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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Mina Narrator: David Monteath Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Morrow Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781478985860
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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 is 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 novel about guilt, innocence, and the power of a good story to hide the difference.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator David Monteath expertly heightens and diminishes his Scottish accent to differentiate the characters of Denise Mina’s novel based on the true story of murderer Peter Manual, who terrorized Glasgow in the 1950s. Monteath has an easy voice to listen to…Listeners who pay close attention will be rewarded by the quality of the writing.”


  • “With one plot line continually hopscotching over the other, Mina manages to keep two narratives going at once: the farcical account of Watt and Manuel’s binge and the sober courtroom drama of dueling life-or-death stories when Manuel faces a jury…This one feels painfully real.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Takes readers on a suspenseful tour into the past, through psyches and situations far grimmer than even those sooty Glasgow streets…[Mina] takes readers into the mind of a psychopath, as well as into the shadow lands where the grieving families of the victims find themselves exiled.”

    Washington Post

  • “A terrific exploration of crime and oppression.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An intricate and suspenseful unveiling of a murderer’s mind.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Outstanding…With knifelike precision, Mina flicks between the bizarre twelve hours Watt and Manuel spend together getting drunk in Glasgow bars and Manuel’s later trial.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] thriller…that you won’t want to put down.”


  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books That We Loved
  • BookPage Top Pick for Private Eye July
  • Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavor Historical Dagger
  • Bloody Scotland Crime Novel of the Year Winner
  • A 2017 Washington Post Top 10 Book in Thrillers and Mysteries
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About the Author
Author Denise Mina

Denise Mina is the author of numerous novels, including The Long Drop, which won the 2017 Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Best Crime Book, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer.

About the Narrator

David Monteath is a voice talent and audiobook narrator. He was born in Glasgow and grew up in Milngavie and in the Highlands before returning to Glasgow. He appeared in various television productions during his teens. He trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and spent many years with the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. He is now best known as a voice actor and owns his own recording studio. He has voiced many thousand television and radio commercials as well as corporate narrations.