The Long Drop
William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber.
Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt’s family.
One December night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows.
Based on true events, The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel from a writer at the height of her powers
|I am a big fan of Denise’s writing and this book did not disappoint . this book is a read that grips the reader from the start. It blends fact with fiction.
It could be classed as a crime novel, true crime because it concerns actual people and also historical fiction as it is set 60 years ago.
William Smart wants to know who killed his family?
Peter Manuel says he knows who did it. But he’s a liar!
I was 8 years old when the events in this book transpired and Denise conjured the Glasgow of my childhood admirably.
William Smart is a successful business man, a social climber with ideas above his station.
Peter Manuel is a Billy Liar figure, living a dream world of fanciful happenings and events, most of which are in his imagination. He is also a petty thief and rapist.
One thing is true is that William and Peter did meet in Glasgow and spent 11 hours drinking.
This was not rare as Glasgow at that time was full of clubs, down trodden pubs and illegal drinking dens.
The fictitious conservation and events that Denise conjures for this 11 hour has the reader wondering, Did it, or could it have happened?
Glasgow at that that time was a bleak gap toothed city recovering from the Blitz and full of seedy characters, two of which are William and Peter.
It was also a city populated by men, run by men for men.
A superb read. Worthy of five stars. A urge you all to grab a copy and dive in.
My thoughts are entirely my own.