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The Last Breath (Paddy Meehan 3) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593051432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593051436
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 980,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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" Mina infuses the city with human warmth and social realism; dialogue is convincingly street-witty and Paddy is an endearing heroine." -- "The Times" " Uncompromisingly real. . . . Another fine book from Mina, and in Paddy Meehan, she has created a touching and loving heroine." -- "Sunday Telegraph" " Paddy Meehan is the most unlikely, and most realistic, investigator in recent crime fiction . . ." -- " Wall Street Journal"

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A tense and compelling crime thriller from the two-time winner of the THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Murphy on 13 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I read the first two Paddy Meehan stories with enjoyment and looked forward to this, the third and last installment of the young Glaswegian journalist's encounters with crime. It was a disappointment. The right elements seem to be there: couthy Scots characters, a murder in chapter one, a subplot involving Paddy's ex-fiance, humour on the right side of dark - all present and correct. Somehow it doesn't hang together this time.

Let's start with Paddy herself. The character has developed from a young girl at the beginning of her career and hungry for success, to an established hack with a regular column in a substantial daily newspaper. There's the first problem. Paddy Meehan has turned into someone I would cross the street to avoid: a journalist paid for her scathing opinions and turn of phrase - a Caledonian Julie Burchill if you like. And success for Meehan means much of the tension drains away. True she has a young son to support and her love life is still far from ideal, but now she's well paid and respected, it's hard to root for her in the same way as before. And it means that her sharp tongue and wrong headedness become irritating instead of refreshing.

Then there's the plot. An old boyfriend of Paddy's is murdered. He leaves her the contents of his flat. Of course, the reason for the murder forms part of those contents, but instead of torching the place, like any sensible criminal would, the killer decides to go after Paddy. I'm tired of plots which make people do daft things for the convenience of the story. Worse still is the subplot about a young cousin of Meehan's ex, convicted of murdering a child (think James Bulger here) and about to be released into the care of said ex. What? Pardon?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damo Green on 18 May 2014
Format: Paperback
The first two Paddy Meehan books were excellent and set a very high standard - a standard that this book fails to maintain unfortunately, but it's still a decent read.

The first two books were realistic and believeable and you cared about Paddy. This book has a nonsense plot (it would have been sorted at source in US by taking camera) and falls into so many cliches - a renegade IRA man, shadowy and unexplained secret service, a corrupt senior policeman that no-one exposes, dead bodies disappearing, a mother that will do anything to protect her son (yawn), a pathologist who strikes up an immediate friendship during a corpse identification to give a piece of plot development and then is never mentioned again, and so on. As soon as the young priest was mentioned it was obvious that yet another cliche was going to be used - and this was the most disappointing one of all.

However, it is still a decent read and keeps the attention. It was interesting to see what happened the characters from the earlier books and the continuity and interlinking of the previous books was good.

The ending was particularly disappointing and very similar to the previous book - just how many times can Paddy be involved in similar incidents?

I hope there will be another book to continue Paddy's journey - but back to original standard please.
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By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2010
Format: Paperback
"The Last Breath," (2007) is third in the British reckoning of the Paddy Meehan series of British mysteries, what Americans call Slip of the Knife. It follows on The Field of Blood; (2005), and The Dead Hour(2006), by increasingly well-known Scottish-born author Denise Mina. She must now be considered a leading practitioner, in company with Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, of the Scottish crime writing school that has come to be known as "tartan noir," for its high level of violence, sheer bloody-mindedness, and grisly, witty humor. Mina burst on the scene with her debut novel, Garnethill that won the John Creasey Memorial Award; she was born in the vicinity of Glasgow, where all her novels have so far been set. As a child, her father's work took her all over the world: she has since, since her return to that city, worked in the field of health care, studied law at the University of Glasgow, and taught criminal law and criminology.

"Last Breath," as all of Mina's production so far, is set in Glasgow, her home town, in 1990. It picks up the story of Patricia (Paddy) Meehan, erstwhile girl reporter, now successful, locally famous girl columnist in the shrinking newspaper business. She drinks too much, eats too much unhealthy food, and is unable to give up smoking: that just makes her a Scot, along with her countrymen.
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Far fetched unlikely plot. A disappointment considering the previous two Paddy Meehan books. Mina should include more of the newspaper life of a journalist and less improbable personal situations. Refuse to follow up on a £50,000 offer for the story of a child killer released from prison? The killer taken into a relative's home where a child lives? Come on! As for the ending.......!!!
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