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Denise Mina
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16 Feb 2012 Paddy Meehan 3

Everything is going well for journalist Paddy Meehan. She finally has a flat of her own, and the job she always wanted, as one of Scotland's leading newspaper columnists.

Then the police knock at her door with the news that her former lover, Terry, has been found in a ditch, shot through the head. Even though they'd split up months before, Paddy is down as the next of kin, and has been left everything, including a box of notebooks...

As Paddy tries to uncover what it was Terry wanted her to discover, it soon becomes clear that he was about to expose a secret. A secret worth killing for. And Paddy is next in line...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135265
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,073 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" "From the Hardcover edition."

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A secret worth killing for - and she's next in line...

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The last straw 13 Jan 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but shame about the ending. 12 Feb 2014
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I have read several of the Paddy stories and have enjoyed them. This was a page turner also. The ending is such a disappointment though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not usual standard but still okay 18 May 2014
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Breath by Denise Mina 14 Dec 2013
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The last in the Paddy Meehan trilogy and the book opens with Paddy's ex-boyfriend being found dead. He has left her a dodgy old country bolt-hole and some clues as to who might have killed him. Paddy feels bound to investigate as the events of the last 2 novels also come to collide in this volume. Connor, her other ex-boyfriend's cousin, jailed for killing a child, has been released and the people responsible for the murders in volume 2 are coming after Paddy.

A tidy but gripping resolution to the trilogy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and gritty new Paddy Meehan novel 2 April 2008
Denise Mina's newest book opens with the shocking murder of Terry Hewitt, former boyfriend of her protagonist, Paddy Meehan. They had known each other since they were both in their teens, eleven years ago, but it had been six months since they had seen each other. Paddy is now 27, and has graduated from her lowly position at the Daily News to her present celebrity status with a regular column of her own, in addition to being a published author. Terry, in turn, had just signed a book deal of his own, and Paddy is told by the police that his killing "had all the hallmarks of an IRA hit...his body found stripped naked in a ditch, single shot to the head." He had been a journalist as well, later "went to war zones, conflict zones, did hard reporting on a world stage...the last of a dying breed...had witnessed corruption and brutality, women raped and murdered, children mutilated, whole villages put to the torch...a fifteen-year-old Angolan boy, shot between the eyes right in front of him." But in the moments before he is killed, after thinking that he "had been arrested in Chile, seen a woman necklaced in Soweto, stood on the edge of a riot in Port-au-Prince," he has no idea why he is about to be murdered on a road on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland.

In many respects Paddy has changed little over the years since she first appeared in Ms. Mina's books, of which this is the third: She still hates her appearance, believing she is too fat; still feels she has to prove herself to the misogynistic men around her; though she attends Mass, she still rebels against her family's Catholicism--her sister is a nun, "wasn't even prepared to take communion and had had a child out of wedlock," a son, Pete, now nearly six years old, who she adores.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paddy Mehean
I almost loved thus book but I love the author Denise Mina for her courage to follow her dreams of NOT being a lawyer but a best selling novelist
Published 11 months ago by smokywoods
5.0 out of 5 stars Denise Mina is definitely one of my favourite authors
I read the last Paddy Meehan book first, which did mean that I knew what was coming in part of the other books. That didn't detract from the enjoyment, though. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars all denise mina books are good stories.
love all books paddy Meehan is a great and sometimes funny great to read about Glasgow and all the places I remember as a child.
Published 13 months ago by Patricia Coster
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Bored with a Denise Mina Book
You just want to stay up late and finish this story. Denise if you're out there when do we get another Paddy Meehan book?
Published 16 months ago by Jm
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Memorable Novel
The Last Breath brings the Paddy Meehan trilogy to an exciting and memorable finale. However, I can't help feeling that this story has more to go! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Karate Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackling writing.
Denise Mina is a top rate writer. Paddy Meehan, her journalist creation, is one of those characters of whom you just need to know more. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Chanona
2.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but ...............
It rattles along at a good pace. It's almost possible to forget all the unfinished bits and pieces of the story. But hardly anything tied up to a conclusion. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to standard
Having read almost everything by DM I bought this to fill in some dreary wet afternoons at home. I wasn't disappointed. It came up to the usual high standard of prose and plot. Read more
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The bigotry bursting out of this book destroys any character's credibility and the story. No imagination, no surprise, no action, lack of intelligence and a lack of beauty. Read more
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