*Featured in The Times top ten crime novels of the decade*
‘This book is so, so good. Forensic, beautiful and gripping’ Graham Norton
‘A masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist’ Daily Telegraph
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?
‘Absorbing… this is a bravura performance, a true original’ Ian Rankin
‘Revisits a dark episode in Glasgow’s past… Mina navigates the uneasy territory between fact and fiction with consummate grace’ Val McDermid
"Not a single word is wasted in this beautifully written novel. Unsettling, evocative and staggeringly good, it is possibly Mina’s finest achievement"
"A wonderfully atmospheric, unsettling read."
"Deeply unsettling and thought provoking in all the best ways"
"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."
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There's a distinctly Scottish flavour to this month's podcast as we discuss the idea of home with Annalena McAfee, the concept of borders with Rory Stewart and walk the streets of Glasgow on the trail of a serial killer with Denise Mina