- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Long Drop Hardcover – 2 Mar 2017
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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)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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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. Read morePublished 11 days ago by David Kenvyn
This is the first book I've read by Denise Mina, but it won't be the last! I found this novel instantly exciting and by the time I got to 30% I was hooked and couldn't put it down,... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Zuky the BookBum
Glasgow, 1950s. Three men meet in bar. One leaves. The remaining two men talk and drink until the early hours. They are unlikely drinking companions. A businessman, and a criminal. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sandradan1
The Long Drop is based on the true crime story about an American born Scottish serial killer called Peter Manuel and the man accused of three of his crimes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl M-M
This is a chilling read set against a dark vision of 1950s Glasgow, a place imbued with an ultra-hard macho culture where it's legal for a man to rape his wife and where softer... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roman Clodia
Denise Mina is an excellent writer of crime fiction. This is a move into Real Crime in a semi-fictionalised form, and she does this very well, too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sid Nuncius
As a Glaswegian I can always count on Mina to do the business of giving life to that great city in her novels. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thetruthshallsetyefree