Author(s): Denise Mina
William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a social climber, a fool. The local community is convinced that he has murdered his family.
Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun that was used.
Watt is desperate to prove his innocence. One December night in 1957, he meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows . . .
`The extraordinary story of a 1950s Glasgow murder mystery'
`The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years'
`Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence'
Winner of Gordon Burn Prize 2017 (UK) and Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize 2017 (UK). Short-listed for Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2017 (UK) and CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2017 (UK).
"It is a beautifully written book, a masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain's finest living crime novelist" * Daily Telegraph * "The Long Drop is not just a success and a thrilling read in its own right, but a game-changer for the genre." -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * "Deeply unsettling and thought provoking in all the best ways" -- Doug Johnstone * Big Issue * "A relentlessly tense and exciting read, every page oozes menace and its core of truth makes it all the more unsettling." * Sunday Mirror * "A wonderfully atmospheric, unsettling read." -- Louise Rhind-Tutt * i *
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.