Field of Blood
These days, crime fiction fans can be neatly divided into two phyla: those who adore the Northern European boom and those who don’t. So go ahead and label this reviewer an American Grinch — to these eyes, tartan noirs and Scandinavian whiteouts just haven’t lived up to the hype. But even the biggest sourpuss can recognize that there’s talent over there — and Denise Mina is one who can write. Field of Blood, her first in a new series, follows plump neophyte journalist Paddy Meehan as she digs into the murder of a young boy. And it shows real promise. The character development is lovely and the eye for Glaswegian detail wonderful — but slow plotting and oh-so-precious wee-twee language keep her from winning an enthusiastic Stateside convert.