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on 19 August 2008
This is "The Last Breath", with a different name. I hate when retailers sell both the UK and US versions of a book, under different titles, often with different blurb and they don't tell you. Which is why I've written this! If already have "The Last Breath", you don't need this.
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VINE VOICEon 22 October 2008
Only wanted to say 'thank you' to Ariane5 for pointing out that this book is actually The Last Breath - which I have just finished reading. Could Amazon themselves point out (preferably right beside the US title) what it has been sold as in the UK? Many people who enjoy a particular author will buy their next book without reading reviews.
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on 18 May 2014
Ms Mina writes crime stories that are way more than just crime stories. These are multi-layered tales of Glasgow: the politics, the class structures, the religious influences....and when Paddy Meehan is her leading lady, she also explores the decline of traditional journalism, complex relationships and the way that women perceive themselves in society. Denise Mina writes for intelligent readers...be warned!
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on 28 January 2016
I had no idea this was book 3 in a series until now.
That might make a difference in how I feel about it. I just have not been enjoying it as much as I had hoped, or even as much as the praise on the book cover said. Now I know what might have helped contribute... being book 3.
Then again, I felt like I didn't really miss much from not reading the first two. I got a good grasp of who Paddy is and what she stands for. I just thought the plot was drawn out waaaaaaay too long. It was too beat-around-the-bush-ish for me.
I read the whole thing too, hoping it would be one of those books that really wowed me in the end. But, no. It was just a story. Nothing special for me, sorry.
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"Slip of the Knife," (2007) is third in the Paddy Meehan series of British mysteries, following 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.

"Slip," 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. But she's doing fine, has a son, Pete, and a loving roommate/friend, Dub, some family troubles. Until the police suddenly notify her that her old beau/friend/colleague/newspaper rival Terry Hewitt has been brutally murdered, in an execution style that hints of the Irish Republican Army, who have not been previously active in Scotland. Hardened crime reporter that she has been, Meehan begins investigating. At the same time, Callum Ogilvy, cousin of a former beau of Paddy's, who has been and is a close family friend, is to be released from prison. Newspapers are agog. Callum has had the misfortune of becoming internationally famous as the result of the notorious case that forms the core of "Field." Two young boys, of nine and ten, have tortured and beaten a toddler to death. (Mina has based this on a distressing well-known true case: the 1990s murder, in Liverpool, England, of little Jamie Bulgar.)

Once again, the author manages to steer her tales to reasonably happy endings, telling them with verve and skill, in the somewhat dark and violent way that "tartan noir" predicts. She also perpetuates the Lord Byron festival in which I have recently found myself living, by quoting his description of their mutual home country as a "Land of Sophistry and Mist." But this time out, she's really just giving us a mystery. And mystery lovers could do a lot worse. Any darkness is well-flavored with Mina's outstanding love for and knowledge of her city, and dry wit.

She once again sets her scene, letting us know how well the city has cleaned up:" For a century Glasgow had been a byword for deprivation and knife-wielding teenage gangs but in the past few years the thick coat of black soot had been sandblasted off the old buildings, revealing their pale yellow sandstone that glittered in the sun, or blood orange stone that clashed with blue skies. International theater companies and artists had started coming to the city, colonizing unlikely venues, old churches, schools, markets and abandoned sheds, places the locals failed to notice every day. Glaswegians no longer felt as defensive of their home, began to look around with renewed interest, like a partner in a stale marriage finding out that their spouse was a heartthrob abroad."
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on 22 May 2016
Really enjoyed this book Mina at her best.
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on 6 August 2015
All good
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