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The Last Breath by Denise Mina
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May 19, 2012

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bookshelves: crime-fiction, thriller
Read from May 06 to 19, 2012

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 novel, End of the Wasp Season. The reasons why Terry had to die never seem that convincing. McBree never seems that convincing, and the fact that he would run off into the shadows when disturbed by Burns' wife breaking into their house in the dead of night, rather than the more likely outcome of standing his ground and slaughtering them all right there, is quite pathetic.

One ray of light: the rehabilitation of Callum Ogilvy (possibly the most strongly depicted character in the book). Truly moving.

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