The Crime Writers' Association

Historical 2017

Denise Mina
The Long Drop
shortlisted
Harvill Secker

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This intriguing mix of true crime and fiction uses real historical detail and court records, combined with the author’s imagination to recreate a wintry night in Glasgow in December 1957 when businessman William Watt was seen meeting notorious criminal Peter Manuel and spending a night drinking with him in bars and clubs across the city. Manuel, the focus of ITV drama In Plain Sight last December, was later convicted of killing Watt’s family. By filling in the gaps in the night they met, Mina reveals shocking details about both men and what they could have discussed.