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The Long Drop
The Long Drop: A Novel | Denise Mina
A standalone psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of the Alex Morrow novels that exposes the dark hearts of the guilty...and the innocent. In 1950's Glasgow, a household of women were found slaughtered in their beds. The father, William Watt, had a cast iron alibi but police were convinced he was guilty. Determined to clear his name, Watt let it be known that he would pay for information. Step forward career criminal Peter Manuel, with compelling details only the murderer could know. Watt agreed to meet him. They spent twelve hours together, driving and drinking in Glasgow pubs and clubs. No one knows what happened that night. The next time they met was in the High Court where Peter Manuel was defending himself against the murder charges. He called Watt as a witness and quizzed him about their long, shady night together. A fictionalized imagining of a real life case, THE LONG DROP is an explosive novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.
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Abby2
Long Drop | Denise Mina
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Mina can really write. I felt I had met each character in this dark creepy story. The ending was rather satisfying.

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andrew61
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#LitsyAtoZ M
Denise Mina brings to life the true story of a notorious serial killer in 1950's Glasgow by imagining that the husband/father of victims spends a night drinking with peter Manuel the killer. Captures the city,time, & criminals with skill and the highlight is the story of the trial. I worried abt how she played with possible motives and the picture of watt the bereaved husband but overall an interesting and absorbing read.

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mlzbthc

“Mr. Cook knows how men talk about girls. He knows what might have happened to his Isabel.”

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Vikkiha
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I loved this! It felt like Mina was sitting here chatting; telling the story; sharing her research; offering her opinion and asking questions (why did no one ask about this?). These are true crimes and she doesn‘t sensationalize.

I have the hardback and was constantly distracted by the pre-M8 map of Glasgow on the inside front cover - there is something very fascinating about old maps of familiar places.

rabbitprincess I don't think my library copy had that map in it! It's beautiful ♥️ 1y
Vikkiha @rabbitprincess (I‘m still getting the hang of the app) this map definitely made my reading longer 🤓 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really liked the tone of this book. Part trial and part the night of, this book releases information in a super interesting way.

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HardcoverHearts
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1st full day of convalescence in the new cast. If all goes according to plan, I may only have to wear this for 4-6 weeks. But 50 out of 60 mins each hour of the day needs to be in recline with my feet above my heart. Luckily, I'm a reader and this is not an unfamiliar position for me. 😂

Emiller Ouch! Hope you heal quickly! 2y
Caterina I hope you heal quickly and get lots of reading done in the meantime! 2y
Lizpixie As a fellow invalid, I commiserate with your pain😔but rejoice in your increased reading time🎉 2y
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HardcoverHearts
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When I am struggling to find my pace with a book, I will sometimes weave in a sure thing to get me going again so I don't hit a reading slump. This book is serving that purpose! I adore Denise Mona's writing and her characters. She is so good at plotting her books. It's hard not to get pulled in.

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Abailliekaras
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William Watt, whose wife & daughters were murdered, goes on a pub crawl through Glasgow with Peter Manuel, serial liar & the suspected killer. The story flits between that night & the murder trial. The courtroom scenes perfectly capture the dynamics of a trial w wonderful details - eg Watt's lawyer struggling to make him a likeable witness. Taut, economical language, intelligent. Lacked suspense: the crime was past & I didn't care who was guilty.

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Abailliekaras
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Excited to start The Long Drop after hearing great things. Love the writing so far.

"He has been up half the night playing narrative chess."

andrew61 I can't wait to read this ,did you hear her on 'two writers.....'. I really like her writing. 2y
Abailliekaras @andrew61 yes that's where I heard about it! It's good so far. 2y
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candority
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This book was well-written, but I was so bored 😴P.S. Sorry for the low quality photo. It's too dark to take a picture of my copy, and all the pictures of this edition online are pixelated!

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rabbitprincess
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Denise Mina always writes with assured excellence. This retelling and partial reimagining of the story of Peter Manuel, Glasgow's most notorious serial killer, moves briskly, with plenty of well-chosen details to bring the persons involved to life. 4⭐️

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rabbitprincess
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"How many men have you hanged, Harry? Give us a rough estimate."

Peter Manuel was executed by hangman Harry Allen, the namesake of Harry Wade in the play "Hangmen", by Martin McDonagh. Photo is of David Morrissey as Harry.

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rabbitprincess
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Nearly laughed out loud on the bus at the refusal to present this argument in court "because it is stupid" ?

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rabbitprincess
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The nickname explained.

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Kimlayman7
Mehso-so

True crime story set in 1950's Glasgow. Got the ebook from NetGalley. Loved the writing, didn't love the story or the people it portrayed. A very dark, bleak book.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

So, this was nothing like other Denise Mina books I've read. Not really a mystery at all. I still like her writing and her commentary about misogyny but this lacks pace in a big way. Not at all what I was expecting.

BethFishReads ☹️ 2y
rabbitprincess Good to know that it is not like the other books. Hoping it will still be interesting. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Started this audiobook today. Learned that the author's last name is pronounced MY-nah (rather than Mean-ah).

#themoreyouknow💫

rabbitprincess Really looking forward to this one! I had a Paddy Meehan and Alex Morrow binge over the past year or so 😄 (for me, bingeing is reading more than one book by an author in a year) 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Sweeeeeet! Just in on audio from my most awesome local library!

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RowReads1

Denise Mina: Telling the true crime stories of gritty Glasgow. http://lithub.com/denise-mina-telling-the-true-crime-stories-of-gritty-glasgow/

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Liberty
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Morning reading. ☠️⚰️🖤

MCYmermaid Excellent emoji use! 2y
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Matilda
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Afternoon plans. #birdseyeview

Audrey Once again, so jealous. At least I'll be the first library hold when it is released. 2y
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readordierachel
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Look what was waiting for me in the mail. New books sure are pretty.

Megabooks Great pic! 3y
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susandunbar
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I cannot wait to read this book. Have read the first chapter and I just want more.

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
2y
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hattiek
Long Drop | Denise Mina
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Procrasti-reading continues with a tiny bit of my fave Denise Mina ❤️💛💚💙💜

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