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The last in the Paddy Meehan trilogy and the book opens with Paddy's ex-boyfriend being found dead. He has left her a dodgy old country bolt-hole and some clues as to who might have killed him. Paddy feels bound to investigate as the events of the last 2 novels also come to collide in this volume. Connor, her other ex-boyfriend's cousin, jailed for killing a child, has been released and the people responsible for the murders in volume 2 are coming after Paddy. A tidy but gripping resolution to the trilogy.
Paddy Meehan is a proper journalist but still she is on the night time drive around, responding to the police radio, chasing calls for a story. Then she visits a house in Bearsden where a domestic has been called in. A woman with a bruised face turns the police away and the man at the door offers Paddy £50 to turn a blind eye. She takes it. Then the woman turns up dead. Feeling responsible and guilty, Paddy investigates the crime and tries to avoid being found out for taking the bribe. This is an excellent 2nd book in this trilogy and sets up well for the third. Gripping, realistic crime, devoid of cliches and shock value.
Paddy Meehan is a junior journalist struggling to get her big break when a child's body is found and 2 boys are arrested for the murder. It echoes events of some years ago and when Paddy realises that one of the boys arrested is her boyfriend's wee cousin, then she knows she has to help him, help solve the case, link the cases, and possibly get her first good story. Meanwhile she struggles with her uber-religious mother, her boyfriend who wants the traditional marriage and wants her to remain a 'good girl'. On the back burner though, she also has a story she is working on about a miscarriage of justice many years ago involving a man by the same name as herself. I really am enjoying Denise Mina's crime books. The trilogies feel like good, solid storytelling and they feature a lot of places in Glasgow that I recognise and know. The language used by her characters feels comfortable and homely, it's a world I know yet seen through different eyes. The trite cliches of crime books are refreshingly absent. And this book, the first of the Paddy Meehan trilogy, is no exception.