When Paddy Meehan, Glasgow s youngest aspiring journalist, is called to a domestic dispute at a house in a wealthy suburb in the north of the city, it seems like just another police call. The blonde bleeding from a head injury in the shadows doesn t want any help; and the well dressed man at the front door assures Paddy that everything s fine, and that she can leave. And then he slips her a crisp o50 note to keep the story out of the paper. By the next morning the woman s dead.Paddy may have found the story she s dreamed about, but she ll lose all credibility if the word gets out about her bribe. The police who attended the call are twisting the evidence for reasons of their own. Only Paddy cares enough to pursue a dark and brutal truth that could make her career - or kill her.
Denise Mina was an academic before she came to crime writing- she taught criminology while studying for a PhD. Her debut novel, Garnethill, won the John Creasy Dagger and a stand alone novel, Sanctum, followed before she began the Paddy Meehan series. In between novels she has babies, writes articles and short stories, a play (Ida Tamson) and has recently finished a run as the writer of 'Hellblazer' for DC Comics. Her first graphic novel A Sickness in the Family is due out in 2007. To fit it all in she has given up changing out of her pyjamas, eating cooked food and depilitation.