Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan Series #1)

Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan Series #1)

by Denise Mina
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Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan Series #1) by Denise Mina

The first in a new series by Scotland’s princess of crime, Denise Mina.

When the body of a four-year-old boy is found tortured and battered to death, it is assumed the child has been the victim of a vicious sexual predator. Instead the police are led, not to the house of an adult killer, but to the doors of two eleven-year-old boys.

Fresh from school, Paddy Meehan has just started work on the Scottish Daily News. Determined to be an investigative journalist, she also wants to be financially independent. But her colleagues — hard-drinking chauvinists to a man — believe a woman’s place to be in the home, and preferably in the bedroom. And Paddy’s family too: all they want is for her to get married to her fiancé, Sean, and have children of her own. Then Paddy discovers that one of the boys charged with the child’s murder is Sean’s cousin, Callum. Soon Callum’s name is all over the News, and her family blames Paddy. Shunned by Sean and those closest to her, Paddy finds herself dangerously alone.

Set in Glasgow in 1981, a time of hunger strikes, riots and unemployment that decimate the old industrial heartlands, The Field of Blood is the first in a stunning new crime series featuring Paddy Meehan. Infused with Mina’s unique blend of dark humour, personal insights and the social injustices that pervade society, this is a novel that will grip the reader while challenging our perceptions of childhood innocence, crime and punishment, right or wrong.

Author Bio:Denise Mina has written extensively as an academic researcher on the medicalization of deviant women, and until recently she taught Criminology and Criminal Law. She is the author of Garnethill for which she won the John Creasey Award for best first crime novel in 1998. Her other novels are Exile, Resolution and Sanctum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597221160
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Series: Paddy Meehan Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author


DENISE MINA is the author of Garnethill, Exile, Resolution, and Deception.Greenhilll won the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel; Exile and Resolution, which completed the trilogy, was lauded by critics in the U.K. and the U.S. Dubbed "a fearless" (GQ) writer "of stunning talent and accomplishment" (Publishers Weekly), Mira lives in Glasgow.

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.

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Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who remember 'Deception' or 'Garnethill' by the amazing Scottish author Denise Mina know that they're in for an unrelenting look at the bleakness of life as well as telling insights into the hearts and minds of her characters. Mina's genre is crime fiction - yes, but with a difference. Heather O'Neill also makes an enormous difference for listeners as she gives authentic, unvarnished voice to the story of young Paddy Meehan who wants to climb the ladder, but at what cost? O'Neill's voice performance makes a moving, suspenseful story even more stunning. Paddy is employed at the Scottish Daily News as a copygirl. Of course, she hopes to get ahead, to be a reporter of note. It would seem that her opportunity arrives with the shocking killing of an innocent three-year-old, Brian Wilcox. That story is not only a heartbreaker but a headline grabber as well. As luck or fate would have it, one of the young boys suspected of the killing is a cousin of her fiancé. She asks for his help in interviewing the boy only to open a surprising Pandora's box which may bring great harm to herself, her family, and the boy himself. She's made some quick decisions in her quest for success. How far should she go? 'Field of Blood' is a disturbing, fascinating listen - don't miss it. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paddy Meehan is a journalist -- at least she believes she is, as she waits on the copyboy bench at the Glasgow, Scotland newspaper where she works. She knows she will eventually be a real journalist like all the men around her who think of her as a fat coffee-fetcher. Paddy has grown up on the wrong side of the Glasgow tracks, but she is determined to prove her worth as a true newswoman. Even the rampant religious bigotry she has to endure as a Roman Catholic won't keep her away from a vicious murder she must investigate and solve. Denise Mina does her Paddy Meehan proud in a highly descriptive tale of questionable police practices in a country where women are still considered second-class citizens.
Seamus_OGorman More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book by this author that I've read. She must be very good for people to say this isn't very good or "not one of her best." I enjoyed it very much. The characters are well drawn and the story moves along. There was nothing surprising which to me is the mark of a good author - it wasn't that it was predictable but rather than everything made sense. I like the way she weaves the personal lives of the characters through the main plotline without being distracting. It's got dark moments and plenty of foul language but is ultimately a light and enjoyable read.
Roseflr More than 1 year ago
Ms Mina has created a beautifully wrought story filled with excellent character development and atmospheric ambiance. The heroine, Paddy Meehan, is so richly drawn that the reader becomes intimately acquainted with her and her world. There's nothing stereotypical about young Paddy. She's bright, but unsophisticated, gutsy, but inexperienced and naive. Mina immerses us in the details of working-class Glasgow life so deeply that I almost developed an accent! Here's a tale brimming with originality and genuine heart, suspense and humanity.
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Denise Mina finely intertwines previous crimes all leading to a current murder. I loved the character Paddy Meehan .
shr More than 1 year ago
Just ok a bit of a slow read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything about this author. Paddy is an unlikely heroine, but because of it, she's up to something that you can't quite be sure of. Love this book.
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Could not put this seris down.
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