I liked this book, Scottish noir based on real incidents, but it took real effort for me to piece together the pieces. By the end, it was (for the most part) clear what had happened in 1950s Glasgow, but the first one hundred pages required patience and faith in Ms. Mina...
Who are Watt and Manuel? What are they playing at? Why is everyone so scared of Dandy McKay? And what is “the long drop,” anyway? Even the meaning of the title is kept from readers till the very end.
What kept me going was Mina’s uncanny recreation of the ethos of crime-ridden streets, the seedy pubs, the descriptions of the drunken stupors and psyches driving the Glaswegian crews. The dynamic between Watt and Mull is captured particularly well; but again, there is a lot of murkiness in this noir (ha hah), and all is not revealed until very late in the game.
So maybe this is one of those books you have to read a couple times, to fully appreciate its meaning and craft.
This is not part of any of the author's previous series. Instead it's a literary retelling of the trial of real life serial killer Peter Manuel in 1958 Glasgow.
The author sticks closely to the facts while adding her own twist on some of the unanswered questions. It's in these grey areas that she takes fictional license to tell a story that's creepy & richly atmospheric. Not a typical thriller, most of the violence is alluded to after the fact & it's a story that is heavy on dialogue.
There's a large cast but we spend most of our time with Watt & Manuel as they make the rounds of the city's bars over the course of one night. Both were suspects after Watt's family was slaughtered. Mina does an excellent job of slowly peeling back the layers of these 2 complex characters & comes up with an interesting theory on why Watt's family was killed.
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