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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (838 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Mina Narrator: Jane MacFarlane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paddy Meehan Series Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781482977493
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Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder—as a reporter she lives at crime scenes—but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help—she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes. Drawn into a maze of secrets and lies, Paddy begins making connections to Terry’s murder that no one else has seen, and soon finds herself trapped in the most important—and dangerous—story of her career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…This gripping read, with its intricate plotting and realistic regional dialogue, will leave even the most astute reader guessing until the end.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Native Glaswegian Jane MacFarlane flawlessly captures Paddy’s voice with her strong Scots accent and dusky modulation [with] astutely nuanced characterization…The gripping story, with its realistic regional dialogue, provides suspense to the dénouement.”

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  • “Compelling idiomatic dialogue, riveting scenes, and full-blooded characters.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pbwritr | 2/20/2014

    " 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 person entirely. Why she constantly smoked cigarettes against her will. Why she immediately thought Terry had been killed by the IRA. why someone started stalking and threatening her. A fast-moving, readable story, but a lot of leaps of the imagination. Also, could never figure out the timeframe--book published 2008 but always using pay phones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Haliburton | 2/2/2014

    " The third Paddy Meehan sees Paddy as a single mother tangled up in the IRA and MI5; the crime element is for me still secondary as we head into the 90s and Mina wonderfully captures Glasgow before the Year of Culture transformation had fully kicked in. Wonderfully written characters and a heroine to love. bring on #4 and #5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/25/2014

    " What a find! I was on vacation with nothing to read, wandered into a book shop and picked out an author new to me. This is a great book with wonderful characters. Some characters aren't that easy to like or comfortable - but they are believable and fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gymkim | 1/24/2014

    " Good book,! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anneb | 1/23/2014

    " Marvelous read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Velta | 1/10/2014

    " I will read other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle Baxter | 1/4/2014

    " I really like the Paddy Meehan character and I love that she is so multi-dimensional - her work, her family, her background and her relationships all shape who she is. Definitely looking forward to reading more Denise Mina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 11/16/2013

    " Glasgow journalist Paddy Meehan finds her five-year-old son threatened when she pries too closely into the death of a former colleague. Lots of local color and an interesting female protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 10/30/2013

    " I liked it but it was a bit sloppy, esp compared to Mina's earlier work. Tighten it up, Denise. I have high expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 9/17/2013

    " Fast paced, frankly spoken, Glaswegian dialect, local color, lots of IRA stuff, good plot, great characters. Sucked me right in...couldn't put it down. It was a recommendation from "theworld.org" on public radio as one of the three best beach mysteries for the summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 9/10/2013

    " I've read two other books by her. All of them have engaging characters and a plot that keeps you reading and wondering. I always have to take the first part slowly, though, until I get used to all the Scoticisms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 6/6/2013

    " Solid mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suzi | 2/9/2013

    " I really love this series. Mina's Paddy Meehan is a great character- tough, driven, funny, honest and ballsy. Looking forward to additional adventures with Paddy and crew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingeborg | 11/30/2012

    " Denise Mina hasn't been disappointing yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Maguire | 10/4/2012

    " Just another great read from Denise Mina. I'd recommend reading this series in order, but you don't have to in order to enjoy the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 10/1/2012

    " audio -- maybe not in the mood to read about the Scotts and their strange way of looking at life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 5/14/2012

    " I must be getting too picky as I get old. Would not recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/13/2012

    " third in a series about scots journalist and the mysteries she gets involved in--really like her character, bit bloody but intelligent stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathanial | 11/30/2011

    " Combines all Mina's best traits--lively, unique characters in compelling plots, given significant nuance in vivid settings--and bolsters them with a driving pace and elaborate rhythm marked by 'rhyming images' (Hubcap, who provided this phrase?) and subtle symbolism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ardyce | 8/26/2011

    " A very realistic picture of a Glasgow that most people don't see. Main character is very honest and engaging and I have been told her picture of a newsroom is very realistic. Gritty and very well written. It's an excellent series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/6/2011

    " I love this series. I love the location, the main character, and the complexity of the stories. I only recently found this author, but now that I know about her, I will read everything she has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve P | 7/8/2011

    " Mina's Paddy Meehan novels are a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 6/27/2011

    " Denise Mina is a superb writer who captures the grittiness of both Glasgow and the tension between Catholics and Protestants against the backdrop of a young woman trying to break into journalism. Paddy Meehan is a vulnerable, believable protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/21/2011

    " Just another great read from Denise Mina. I'd recommend reading this series in order, but you don't have to in order to enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/11/2011

    " I like the character Paddy Meehan and the Scottish/Irish connection in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/13/2010

    " Loved this book!! The characters are well-rounded and complex. I listened to this and the narrator was Scottish. Lovely voice!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 10/2/2010

    " I am a huge fan of Denise Mina. She writes about Glasgow as only a native could write.
    This is the 3rd in a trilogy. I read the last one first, but each book appears to stand on its own.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/15/2010

    " I really like this author -- and this character. Here Paddy Meehan takes on the IRA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/17/2010

    " ...a little hard to follow some of the Scots & Irish cultural nuiances, however, an interesting crime novel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/7/2010

    " a Glasgow heroine, well written, entertaining mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lis | 6/9/2010

    " I enjoy Denise Mina's writing. It's not particularly deep, but it's generally satisfying. Plus, all the Scottish slang is endlessly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 5/31/2010

    " You can't help but like Paddy Meahan. I'm hoping to read more of her in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 5/30/2010

    " Very good. I have enjoyed all of Mina's books. I love reading books placed in another country. I can't know how reliable a picture the author portrays but Mina always does a great job with tone and setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 5/16/2010

    " Denise Mina writes some of the smartest, funniest, toughest crime fiction around. Love her, love Glasgow (just glad I don't live there.) Tartan noir 4 Evr. Enough said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/20/2010

    " The Scottish dialect in the book didn't help the slow journey to the end "

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