Field of Blood Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2006
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Denise Mina is one of the most original voices in crime fiction.' -- The Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first in an important new series by Scotlands princess of crime, Denise Mina. 'Scotland has found itself a new Ian Rankin The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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But if you like crime novels that are all about what the investigator is thinking and doing rather than the crime itself, then you might like this.
Set in the early 1980s, it's the story of Patricia 'Paddy' Meehan, a lowly 'copyboy' and aspiring reporter on the Glasgow Daily News, who decides to investigate when two young boys are charged with the kidnap and murder of a toddler (the parallels with the Jamie Bulger case are shameless).
Mina is good at conjuring up the dour and dirty streets of 80s Glasgow, the smothering atmosphere of a working class Catholic community, and a typically sexist, alcohol-soaked newsroom of the time.
But as this is a crime novel without much to solve (it's an obvious villain) it all rests on the shoulders of young Paddy, and that was this book's main problem for me. I neither liked her nor found her to be very convincing. We're constantly being reminded of her insecurities (she tells us how fat she is on nearly every page) so all those smart remarks she manages to deliver sound very unlikely. There are far too many repetitive scenes with her boyfriend and family, talking about Paddy and Paddy's problems, when I needed to know more about the crime and the suspects.
I also couldn't understand why the narrative is interrupted at random points to give us episodes in the life of the real Paddy Meehan, a career criminal wrongly jailed for murder and the subject of a miscarriage of justice campaign in the 1970s. Yes, they've got the same name, but it seemed both gimmicky and clunky.Read more ›
However, is it just me or is there an uncanny resemblence to the Bulger case of 1993? Does anyone know if this was Mina's intention? Surely there can't be so many similarities for her not to be basing her book on the James Bulger killing?!!!
The story itself is set in 1980's Glasgow and mainly centres around a teenager named Paddy Meehan who is a very driven young girl who's dream is to escape the Catholic ways of her family and be a Journalist. When news breaks about a missing toddler named Brian Wilcox the city is shocked and even more so when the police finally find Brian's body and discover his killers who turn out to be 2 young boys. At this point I will say that there are so many similarities (if not straight out copy-cat) between this tragedy and the murder of little James Bulger that it becomes almost impossible not to imagine his little face in place of baby Brian and I found myself projecting the image of his killers onto the boys in the story too, which made it all terrifyingly real but set the book back a little!
The thing that struck me most was the graphic and brutal account of what happened to baby Brian on the first few pages, I found this quite harrowing and difficult to read but when the chapter moved on I realised it was quite necessary to depict the emotion of it.
As Paddy learns more about the story she realises that someone close to her was involved but she knows is not quite as it seems so she sets out to prove that the boys did not act alone on this story making many enemies along the way, some rightfully some wrongfully.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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So disappointing to receive an item that has absolutely nothing to do with the order.
"Field of Blood," a British mystery, is penned by a fast-developing young writer Denise Mina, who has been enthusiastically welcomed into the tartan noir school of British mystery... Read morePublished on 11 July 2010 by Stephanie De Pue
I enjoyed this book, not quite as much as Mina's earlier works, but enough to want to go on to read the other Paddy Meehan books. It is a good yarn with good characterisations. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2008 by seeyoujimmy
This is my first Denise Mina novel and my expectations were high when I noted the location - Glasgow - murder of a small child, an overweight would-be teenage investagative... Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2008 by Michael Watson
I enjoyed this book, but felt the story of the real Paddy Meehan was shoe-horned in and did not add anything positive to the novel. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2008 by Lovetoread