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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191121523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911215233
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"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)

"Deliciously shadowy." (Claire Allfree Metro)

"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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William Watt wants answers about his family's murder. Peter Manuel has them. But Peter Manuel is a liar.
A thrilling literary suspense novel from the multi-award-winning crime writer, Denise Mina

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I will start by saying that I very much enjoyed this novel. I was an 18-year-old bank apprentice in Gourock at the time, and can remember how the papers were full of the excitement of Manuel's trial. Mina deftly blends fact and fiction into a totally absorbing tale of a real series of crimes which really were"stranger than fiction". This novel's publication is also timely, coming shortly after the acclaimed television series on Manuel.
That being said, Denise Mina has a habit of putting glaring errors and anomalies into her novels, which she must know are wrong, and which sit badly with her reputation as a great crime writer. Certainly those in this novel are not as bad as some in previous works. In one, she had characters able to look out and see Largs from Helensburgh. In another, a character on the Cumbrae ferry sees American ships anchored off Dunoon. In fact, the US Navy ships were anchored round the corner in the Holy Loch, and completely invisible from Cumbrae. Mina is a Clydesider hersaelf, so she must know that this is wrong.
The anomalies in The Long Drop are more minor (indeed one may wonder whether they were attributable to some editor trying to tailor the book for the American market) but I did find them rather irritating and they detracted from my enjoyment of the book.I give some examples : Professor Allison is described as the "medical examiner". This a term used in the United States of America. In Scotland the professor is a pathologist. In Scottish pubs, when ordering whisky, you do not need to stipulate "Scotch". It will be assumed that Scotch whisky is what is wanted unless otherwise stated. Indeed, I would be surprised if many ordinary pubs in the 1950s stocked anything else.
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An extremely well written, and well researched book. I have read some other accounts of the life of Peter Manuel but this, in my opinion, is in a league by itself. Highly recommend it.
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A mixture of fascinating fact and equally fascinating fiction. I can remember the Manuel murders and trial - I was only around ten but it has stuck permanently in my mind - and Ms Mina has captured the events brilliantly.
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Fantastic! The book seems struggles with an identity crisis though; sometimes telling a story, more often presenting fact. I really enjoyed it though. Story brought close to home due to connections to both Cairnbaan (where Watt stayed the night his family were murdered) and Jedburgh; where Mr Smart originally hailed from. Recommend!
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enjoyed it
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Excellent quality and service
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Not a word is wasted in this latest offering from the glorious mind of Denise Mina. A true story, mixed with enlightening phrases and rhythms which added to the delight of sliding to the next page.
You know the way you want to get swiftly to the next page but you're reluctant to leave the pleasure of the present space? That.
It was the story of the women, their emotions, feelings and twisted loyalties which exposed the cruel dark underworld inhabited by the men. The descriptions of the emotional betrayal and lack of any remorse shown by Manuel to his mother add such colour to this already compelling narrative.
It's so much more than two guys on a pub crawl sharing confessions. Oh, so much more.
A great story of a blackened Glasgow brought to life by one of its finest writers.
It has to be Denise Mina's finest achievement as author - so far.
Can't wait for her next challenging read. Thank you.

P.S. I will be reading Long Drop again, soon.
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Story line difficult to follow it had no set pattern only read half of book then gave up.
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