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The Dead Hour (Paddy Meehan Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Mina
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" Mina never fails to engage the reader, taking crime fiction into further territory to challenge and extend our perceptions... Puts Mina into the class of the serious psychological novelist." - "Scotland on Sunday "" Scotland has found itself a new Ian Rankin." - "The Times"""Praise for Denise Mina: " One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years." - Ian Rankin " The Crown Princess of Crime." - Val McDermid " Field of Blood is more challenging than any crime novel, more engaging than any social commentary, and way more inspiring, inventive and downright chilling than any thriller." - Manda Scott

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" Mina never fails to engage the reader, taking crime fiction into further territory to challenge and extend our perceptions... Puts Mina into the class of the serious psychological novelist."
- "Scotland on Sunday
"" Scotland has found itself a new Ian Rankin."
- "The Times"
"
"Praise for Denise Mina:
" One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years."
- Ian Rankin
" The Crown Princess of Crime."
- Val McDermid
" Field of Blood is more challenging than any crime novel, more engaging than any social commentary, and way more inspiring, inventive and downright chilling than any thriller."
- Manda Scott

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2180 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409135276
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074AM2WI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an engineer, her family moved twenty-one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. After leaving school at sixteen and a run of poorly paid jobs, she went on to study Law at Glasgow University and researched a PhD thesis at Strathclyde.

Misusing her grant, she stayed at home and wrote her first novel, Garnethill, which was published in 1998 and won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for best first crime novel.

Since 1998 she has written seven further novels, including most recently, Still Midnight. She also writes comics and in 2006 wrote her first play, 'Ida Tamson'. As well as all of this she writes short stories and is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Author photo (c) Colin McPherson

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars By No Means Mina's Best, But Has Its Rewards 11 July 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Glasgow's own Denise Mina, whose latest book is "The Dead Hour," is one of the hottest new stars in the galaxy of "Tartan Noir." That is, mysteries as currently written by several Scots. More ferocious and bloodthirsty than most, sporting that black Scottish sense of humor, macabre and sly.

"The Dead Hour" again stars Paddy Meehan, who was introduced in The Field of Blood. It's still the 1980's, Margaret Thatcher's bleak regime. Paddy is still working at the "Scottish Daily News," but has been promoted from copyboy. She's now a reporter, 21 years old, last and least of the pack, who'd better get herself some ink soon. Or else. She's still Catholic, fat, poorly dressed and sporting a spikey hairdo: the girl really can't trade on her looks. She's trying to succeed in a rough and tumble environment. Her coworkers are Protestant, sexist, hard-drinking, hard-bitten older men, sprung from the working class, as is she. But, although Paddy isn't particularly well-educated, she's smart, insightful and conscientious. She has her instincts and intuitions. And she is, in fact, determined to stand on her own two feet, at the job and in her world. She'd better, as her father and brothers have been laid off, and she's now sole support of her family.

Paddy, least senior reporter, is on the night shift, assigned to chase the police radio wherever it takes her as "The Dead Hour" opens. One night, the radio takes her to a prosperous suburb on a domestic violence call. Two BMWs are parked behind the house. There's a bloody-faced woman visible inside: she doesn't seem to want any help. And there's a handsome, pleasant, well-dressed man at the door: he doesn't want any help either.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent crime novel 16 Aug. 2009
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book enormously. It has taken me a while to get round to Denise Mina and this is the first book of hers that I have read. It certainly won't be the last.

For those unfamiliar with Mina's work, the book is set in Glasgow in 1984 and the time and place are extremely well evoked without ever being intrusive, which gives a real solidity to the book. Another of its great strengths is the believable and well-drawn characters. In particular, the main protagonist, a young, struggling woman journalist called Paddy Meehan, is very well portrayed. She is an ordinary young woman from a poor background, slightly insecure and worried about her weight. She has no spectacular character traits or flaws to make her "interesting" nor does she have a particularly Complicated Personal Life - just the normal situations one might expect her to have to deal with - and yet she is a very engaging and interesting character. I thought her a really excellent creation by Mina, and the other characters are similarly well drawn and plausible.

Meehan works the night shift, and Mina creates a fine "film noir" atmosphere throughout the book. The plot is gripping and (praise be!) both plausible and comprehensible, and the narrative is well constructed, well written and entertaining. It builds the tension very nicely and I was completely enthralled. All in all, this is one of the best crime novels - indeed one of the best novels - I have read for some time. Very warmly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!! 30 July 2006
By Wendy
Format:Hardcover
This book is like Denise Mina's others - fantastic! Very hard to put down, wanting to see what happens in the next chapter. Takes a good few twists & the end is brilliant. Just hope there is a follow up to this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Hour 1 July 2012
Format:Paperback
Paddy Meehan, 21 years old and on night shift [called the "calls car" shift, and encompassing the Dead Hour, 3 AM], at the Scottish Daily News in Glasgow, makes one of her usual nightly calls, following the police radio in the car and going to the address to which the police have been summoned. This time it appears to be a domestic disturbance, the victim a young, elegant-looking blond woman who, though obviously bloodied, refuses any assistance and, when Paddy catches her eye, seems to slightly shake her head. The police leave, aided by the passing of money into their hands from the man who had answered the door, a scenario replayed moments later when Paddy, herself now the recipient of a 50 pound note, tries to question him. The following morning Paddy learns that the body of the blond woman, a prosecution attorney from a wealthy family, has been found, having been tortured, beaten and left to die, and she is tormented by the possible role she may have played by her quiescence.

To salve her conscience and, not incidentally, hoping to make her mark as an investigative journalist at the same time, Paddy follows up on the story, which expands when another death follows, whether suicide or murder an uncertain matter.

Glasgow, its rougher as well as finer areas, the helplessness of those affected by 1980's unemployment, and the protagonist's Irish Catholic background, are well drawn, as is Paddy, young, rebellious, hardworking [sole support of her parents and several siblings] and ambitious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better than the previous Paddy Meehan.
Published 11 days ago by P A Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by Thomas F
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, lots of twists and turns. I will definitely look out for more books from this great author Denise Mina. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from Ms Mina
The second instalment of Paddy Meehan maintains the high standard of the first book.

Paddy is still a very likeable and believable character. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Damo Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Denise Mina's The Dead Hour
I really enjoyed this crime novel by my favourite crime novelist, Denise Mina. Like her other novels, I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to end.
Mary Lynas
Published 9 months ago by Mary Lynas
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to keep reading
Anyone who enjoys crime novels will enjoy this. A light read but a great atmosphere is created by the author. Could not stop reading.
Published 12 months ago by ellie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
Paddy Meehan is a proper journalist but still she is on the night time drive around, responding to the police radio, chasing calls for a story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by salemskye.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime busting journalist
Brilliant tale of a young girl at the start of her career wasted on the night shift but solving the crime of the moment , despite the best efforts of the police. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tabi
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read from Denise Mina.
I am now waiting on the arrival of the next book from Ms Mina. This was another a great read. Her characters really resonate with me, as if they were real people. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David in Hertfordshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody
By moody I mean it creates the mood of the period and the characters with no holds barred. So you have great developed characters you can understand together with the tension of a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fred Smith
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