Slip Of The Knife: A Novel

Paperback | March 8, 2010

byDenise Mina

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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.

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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. ...

Denise Mina is the author ofThe 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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 1.3 inPublished:March 8, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown and Company USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316015601

ISBN - 13:9780316015608

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting story First time reading this author for me. Its an older book dated in 2007. The story sounded really intriguing, and it was good story, but I found the writing to be a little bumpy and it needed a more smooth flow to the story. There was also a side story which didn't seem to go with the balance of the book, and I thought was just sort of there for filler. The main character a journalist is very likable and competent without being over brassy. I would however try this author again, but maybe try a more current written book.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gritty and real stumbled across Denise Mina as an author years ago when I picked up her first novel Garnethill. Her gritty style captured me then and Slip of the Knife just confirms why I enjoyed it so much. Paddy Meehan is a female reporter in Glasgow, Scotland. When her ex boyfriend Terry is found shot execution style, she mourns his passing. She is stunned to find out he has left her his house and a folder full of notes - he was also a reporter. As she digs further into his death, it looks like The Troubles have a part in his passing. How far will Paddy go to find the truth - especially after her son is threatened. There is so much more to the plot than just that brief overview. The subplots involving Paddy's troubled personal life, her family and friends are just as fascinating. Meehan is a recurring character who is overweight, cantankerous, loyal and dogged. She is a wonderful protagonist simply because she is so far from a 'perfect' character. Mina's writing is gritty and real. Her descriptions and conversations leap off the page. She has a sly sense of humour, often injected when least expected. Historical fact is carefully woven into fiction. Absolutely recommended!
Date published: 2010-04-09

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"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."