The Long Drop
by Denise Mina
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Pub Date 02 Mar 2017 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2017
Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Harvill Secker
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?
Winner of the 2017 Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for the best Scottish crime book of the year.
'The extraordinary story of a 1950s Glasgow murder mystery’ Guardian
'Mina's novels are engrossing, deeply rooted in reality and astutely perceptive about human nature’ Daily Express
'Powerful, passionate and compelling. Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence’ Mark Billingham
'The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years’ Ian Rankin
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Average rating from 223 members
Part true crime, part fiction, The Long Drop is a compelling look at a series of brutally shocking crimes in late 1950's Glasgow. This may not sound like the ideal page turner I know, but it really is addictive reading!
Businessman William Watt's wife, daughter and sister-in-law have been murdered. The police immediately treated William as their chief suspect and arrested him, even though he was elsewhere when the murders took place. His lawyer secured his release and then received word that career criminal and all round nasty thug Peter Manuel had information about the real perpetrator. Intending to clear his name, Watt met with Manuel and the story follows them on that long night, switching to the present with chapters on the courtroom trial now taking place.
Mina does a fantastic job of recreating the dark and seedy atmosphere surrounding the criminal underbelly of Glasgow at that time. The courtroom proceedings, sometimes the least enjoyable part of crime dramas, are vividly bought to life here, although I feel bad saying they were enjoyable given the nature of the trial, they actually were! The twist in the story was excellent, it crept up on me and left me gaping open mouthed. If you enjoy an authentic feeling crime drama then this is certainly the book for you!