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The Long Drop by @DameDeniseMina

By Pamelascott

Glasgow, 1957. It is a December night and William Watt is desperate. His family has been murdered and he needs to find out who killed them.

He arrives at a bar to meet Peter Manuel, who claims he can get hold of the gun that was used. But Watt soon realises that this infamous criminal will not give up information easily.

Inspired by true events, The Long Drop follows Watt and Manuel along back streets and into smoky pubs, and on to the courtroom where the murder trial takes place. Can Manuel really be trusted to tell the truth? And how far will Watt go to get what he wants?


[HE KNOWS TOO much to be an honest man but says he wants to help]


(Vintage Digital, 2 March 2017, ebook, 256 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveLibs)



I've not read much of Mina's fiction. I've read a couple of books but not been overly impressed. The Long Drop has changed by mind significantly and I will definitely read more of her fiction. I knew the book was based on real events but knew nothing about the murders committed by Peter Manuel before I read the book so went into it blind. I was engrossed with this short book and disappointed when it ended. I could have read a couple hundred more pages and would have been quite happy. I loved the way the book is structured, with short chapters showing different POV's of the crimes, the aftermath and the trial. This works really well and made me want to read on to get the next link in the chain. I didn't realise until almost the end that the title is based on a word used for hanging someone. This is a cracking book.

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