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The Dead Hour Paddy Meehan thought she d be farther along in her career as an investigative journalist by now But three years after breaking a big story, she s still on perpetual night shift, chasing police calls for a story that will promote her out of a twilight existence that makes candy bars and coffee a medical necessity With her father and brothers unemployed and her family perilously short of money, she needs the work The domestic dispute at a house in a wealthy suburb seems like nothing unusual at first The elegant blonde in the shadows bleeding from a head injury doesn t want any help and the well dressed, ingratiating man at the front door tells Paddy everything s fine and that she should leave And then he asks her to make sure nothing appears in the paper, slipping cash into her hand before he closes the door The next morning, Paddy sees the lead TV news story the blonde woman had been tortured, beaten, and left to die The untraceable man was neither her boyfriend nor her husband, and Paddy can t understand why the victim passed up the chance to walk through the door and live Far from the spoiled trophy wife Paddy assumed her to be, the victim was a prosecution lawyer with a social conscience that clashed with her privileged background Soon Paddy begins to make connections no one else has seen, and after she witnesses the body of a suicide being pulled from the river, she finds surprising links between the two deaths It s the story Paddy s dreamed of, but she ll lose all credibility if word gets out about the bribe The police who attended the call are twisting the evidence for reasons of their own, and her boss at the newspaper is impatient with Paddy s unproven hunches Only Paddy cares enough to pursue a dark and brutal truth that could make her career or kill her


About the Author: Denise Mina

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966 Because of her father s job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around EuropeShe left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.At twenty one she passed exams, got into study Law at Glasgow University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, teaching criminology and criminal law in the mean time.Misusing her grant she stayed at home and wrote a novel, Garnethill when she was supposed to be studying instead.



10 thoughts on “The Dead Hour

  1. says:

    Damn I love these books I adore Paddy Meehan She is one of the best series protagonists I ve come across in years In her era late 80s and her particularly conservative religious community, women don t work they marry So here s Paddy, charging full speed ahead into the un


  2. says:

    Paddy Keeps Rolling 4 Stars Paddy Meehan is one of the most entertaining characters I have encountered in a long time On one hand, she is a little overweight and is self conscious while on the other she is spunky, quick witted and quick tempered She is the only unbeliever in a


  3. says:

    Paddy Meehan 2 and by the time of this it was joyfully obvious that no one had to long for moan about miss Garnethill Denise does not know how it feels to write a less than great book Paddy has made reporter, but are doing her dog introduction time during the Dead Hour of night.


  4. says:

    Terrific Tartan noir with young Paddy Meehan getting in over her head again Great on the sexual politics of a provincial newsroom in the 1980s with a few too many scenes following the physical breakdown of a coke head on the run Satisfying enough to hunt down the third in the series.


  5. says:

    Aged 21 and suffering under the gloom of the Thatcher years, Patricia Paddy Meehan is the only wage earner in her Glasgow family Her job is as a very junior reporter on a fictional Glasgow newspaper, the Daily News her main task is to cruise the city at night with a driver, listening to the police


  6. says:

    Setting Scotland 1984 This is the second book in the series featuring Glasgow journalist Paddy Meehan In this latest episode, Paddy is assigned to the newspaper s night car , chasing police calls to see if any interesting stories are revealed Attending an upmarket home in the Bearsden area after reports o


  7. says:

    The second book in the series is just as good as the first A horrific murder, the ties that bind families, police corruption, coming of age, women in the workforce, discrimination against Catholics in 80s Glasgow It s all there Plus her ongoing obsession with Paddy Meehan And her own dysfunctional family Terrifi


  8. says:

    Denise Mina is the sort of writer who puts lesser writers off from writing, since they know they can never compete with the casual brilliance of what she does At least, that is the case with this writer, i.e me.I wasn t especially drawn to Paddy Meehan in the first book, in comparison with Maureen O Donnell but this is


  9. says:

    Leave it to me to begin in the middle I somehow picked up book two of a series though completely able to be read as a standalone , after reading some words of praise for Mina s writing Those words were well deserved Mina is an accomplished writer She brings the dark, dour, bleak streets of Glasgow to life with her artfully de


  10. says:

    The story itself was OK I like feisty protagonists acting for the benefit of others as well as for themselves Especially when the protagonist is a woman Although in this case, the person Paddy tried to protect was not at all likeable My problem is with the audio version The reader, Helen O Neill s accent was to my ear Irish I d rath


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