Field of Blood by Denise Mina

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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 she’s 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.


About Denise Mina

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Published July 1, 2005 by HighBridge Company.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As if her own investigation weren’t dark enough, Mina (Deception, 2004, etc.) introduces a running counterpoint: the real-life case of Paddy’s namesake, a burglar convicted in 1969 of murder despite his pleas of innocence and released only after seven years in a solitary confinement little more s...

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It's a pleasure to listen to O'Neill's lovely Scottish rhythms and accent narrating this alternately amusing and chilling mystery of the recent death of a three-year-old—a death intricately connected with a similar murder a decade earlier.

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Book Reporter

The year is 1981, and eighteen-year-old Patricia (Paddy) Meehan is a humble lass from a Catholic working-class family.

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Entertainment Weekly

Originally posted Jul 08, 2005 Published in issue #829 Jul 15, 2005 Order article reprints

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Reviewing the Evidence

Paddy Meehan wants to be a journalist.

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She is someone who wants to be her own person - to do what she wants to do - not what everyone else wants her to do.

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Hallie Ephron Evening Times [Glasgow] 4 of 5 Stars "Mina has obviously done her research—she even braved the old Press Bar in Albion Street—but things have changed and journalists no longer have time to fit in work round a day in the pub.

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Times Higher Education

As you can imagine, Paddy wasn't best pleased with this betrayal and dragged Heather to the loo, where she made the miscreant look at herself in the toilet bowl before pulling the chain and completely ruining her coiffure.

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