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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: June 2006 ISBN: 9781598872439
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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.”

    Ms.

  • “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.”

    Newsday

  • 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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoy a good mystery but this was borderline to dark for me. It wasn't even about solving the case it was just about hoping people stayed alive. It was too much of a true crime novel for me - too close to reality. It was about a drug deal gone so horribly wrong and frightening because it is all possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 1/9/2014

    " I read a lot of genre fiction - mostly mysteries. My favorite authors have been Ruth Rendell and P. D. James. In recent years I have added Ian Rankin to that list. I have been aware of Denise Mina but my local public library has never had any of her books until this one. Based on this one example I am close to adding her to my "A" list. This was a very good read. I am looking forward to readig more of her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Lenssen | 1/8/2014

    " Better then #1. Enjoyable but no memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Burpee | 1/8/2014

    " I have read anmd enjoyed all of Denise Mina's mysteries. A really interesting Scottish mystery writer. Gritty and quirky and different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 1/4/2014

    " This mystery features a young investigative reported in Glasgow and it was quite enjoyable. It probably deserves more than a 3star rating, but not quite a 4. I certainly will keep going with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 12/6/2013

    " Paddy is a great female character, making it in a man's world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marzie | 12/4/2013

    " Good drama paired with a terrific insight into the recession in Scotland brought on by the Thatcher regime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette Ponte | 12/1/2013

    " Paddy Meehan is great character but this book was not as good as the other two. Three books in the series so far, the first and third were very good this one slow and somewhat boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Maguire | 10/30/2013

    " This was actually the first book by Denise Mina that I read, and I really liked it. Paddy Meehan is a great combination of ambitious and kind of sleazy, so it's entertaining to follow her through the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 9/18/2013

    " I don't feel I can adequately judge this book due to Mother Nature being a bitch and interrupting it for me. It was a little slow for my liking, but it was still a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 8/17/2013

    " Very entertaining. I liked that it took place in Glasgow, Scotland - I don't think I've read a book that has been set there before. The only thing that was slightly disappointing is that I thought it would be more of a whodunit. Other than that, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaqi | 4/13/2013

    " Another great thriller from Denise Mina, featuring newspaper writer Paddy Meehan. Paddy has to be one of my all time favorite protagonists. She incredibly flawed yet completely aware of her short comings. She's also incredibly smart and ballsy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Reaves | 12/2/2012

    " A night-shift reporter for a Glasgow paper allows herself to be compromised by a casual payoff and reaps the consequences when murder ensues. Mina is a fine writer and sharp observer of contemporary Glaswegian society, high and low. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 6/8/2012

    " Good, but not as good as the Garnethill Trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachee | 4/22/2012

    " Scottish mystery. Slowly builds and develpos plot with out feeling like the story lags. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 4/6/2012

    " This is a fantastic book from a wonderful author. I cannot wait to read the rest of them. I am so glad I swapped this book out, for another, at the Hostel in Spain. Such a great find. I love Paddy Meehan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roki | 3/18/2012

    " Another great book by Denise Mina. I like how the protagonist is flawed and makes mistakes but is also moral and trying to do the right thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2012

    " Not one of the better mysteries I have read. I struggled to get through this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marzie | 6/22/2011

    " Good drama paired with a terrific insight into the recession in Scotland brought on by the Thatcher regime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 6/4/2011

    " Good, but not as good as the Garnethill Trilogy. "

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

    " This was actually the first book by Denise Mina that I read, and I really liked it. Paddy Meehan is a great combination of ambitious and kind of sleazy, so it's entertaining to follow her through the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 12/17/2010

    " I actually liked this one more than the first Paddy Meehan book I read. I think I was more aware of the quiet tone. Great main character and interesting look at a very particular time, place and people but the background doesn't overwhelm the story. WIll be reading more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachee | 11/21/2010

    " Scottish mystery. Slowly builds and develpos plot with out feeling like the story lags. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 8/4/2010

    " I wanted to give this book a 4, but it's not quite there. A gritty character, like her city (Glasgow), Paddy Meehan, really captured my interest. The writing is crisp and very descriptive; the ending left me wanting more. This is the second in a trilogy; now I plan to read the other two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 5/31/2010

    " Paddy Meehan is great character but this book was not as good as the other two. Three books in the series so far, the first and third were very good this one slow and somewhat boring. "

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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.