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Slip of the Knife | [Denise Mina]

Slip of the Knife

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.
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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.

©2008 Denise Mina; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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"Denise Mina has become a rising star in the world of crime fiction." (Salon)

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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 04-10-08
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 04-10-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Another winner"

    Although Ms. Mina is evolving to be slightly less bleak, this is still harsh stuff. I continue to follow her because she's unfailingly original, with non-stock characters, and a sly, sharp-edged humor. Her characters are not simple, and their decisions are not simple. Much of the action is unexpected, yet rings true.

    AUDIO: Although the reader has little range, you can distinguish easily between characters. She's a good actress, and has a beautiful voice.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy New Mexico 04-24-08
    Kathy New Mexico 04-24-08 Member Since 2007

    Kathy

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    "An ordinary story"

    Although I enjoyed this book,it didn't make me want more. The characters were very believable in that they seem so normal. It also made me realize the impact of instant TV, Internet news on newspapers' existence. The IRA exists as an everyday entity in the story and the protagonist deals with it as she sorts out the questions about her former boyfriend's death. The narrator did a nice job of differentiating between characters so you knew what was happening. I am glad I read it but I haven't gone immediately hunting for the next book by this author.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    jamo002 03-17-10
    jamo002 03-17-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Grrreat Storrry!"

    Note that my title is an attempt at sounding Scottish. This story not only takes place in Scotland but it is read by an actual Scot. Perhaps she has a Glasgow accent with a bit of "Cockney" English but a great and intriguing accent that grows on you as the book proceeds. Don't put this one down too soon, give it time to grow and you will love it. Interestingly, this is one of the only books written and read by a woman that I've ever really loved. It is NOT a "Chick Book" even if she is a single mother with the usual weepy moments about her son!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Rosenberg MD Englewood, NJ USA 03-08-09
    Henry Rosenberg MD Englewood, NJ USA 03-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "slip of the knife"

    Overall I enjoyed this thriller. There were parts that were long and overly drawn out and the ending was somewhat predictable. However, I enjoyed learning about Glaswegians and the conflict between the British and the Republicans.
    She is a fine writer of mystery.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 08-28-13
    Galadriel 08-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "What a great storyteller Denise Mina is!"
    What does Jane Macfarlane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very spot on emotionally, but very understated and "transparent" reader. She allows the listener to forget about the reader and hear the emotional life of the book. That's very very tricky IMHO. Very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Denise Mina always grabs my attention through her characters and their quirky emotional lives that are easy to relate to. I've never ever been disappointed by one of her books. One of the best storytellers out there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosenfelt fan Washington DC 12-02-08
    Rosenfelt fan Washington DC 12-02-08 Member Since 2008
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    "she is always good"

    You can count on Mina to be interesting, sassy and smart... while she writes a good story with fascinating characters and venues. This book is one of her best!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Cambridge, MA, United States 12-03-12
    Jean Cambridge, MA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another suspense winner from Mina"

    Although the level of coincidence strains belief, the suspense and the careful drawing of characters, along with the painstaking procedure of crime solving keep the interest high. The reader is one of the best and I'll listen to anything she reads!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry thunder bay, ON, Canada 01-02-09
    Sherry thunder bay, ON, Canada 01-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Slip of the Knife"

    An excellent story with strong characters, it kept me listening and eagerly awaiting what would come next. I was sorry when it was over - I could have used another hour or so!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-25-08
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-25-08 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "a slip in my judgement"

    This was an extremely boring book. Slow moving, dreary, unlikeable characters. A big waste of my credits.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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