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Publisher's Summary

A stand-alone psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of the Alex Morrow novels that exposes the dark hearts of the guilty...and the innocent.

The "trial of the century" in 1950s Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning. Manuel's starts with the murder of William Watt's family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he's guilty. Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel's help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth.

The Long Drop is an explosive audiobook about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.

©2017 Denise Mina (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A whip-smart Scottish crime novel...you'll find yourself hooked." ( People)
"This stand-alone thriller showcases Mina at her best, capturing the nuanced psychological suspense and ethical shadows of her Alex Morrow series as well as the electric dialogue and tangible grit of her Paddy Meehan novels." ( Booklist)
"Mina's riveting sixth novel featuring Glasgow Detective Inspector Alex Morrow...(is) an installment that exposes the bleakness of small-town Scotland as skillfully as it does the bustling mean streets of Glasgow." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Denise Mina demands our attention

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First let me say that at the outset (not being from Scotland) I'd no idea that this was a fictionalised account of a true story. As I was pulled deeper into the book I kept thinking that it had the ring of truth. A quick check with Wikipedia confirmed my suspicions, and also confirmed that 90% or more of the book is absolutely factual. I can only suppose that the portrayal of some of the character's thoughts and motivations are the result of Mina's speculation. So even though the book Is classified as a novel, it reads like a brilliantly realized true crime story. Also be warned that it requires the reader to pay very close attention, especially at the start. Denise Mina does NOT write down to her readers, so gear yourself up to think and listen well. In the long run I found that it was well worth the effort. Excellent.

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gritty tale

gritty tale if the underbelly of Scottish law enforcement. another denise mina success. dark and engrossing

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I was fully half way through this audible version of this book before I became aware of one character of interest--the wife of brother Tom. The plot and the characters did not capture my interest. The author is brilliant with respect to describing details, but...I understand this is Mina's first effort, or maybe second, at so=called real crime writing. I urge her to focus on her own creative imagination and leave real time stuff alone.

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Absolutely loved it!

After finishing (and loving) the Alex Morrow series, I downloaded this, not sure what to expect after reading the reviews. It was slow going for me at first, trying to learn the characters and to understand the turns of phrases AND pay attention to the details. But It wasn’t long before I was hooked! The long, long night that Peter Manuel and William Watt spent together was hilarious! The way Mina describes the thoughts and motivations of those two is masterful. And OMG chapter 14 completely caught me off guard - could it be true? What does Denise Mina (and the rest of Scotland) know that isn’t part of the “official” record? I loved how she wrote about how the verdict rippled through Scotland. I found myself consulting Wikipedia throughout - who are Adam Smith and Dr. Johnson, for instance? Who were the Billy Boys? What’s a Teddy Boy? What happened to Dandy McKay? And then, when she describes what a Long Drop really is ... well all I can say is excellent. A great book, it will go down as one of my favorites! And now I’m so motivated to visit Glasgow!

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well written, interesting historical back drop, well read, but the story ended unfilling as mystery book goes

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boring

it wasn't bad. it was just boring. I'd pick something else if i had it to do over.