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Patrick AndersonSlip of the Knife is a readable, stylishly written thriller, but by including so much of Paddy's personal life, Mina often lets her crime story get lost while Paddy worries about her sister's forbidden romance and her son's progress in school…it's difficult for a novelist to juggle horrid crimes with the stuff of everyday life. Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade didn't have an everyday life, which simplified things considerably. But Mina and other modern writers are expanding the boundaries of the crime novel, even at the risk that some readers will skip the kitchen-sink scenes in search of the next murder most foul.
—The Washington Post