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The Long Drop

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`A masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain's finest living crime novelist' Daily Telegraph

**WINNER OF THE 2017 MCILVANNEY PRIZE FOR SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR**

**CHOSEN BY THE TELEGRAPH AS ONE OF THE BEST CRIME BOOKS OF 2017**
**CHOSEN BY THE FINANCIAL TIMES AS ONE OF THE BEST CRIME BOOKS OF 2017**
**CHOSEN BY THE GUARDIAN AS ONE OF THE BEST CRIME BOOKS OF 2017**
**CHOSEN BY THE SCOTSMAN AS ONE OF THE BEST CRIME BOOKS OF 2017**

Glasgow, 1957. It is a December night and William Watt is desperate. His family has been murdered and he needs to find out who killed them.

He arrives at a bar to meet Peter Manuel, who claims he can get hold of the gun that was used. But Watt soon realises that this infamous criminal will not give up information easily.

Inspired by true events, The Long Drop follows Watt and Manuel along back streets and into smoky pubs, and on to the courtroom where the murder trial takes place. Can Manuel really be trusted to tell the truth? And how far will Watt go to get what he wants?

`Relentlessly tense and exciting'
Sunday Mirror

`The Long Drop is not just a success and a thrilling read in its own right, but a game-changer for the genre'
Scotland on Sunday

`The extraordinary story of a 1950s Glasgow murder mystery'
Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 181g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784704857
  • 9781784704858
  • 48,415

About Denise Mina

After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school at 16 before doing her law degree at Glasgow University. She subsequently studied for a PhD at Strathclyde. Her first novel, Garnethill, was published in 1998 and won the CWA John Creasey Dagger for Best First Crime Novel.

She has published 12 novels including the Garnethill series, Paddy Meehan and Alex Morrow series. She has been nominated for many prizes including the CWA Gold Dagger and has won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. In addition to novels, Denise has also written plays and graphic novels including the graphic novel adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In 2014, she was inducted into the Crime Writers' Association Hall of Fame and was a judge for the Bailey's Prize. She has also presented TV and radio programmes as well as appearing regularly in the media. She lives and works in Glasgow.
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"Not a single word is wasted in this beautifully written novel. Unsettling, evocative and staggeringly good, it is possibly Mina's finest achievement" * Daily Express * "A wonderfully atmospheric, unsettling read." -- Louise Rhind-Tutt * i * "Deeply unsettling and thought provoking in all the best ways" -- Doug Johnstone * Big Issue * "The Long Drop is an exceptional book. The pages reek of fifties Glasgow, forming an oppressive backdrop to a true crime story that fascinates and appals from start to finish. Mina's prose cuts to the bone, laying bare the prideful wickedness of men in a tale that is as often touching as it is frightening. A feast of a crime novel." * Stuart Neville * "The Long Drop is a fascinating, quietly insidious work, unsettling but absorbing" -- Marcel Berlins * The Times *
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Review Text

"The Long Drop is a fascinating, quietly insidious work, unsettling but absorbing"
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Back cover copy

'A masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist' Daily Telegraph

'Relentlessly tense and exciting' Sunday Mirror

William Watt wants answers about his family's murder. Peter Manuel has them. But Peter Manuel is a liar.

William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber.

Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt's family.

One December night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows.

Based on true events, The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel from a writer at the height of her powers.

'The Long Drop is not just a success and a thrilling read in its own right, but a game-changer for the genre' Scotland on Sunday
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Rating details

1,305 ratings
3.35 out of 5 stars
5 15% (198)
4 28% (368)
3 38% (498)
2 14% (177)
1 5% (64)
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