Denise Mina wins the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize 2017 with The Long Drop


Vintage author Denise Mina has won the 2017 Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for the best Scottish crime book of the year with The Long Drop.

The McIlvanney Prize is the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival’s annual prize, which aims to provide Scottish crime writing with recognition and to raise the profile and prestige of the genre. The prize is named in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the Godfather of Tartan Noir. Denise beat shortlisted authors Val McDermid, Craig Russell, Craig Robertson and Jay Stringer to the prize.

Lee Randall, chair of the judges said: "Full of astute psychological observations, [The Long Drop] is not only about what happened in the 1950s but about storytelling itself. It shows how legends grow wings, and how memories shape-shift and mark us. For my money, this is one of the books of 2017 – in any genre."

Set in 1950s Glasgow, The Long Drop is a true crime story centred around a meeting between Peter Manuel, a murderer, and William Watt, whose family have been murdered.You can read more about the novel here.

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