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The Long Drop: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“She’s up there with Ian Rankin among practitioners of character-driven Scottish noir.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Riveting. . . . An installment that exposes the bleakness of small-town Scotland as skillfully as it does the bustling mean streets of Glasgow.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A wee fine read.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
“A page turner that is guaranteed to satisfy mystery lovers.” (The Vancouver Sun)
“There’s a wonderful Glasgow-ness to Mina’s writing. Using various points of view, she captures a city full of hopelessness and hope, a place of deep class divides and gang crime, of loyalty and pride in belonging.” (NOW Magazine)
“Deliciously shadowy.” (Metro London)
“Atmospheric and compelling.” (Woman & Home (UK))
“Takes you right under the characters’ skin. A relentlessly tense and exciting read, every page oozes menace and its core of truth makes it all the more unsettling.” (Sunday Mirror)
“A terrific exploration of crime and oppression.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Denise Mina is the author of the novels The Red Road, Gods and Beasts, The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, The Field of Blood, Deception and the Garnethill Trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. Mina has twice received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. She lives in Glasglow.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B017RQP4G4
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 23, 2017)
- Publication date : May 23, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2091 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,831 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mina's account of the Peter Manuel story revolves around his relationship with a Glasgow businessman named William Watt. Watt was the owner of a successful chain of bakeries who aspired to high social standing in the city. That possibility was put to rest when he was imprisoned for the murder of his wife, daughter, and sister-in-law. Watt had been elsewhere the night his family was killed, but his social awkwardness and difficulty in communicating had failed to persuade the police of his innocence. He sought out Manuel in hopes of securing either a confession or evidence that would implicate a third man.
Mina tells the story of the long, drunken night Watt and Manuel spent together shortly before Christmas 1957 in short chapters, alternating with chapters based on transcripts from Manuel's trial in May 1958. Even a reader sated with tales about serial killers is likely to find Mina's account of the Peter Manuel story compelling.
Both Manuel and Watt come across as such peculiar individuals that I would have had difficulty believing the story had I not known Mina based the book on the facts.
Scottish author and playwright Denise Mina is a prolific and versatile writer. Since 1998 she has written nearly two dozen novels, plays, comics, graphic novels, and radio plays. She is best known as a crime novelist. Two of her books have been adapted to film.
As always Denise Mina's writing style is beyond exquisite. She paints such wonderfully vivid pictures of each character and their actions that I feel as if I'm in the room with them. In particular, her portrait of Peter's mother was heartbreaking. How must a mother feel, knowing that her son is evil, but loving him all the same? This writing is Mina at her finest.
Impossible to care about any of it and it's a true story.
Top reviews from other countries
Mina really does paint an excellent if not grim account of Glasgow - the sense of place as well as doom and gloom is evident. She is keen to show all sides of the city and wallows in the worst of them showing them for what they are and how the poverty and conditions of the time trapped those living there.
As ever with her works Glasgow looms large and impressively in the background ,as it was in the fifties.It's a short book and every sentence counts ,she doesn't waste any words .There is a detachment to the writing which allows all the human tragedies to become even starker .
I doubt she has ever written anything dull, and this certainly is a significant work