.

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 fo
Feb 04, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I first heard about Denise Mina from a National Public Radio review while I was driving to work. Scotland has always been one of my favorite places -- even Mina's Glasgow, a gritty city that is the exact opposite of stately Edinburgh. Growing like a toadstool in the 19th century prosperity of its shipyards, it has become Britain's equivalent of Detroit once those shipyards shuttered their doors. Some years ago, I stayed at a pub called the Babbity Bowster within a few blocks of George's Square ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Joje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starts out a tad slow, but that fits perfectly with the heroine. It gets better and better also in line with her development. The sense of detail is good, with a near miss or 2, but not outside the genre or the characterization, and very close to the setting, the little I know of Glasgow (from others). A decent contrast to the Edinburgh mysteries, I'd say, a bit like comparing The Wire with CSI wherever. Definitely better and classier, despite the lower milieu.
Jun 03, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while to get going but I'm hooked on this character.
Nov 18, 2016 Bruce rated it really liked it
I needed this book to escape the US election, and Glasgow ca. 1975 was a good a place. The author does not give a guidebook tour of city squares and sights but its atmosphere and its underworld. Glasgow is both rich and down at the heels poor. It is both Protestant (usually better off) and Catholic. Here we have racial lines, there it’s religious (and class) lines. And the cops are pretty much either lazy or easily bought (bent is the term used) and always ready to grasp at the easiest ...more
Oct 18, 2016 Pam rated it it was ok
This is the second book I've read by this author. The first I didn't finish. I almost didn't finish this one. Each time I was about to give up something interesting would happen. I got both books for a dollar at a book sale. I might try her again if I find any of her books at another sale.
Jul 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Investigative journalist Patricia 'Paddy' Meehan had always thought that she would be further along on her career path after spending three years in her chosen field. Yet, even three years after breaking a big story, Paddy is still working the perpetual night shift with her newspaper - The Scottish Daily News. She's still chasing police calls for that one story which will finally promote her out of the solitary, twilight existence that makes mountains of candy bars and multiple cups of coffee ...more
Cleo Bannister
Jul 17, 2016 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, crime-series
I really enjoyed the first book in the Paddy Mehan trilogy: The Field of Blood and the slightly overweight, under confident trainee journalist in the sexist environment of the news room in 1980s Glasgow really got under my skin. Denise Mina has come up with an incredibly appealing combination of a thriller mixed with a hint of nostalgia at a particular time in history when everything was changing.

The Dead Hour is set about three years later and Paddy riding in the ‘night call car’, the one that
Kathleen Hagen
The Dead Hour, by Denise Mina. B-plus
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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
Ishmael Seaward
Mar 18, 2012 Ishmael Seaward rated it really liked it
Excellent novel about an investigative reporter who is on the crime beat, night shift, for the local Glasgow paper. It is told primarily from her point of view. The other POV is that of a cocaine addict, and her inevitable decline.

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
Dec 04, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it
A follow up to Field of Blood featuring a great character, Paddy Meehan, an aspiring journalist facing some tough odds--a woman trying to succeed in the male dominated field in the 1980s, the sole support of her family due to the declining economy, her losing battle with food and some bad choices in her relationships with men. As Mina writes her, she’s full of self doubt but can be amusingly tough when needed. Paddy witnesses what’s probably a crime during her graveyard shift, following police ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 24, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As impressed as I am by Denise Mina's writing - this was beautifully crafted and a pleasure to read because of that, but also a damned gripping story too - there were a few slightly off-putting aspects of this novel which meant I didn't feel it would be an absolute favourite of mine.

The story concerns young journalist Paddy Meehan, and her involvement in story where a woman has been murdered, yet there is a cover-up involving the police. It's grimy and seedy, and makes the underbelly and hidden
Sid Nuncius
Jul 24, 2016 Sid Nuncius rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book enormously. It has taken me a while to get round to Denise Mina and this is the first book of hers that I have read. It certainly won't be the last.

