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Dead Hour, The

Mina, Denise

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ISBN 10: 0593051424 / ISBN 13: 9780593051429
Published by Bantam Press, London, United Kingdom, 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Dead Hour, The

Publisher: Bantam Press, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First UK edition/First Printing

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The second novel in the wonderful Paddy Meehan series by Scotland’s princess of crime.

Paddy Meehan, Glasgow’s aspiring journalist is back on the beat, trawling the streets of Glasgow for a story — something to prove she can write; that she’s better at her job than all her male colleagues; anything that will get her off the terrible night shift that is slowly turning her brains to mush. And then she meets the woman with the poodle perm at the door of a wealthy suburb in the north of the city. It’s just a domestic dispute, Paddy’s told, although her instincts are alerted when she’s slipped a £50 note to keep the story out of the papers. By the next morning the woman is dead; she’s been tortured, beaten, and left to die. Paddy has found her story, but she’s still got the £50; and with her father and brothers unemployed, and her upright Roman Catholic family perilously short of money, this could solve a lot of problems.

A day later, Paddy sees a body being pulled from the river. Another death, she’s told; it’s nothing to do with you; go home. But when Paddy talks to the wife of the dead man, she finds that the relationship between him and the murdered woman was closer than the police had imagined. Why have these people died? What were they trying to hide? And could this be the break Paddy’s been waiting for? What follows is a deeply personal journey into the dark heart of a brutal economic recession, and the brutal bud of the drugs trade in the 1980s.

About the Author:

Denise Mina was born in 1966 in Glasgow. She worked as an auxiliary nurse in a geriatric and terminal care nursing home before studying law at Glasgow University. She has written comedies for BBC Scotland and has published two humorous books. As an academic researcher, Denise Mina has written extensively on the medicalization of deviant women, and until recently she taught Criminology and Criminal Law. She lives in Glasgow where she now writes full time. She won the John Creasey Award for best first crime novel in 1998 for Garnethill. She is the author of Exile, Resolution and Sanctum.

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