Paddy Meehan is dreading them finding out. Her family assume
that her dogsbody job at the Scottish Daily News is a stop
gap between leaving school and her big Catholic wedding to
Sean Ogivly, but Paddy lies in bed at night, tracing the
patterns in the artexed ceiling and dreams of being a journalist,
wearing smart suits and carving a place for herself among
the boozy, broken-hearted idealists she fetches and carries
Brian Wilcox's story is consuming the city. The
toddler is missing, snatched from the front garden on a busy
street when his mother nipped inside to answer the phone.
Glasgow braces itself for the revelation of a lone sexual
predator but the police are lead to a far darker conclusion
as two young boys are implicated in the crime. Everyone at
the Daily News is content to believe that the boys acted
alone. Only Paddy feels certain that there was an adult hand
in the murder and her thirst to find it deepens when she
discovers that one of the boys is a distant relation.
whether she is motivated by personal ambition or social
concern, Paddy tries to uncover the truth. She realises,
that her actions have invited a savage havoc into her own
life and could lead to a catastrophic injustice as well
as professional suicide.
Set in Glasgow in 1981, a time shaped
by betrayal and conflict, when hunger strikes, riots and
unemployment decimated the
old industrial heartlands, The Field of Blood is the first
in a new crime series tracing the life and career of Paddy
Meehan, through the momentous events of the nineteen eighties,
nineties and beyond. Infused with Minaís unique blend
of dark humour, personal insights, true crime, and the social
injustices that pervade our society, this is a novel that
will grip and challenging our perceptions of childhood innocence,
crime and punishment, right and wrong.
FIELD OF BLOOD by Denise Mina
The Field of Blood is the first in the Paddy Meehan series.
The five books in the series fit together into a biog of
Paddy as she moves through the newspaper industry during
the turbulent eighties and nineties, carving a place for
The Field of Blood is named after the field that Judas Iscariot bought with
the thirty pieces of silver he won by betraying Jesus. Paddy's whole
career and ambitions are a betrayal of her family and everyone she loves
and her independence is built on that betrayal and the dilemma all woman
feel, whether to be true to themselves or those people they love.