For those unfamiliar with Mina's work, the book is set in Glasgow in 1984 and the time and place are extremely well evoked without ever being intrusive, which gives a real solidity to the book. Another of its great strengths is the believable and well-drawn characters. In particular, the main protagonist, a young, struggling woman
Mar 02, 2010 Stewart rated it really liked it
This is an unusual book, and an unusual murder mystery, lent to me by a copy-editing friend who used to live in the UK. It takes place in 1980s Glasgow, Scotland, and the sleuth is a 21-year-old night cop reporter for a Glasgow newspaper who lives at home with her parents and supports her unemployed family. The characterization of the decidedly unheroic Paddy Meehan is excellent and the descriptions of crumbling Glasgow and the seedy parts of that city during the reign of Margaret Thatcher are ...more
Laura C.
Jul 04, 2010 Laura C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book had great reviews but took me a while to get into. The prose is written as English is spoken in Scotland, so there is that to get used to. And the book is the second in a series, which might have explained a few things had I read the first one. But suddenly it was riveting. This is how it starts: Paddy Meehan is stuck on the night shift, trying to hang on to her job as a reporter. She catches a call at an elegant home, a domestic disturbance. The police seem to be accepting the ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The second book in the Paddy Meehan series has Paddy now in a junior reporter role in the early 1980's. A change in management at the paper causes turmoil, and Paddy knows she must perform or she may be out of a job. She has extra pressure on her, being the only member of her household that is currently employed. On one of her night shifts, she encounters a situation of possible domestic abuse where she is offered a bribe to go away and not report on the incident. The police also leave without ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Dec 07, 2012 Phyllis Sommers rated it liked it
An enjoyable mystery set in Scotland, with Paddy Meehan, young female journalist, as the main protagonist. Paddy is trying to work her way up the ladder of the "good-ol'-boys'" network of a local paper. In her early 20s and somewhat overweight, Paddy is the butt of many a newsroom joke. When she, herself, becomes an important witness to the murder of a prominent female attorney, however, Paddy sees the potential for writing a story that will gain her credibility in the eyes of her co-workers ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Tony rated it liked it
Not being an experienced mystery reader, I don't have many points of comparison for rating this book. The strength of the book was in the development of the main character: 21-year-old Paddy Meehan - a non-believing Catholic girl in Protestant Scotland, her reporter's ambitions on hold while she's stuck with the nightly "car calls" to supply the Daily News with petty crime reports. She's sassy, overweight, and decked out in pixie boots and a thrift-shop coat to shield her against the Glasgow ...more
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
Set in Glasgow in 1984, Mina's riveting second thriller to feature Patricia "Paddy" Meehan (after 2005's A Field of Blood) opens with the 21-year-old crime reporter for the Scottish Daily News following up a late-night disturbance complaint at a Victorian villa in the posh suburb of Bearsden. The tall, attractive man at the door assures Paddy, as he had the police, that the incident won't happen again. Behind him is a blond woman with a bloody face"Vhari Burnett, a well-respected political ...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
Jan 09, 2011 Theresa Leone Davidson rated it really liked it
A Paddy Meehan mystery, four and a half stars, in which she is still working as reporter, now on the night shift, for the newspaper The Scottish Daily News, and gets a police call at a posh suburban home, a woman who has obviously been beaten, and not only do the police leave the woman and her 'companion' there without arresting anyone, Paddy leaves as well, only to find out later that the woman has been killed. From there she follows where the leads take her, trying to find out who the good ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
Denise Mina is just an amazing writer, let alone crime writer. This story sucks you in from the beginning which is the probably the only time things are on an even keel. The story barrages you from all sides, constantly complicating itself and unsettling you. Mina has created a world where truly anything can happen up to the last sentence--literally. The integrity and complexity of the main character--indeed all of the characters--keep the whole thing together and keep you thoroughly on board. I ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I read the first book in this series 'The Field of Blood' which featured Paddy Meehan a young journalist on the crime beat – a character I really enjoyed for her realness, heart and insecurities and who I wanted to read more about.

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
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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

Nov 18, 2014 Nicholas rated it really liked it
The Dead Hour is sort of in between being a novel and being a mystery. Of course mysteries ARE novels, but they're novels where the reader is trying to figure out whodunnit. Mina is writing about a brutal murder and the reporter who is trying to solve it, but there's never really a ton of mystery about WHO dunnit, or why. Indeed, the why doesn't even get resolved at the end, at least not in the classic way, where the solver explains all of the stuff that the reader didn't know about that allowed ...more
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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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