The Long Drop (Paperback)
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Published: 22/02/2018
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Winner of the Gordon Burn Prize 2017/18

Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

Winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year

Chosen by the Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian and 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?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784704858
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


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Angry, vital and unputdownable, The Long Drop’s themes of self-deception resonate long after the final page. This is crime fiction at its very best - Joseph Knox, author of Sirens

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

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“It is an acutely observed portrait of Glasgow and its people, borne from thought, excellent writing and first-rate research. It is remarkable and should undoubtedly be an award winner.”

Shocking, but perfect. This is an astounding piece of work. I grew up in Glasgow hearing stories of Peter Manuel and lived for a time in Burnside where one set of his family murders took place. His name is legend... More

Hardback edition
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“Glasgow and Peter Manuel”

Denise Mina is a phenomenal writer. She can take a subject as unpleasant as Peter Manuel’s killings and turn it into a compulsive read. She just hooks you in and convinces you that you must read the next page.... More

Hardback edition
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“Remarkable and True story of Glasgow Trial”

The long Drop is a story about true events which happened in Glasgow in the second half of the 1950's. It's the story of the trial of Peter Manual, a serial killer who was convicted and hanged in... More

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