Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder--as a reporter she lives at crime scenes--but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help--she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes. Drawn into a maze of secrets and lies, Paddy begins making connections to Terry's murder that no one else has seen, and soon finds herself trapped in the most important--and dangerous--story of her career.
Denise Mina was born in Glasgow, Scotland. At twenty one, she passed exams, got in to study Law at Glasgow University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University, teaching criminology and criminal law in the mean time.
Misusing her grant she stayed at home and wrote a novel, 'Garnethill' when she was supposed to be studying instead.
'Garnethill' won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for the best first crime novel and was the start of a trilogy completed by 'Exile' and 'Resolution'.
A fourth novel followed, a stand alone, named 'Sanctum' in the UK and 'Deception' in the US.
In 2005, 'The Field of Blood' was published, the first of a series of five books following the career and life of journalist Paddy Meehan.
She also writes comics, graphic novels short stories and film adaptions.
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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