After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school at 16 before doing her law degree at Glasgow University. She subsequently studied for a PhD at Strathclyde. Her first novel, Garnethill, was published in 1998 and won the CWA John Creasey Dagger for Best First Crime Novel. She has published 12 novels including the Garnethill series, Paddy Meehan and Alex Morrow series. She has been nominated for many prizes including the CWA Gold Dagger and has won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. In addition to novels, Denise has also written plays and graphic novels including the graphic novel adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In 2014, she was inducted into the Crime Writers' Association Hall of Fame and was a judge for the Bailey's Prize. She has also presented TV and radio programmes as well as appearing regularly in the media. She lives and works in Glasgow.
"It is a beautifully written book, a masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain's finest living crime novelist" * Daily Telegraph * "The Long Drop is not just a success and a thrilling read in its own right, but a game-changer for the genre." -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * "Deeply unsettling and thought provoking in all the best ways" -- Doug Johnstone * Big Issue * "A relentlessly tense and exciting read, every page oozes menace and its core of truth makes it all the more unsettling." * Sunday Mirror * "A wonderfully atmospheric, unsettling read." -- Louise Rhind-Tutt * i * "Deliciously shadowy." -- Claire Allfree * Metro * "Dark, gritty and chilling, it is steeped in the atmosphere and mores of Glasgow in the 1950s" * Choice *