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3.0019801980198 out of 53.0019801980198 out of 53.0019801980198 out of 53.0019801980198 out of 53.0019801980198 out of 5 3.00 (1,010 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:
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Paddy Meehan is thrilled with her new job: working the police beat at the newspaper. Responding to a late night call, she arrives at an elegant villa, where a calm blonde woman with blood on her mouth answers the door. The woman has already convinced the police to leave, and soon Paddy realizes how: she slips fifty dollars into Paddys hand and begs her to keep the incidentwhatever it isout of the press.

The next morning, Paddy sees the lead news story: The woman has been murdered. Soon after, the body of a suicide is pulled from the river. Was the blonde more than just a spoiled trophy wife? Are the two deaths related? In pursuit of answers, Paddy is drawn into a web of violence and greed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Surely Paddy Meehan is the most unlikely, and most realistic, investigator in recent crime fiction. And The Dead Hour is arguably the most gripping, surprising, and satisfying thriller in many a season. Ms. Mina gives a reader everything from grim deeds and grisly forensics to cutthroat office politics, sharp humor, warm family scenes, and earthly sex. She can show as much with a raised eyebrow as with an outright threat…The Dead Hour is some kind of magnificent.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Denise Mina has made Paddy smart, feisty, hot-blooded, and guilty-stricken, a riveting creature of her time and place. Ms. Mina writes inviting, colorful novels that happen to involve some degree of chicanery…She is on footing with Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson with this book.”

    New York Times

  • “Her plotting skills are top-drawer, but it’s in character description where Mina combines a painter’s eye with a social worker’s keen perspective.”


  • “Gloriously visceral…The Dead Hour showcases the author in peak form as she continues the story of her young newspaper journalist Paddy Meehan…Mina excels at narrative and social commentary.”


  • The Dead Hour is an intense and entertaining work of crime fiction that feels so real it’ll leave dirt underneath the reader’s fingernails. And Paddy Meehan is a brilliant auctorial concoction.”

    Denver Post

  • “Paddy Meehan is the anti-Nancy Drew…A winningly breezy sleuth-meets reporter series.”

    USA Today

  • “Brutally funny.”


  • “Paddy’s company is always a pleasure. And Mina’s narrative instincts are so strong, you end up savoring the wait [to discover the connections between characters].”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Subtle and shrewd.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Mina, a colorful, muscular writer, has got a real winner with Paddy, and readers will hope she doesn’t grow up too fast.”

    Portsmouth Herald

  • “If Denise Mina isn’t careful, she’s going to undermine her status as a successful thriller writer by creating characters we would care about in any old situation. In Paddy Meehan, Mina has created a unique character who’s a swirling mass of disappointment, ambition, anger, curiosity, sweetness, rudeness, and determination: in short, a real human being.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Mina has taken a tired and often complacent genre and, while hardly subverting it, given it new life.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Mina has succeeded in making her Paddy an original, a feisty little creature.”

    Washington Times

  • “Hopefully this won’t be the last breathless adventure for one of the most entertaining reporter sleuths in recent crime fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2007 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2007 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barb | 1/27/2016

    " I am listening to the audiobook of The Dead Hour and I'm enjoying every bit of it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacquie | 2/10/2014

    " As always with Mina's books -- the topic is intense, but told from many angles and the ending is left hanging. You are left wondering what really happened. Still her books are compelling, and hard to put down. Understanding Scottish life, or gaining an understanding helps -- the books are graphic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Celeste | 1/15/2014

    " Incredible! This book was so suspenseful that I read it in two evenings. Much better than the first book in the series (Field of Blood) - the action is spread evenly throughout the story, instead of all happening in the last dozen pages. And now on to the third one... I feel like once I'm done reading all of Denise Mina's books, I may just have to quit reading altogether. She is THAT good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " Denise Mina has written one of the best crime novels I've read in a long time. Her characters jump out of the pages at the investigation of a murder of a mysterious blonde woman -- they're real, they're so human that you want to meet them for a cup of coffee! Two down, one to go in this series! "

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