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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Mina Narrator: Heather O’Neill Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paddy Meehan Series Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781598872453
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A neophyte journalist becomes intimately involved in her first assignment: a brutal murder. The explosive start of a new series by the author of the acclaimed Garnethill trilogy.

Little Brian Wilcox’s murder is the hottest story in Scotland. Every major newspaper crowds its pages with stories examining the crime from every angle. If only Paddy Meehan could get a scoop on the case. A nationally syndicated story would surely launch her fledgling journalism career out of the free local rag shes been working at.

But when the connection Paddy had been hoping for finally comes, it only threatens her career and family. Callum, her fiancé Sean’s young cousin, is implicated in Brian’s murder, and when Paddy foolishly confides in her equally ambitious coworker, Heather, all hell breaks loose. Heather betrays her and sells the story to a major newspaper, making the entire Meehan clan turn on Paddy. The only way Paddy can redeem herself in their eyes is to clear Callum’s name. As Glasgow buzzes with the scandal, Paddy notices a similarity between Brian’s murder and the murder of a local boy several years earlier. Using her investigative skills, Paddy sets out to solve the murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Field of Blood] should earn her even more fans and cement her position as Glasgow’s retort to other Scottish luminaries like Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. A thoroughly engaging read.”

    Library Journal

  • “Mina’s writing, her sense of place and social fabric, and her keenly delineated characters surpass genre designation. This is more than crime fiction, and Heather O’Neill’s intelligent performance with its authentic Scot’s burr is a perfect match for it.”

    BookPage

  • “Mina…has helped make Scotland a leading exporter of world-class crime fiction.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Mina] is something more than a crime writer. Like Dennis Lehane with Mystic River, she describes a close-knit, secretive community in a substantial novel that happens to be centered on a crime.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 2006 Barry Award for Best British Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 2/5/2014

    " Set in Glasgow in the early eighties. The book had great descriptions of of the city, the class and sectarian divides of the time, and how a daily newspaper runs. The characters were all very believable and Paddy was a compelling though young and flawed heroine. The only slight quibble I had was that the plot was fairly pedestrian and the entire subplot about the real life Paddy Meehan, while interesting, seemed a bit like page filler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/22/2014

    " I finally got around to this first in a series of mysteries set in blue-collar Glasgow. I love the new Scottish noir, and this had an especially appealing heroine and a gripping, if gruesome, plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/20/2014

    " It took a little getting used to as the dialect was definately Irish, but this book was a great read. I'll pick up a few more of Mina's to see if I enjoy them as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Crossley | 1/16/2014

    " Good start to a Mina trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irmak Ertuna-howison | 1/9/2014

    " denise mina is a master in creating complex protagonists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Spencer | 12/27/2013

    " Really more like 3.5 stars. A bit of a slog in spots, but a good enough read that I'd like to try this author again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melani | 12/17/2013

    " The fact that I find myself missing Paddy Meehan days after I've finished this book is a tribute to the complex and interesting character created by Denise Mina. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/6/2013

    " Reallly good, but not Mina's best work. It'll give you your crime novel fix, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneb | 11/25/2013

    " brutal beginning. I read this after reading the 2nd Paddy Meehan but I don't think that was a problem it was helpful to have read it for the 3rd installment of the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn | 10/2/2013

    " This was tough to read, I actually had to skim the murder scene but I do love our heroine, Paddy Meehan. She's a well crafted and delightfully flawed and seems like someone I would like to know in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette Ponte | 8/16/2013

    " Very good read. Not overly intense with some good dry humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 5/13/2013

    " I'm so taken with this series. Wish there were more than three books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Law | 7/19/2012

    " A satisfyingly complex character as heroine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Vowles | 3/29/2012

    " A really good crime novel here. This story combines an actual historic case with a very well written fictional one. The added sectarianism does lend veracity to the sense of time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wyncia | 2/8/2012

    " Listened on tape to a recording with a lovely brogue. Working class Irish in Glasgow. What a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/30/2011

    " Chubby, ambitious, and hot-tempered--with a nose for sniffing out criminal motive-- aspiring journalist Paddy Meehan is a heroine you can really sink your teeth into. Set in the mean streets of the Glasgow housing projects, this mystery thriller is most successful as a coming-of-age story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 5/13/2011

    " After reading all the great reviews of this book, I feel like maybe I should give it a second shot. Didn't get past page 80, and really struggled to get that far. Couldn't "get into it" even though I really wanted to. I may revisit... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/9/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars, actually. Really evokes Glasgow of the 1980s (not that I ever lived there), but captures the feeling on a place/era very well. Other books in the series are worth reading too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/3/2011

    " Slow start, but got better about half way through.Would read another book about main character, Paddy Meehan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/30/2011

    " I love all Denise Mina's mysteries. I would highly recommend reading the Paddy series from the beginning, and this is the first. Her development as a character is fascinating throughout the next two, and the mystery aspect is just a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 12/15/2010

    " Main character, Paddy Meehan, works at the Scottish Daily News. Setting - Glasgow. Two stories in one - play on the name Paddy Meehan & two murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 12/11/2010

    " A satisfyingly complex character as heroine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/14/2010

    " This is the first in a trilogy (I've already read the second and third books) with Paddy Meehan at their center. Unglamorous copygirl, looking to become a real reporter, she, and the books are gritty, tough, and quite compelling. Worth 3 1/2 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn | 9/27/2010

    " This was tough to read, I actually had to skim the murder scene but I do love our heroine, Paddy Meehan. She's a well crafted and delightfully flawed and seems like someone I would like to know in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 8/13/2010

    " After a slow start, the story and character grabbed me and reeled me in. I enjoyed watching Paddy grow in strength and confidence as the plot unfolded. "

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About the Author
Author Denise Mina

Denise Mina is the author of Gods and Beasts, The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer.

About the Narrator

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.