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Slip of the Knife: A Novel


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Denise Mina is the author of The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.


Set in 1990, Mina's superb third thriller to feature Paddy Meehan (after 2006's Edgar-finalist The Dead Hour) finds the Glaswegian journalist embroiled in the most politically charged and personal story of her career. When the corpse of Meehan's ex-lover, journalist Terry Hewitt, turns up in the countryside near Port Glasgow, everything points to an IRA execution. After Meehan discovers that Terry willed her his notes and a house in the country, she decides to investigate his murder. Distracted by the imminent parole of Callum Ogilvy-the young cousin of her ex-fiance convicted for his role in a child's murder in Field of Blood (2005)-Meehan soon realizes that everyone from the Scottish police to the IRA is intent on keeping the motive for Terry's death a secret. When Terry's colleague is killed and her own young son is threatened, Meehan knows she must uncover the men responsible before she becomes their next victim. This gripping read, with its intricate plotting and realistic regional dialogue, will leave even the most astute reader guessing until the end. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Denise Mina has made Paddy smart, feisty, hot-blooded, and guilt-stricken, a riveting creature of her time and place.... Paddy is immensely likeable....Like the star of any foolproof crime franchise, she has become an old friend "
--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Watching Paddy careen around downtown Glasgow in too-tight skirts, dress down sinister thugs in pubs, and enjoy a more robust love life than tubby women in literature are usually permitted is entertainment enough."--Entertainment Weekly
"What makes this book so compelling [is] the way Mina brings Paddy and her world to life, building classic mystery tension without sacrificing personal detail. In all her insecurity, Paddy is achingly real...and Mina's note-perfect writing captures Paddy's voice dead-on."--Boston Globe

Mina's third Paddy Meehan mystery takes place in 1990, nearly a decade after the events of The Dead Hour. In it, Paddy, now a single mom and well-known newspaper columnist, plunges into a search for answers when an old friend is murdered. Mina's sharp prose creates emotional intensity and brings Glasgow to life. While series fans may be disconcerted by the introduction of a new reader (Heather O'Neill voiced the earlier books), Jane MacFarland's soft Glaswegian accent and smooth performance do much to enhance this well-crafted novel. Highly recommended for all fiction collections. [Discs indexed inaudibly at the start of each chapter and at regular intervals throughout; audio clip available through]--Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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