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  • Published: 4 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781911215264
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $37.00


The start of a brilliant new series from an exceptional crime writer.

From 'the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist' (Daily Telegraph), Conviction stars a strong female protagonist who is obsessed by true crime podcasts and decides, one day, to investigate one of the unsolved crimes herself.

The morning starts as any other for Anna McDonald. But the moment she opens the front door to her best friend, everything changes. Anna turns to see her husband standing at the top of the stairs, suitcase in hand. They’re leaving, together. And they’re taking Anna’s two daughters with them.

With her safe, predictable world suddenly shattered, Anna tries to drown out the pain of their deceit by listening to a true crime podcast. There’s a sunken yacht, a multiple murder and a hint of power and corruption. But when Anna hears the name of one of the victims, she realises that this is a murder she can’t ignore. Her past, so carefully hidden until now, will no longer stay silent.

To escape the trauma of her loss, Anna throws herself into investigating the case in the podcast. Little does she know that her past and present lives are about to collide, and throw everything she has worked so hard to achieve into freefall.

Conviction is the compelling and unique new thriller from multiple award-winner and author of THE LONG DROP, Denise Mina.

  • Pub date: 4 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781911215264
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Denise Mina

Denise Mina is the author of the Garnethill trilogy, the Paddy Meehan series and the Alex Morrow series. She has won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice and was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2014. The Long Drop, her latest novel, won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Gordon Burn Prize. Denise has also written plays and graphic novels, and presented television and radio programmes. She lives and works in Glasgow.

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Praise for Conviction

“Denise Mina is crime writing royalty”

Val McDermid

“Denise Mina brilliantly manages to be funny, heart-wrenching, gut-punching and addictive all at once: a fabulous, captivating novel”

Nicci French

“Not a single word is wasted in this beautifully written novel. Unsettling, evocative and staggeringly good, it is possibly Mina’s finest achievement”

Daily Express

“A wonderfully atmospheric, unsettling read.”

Louise Rhind-Tutt

“The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years”

Ian Rankin

“Deeply unsettling and thought provoking in all the best ways”

Doug Johnstone, Big Issue

“A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride across Europe. If you loved Killing Eve, you'll devour Conviction”

Erin Kelly

“The Long Drop is an exceptional book. The pages reek of fifties Glasgow, forming an oppressive backdrop to a true crime story that fascinates and appals from start to finish. Mina’s prose cuts to the bone, laying bare the prideful wickedness of men in a tale that is as often touching as it is frightening. A feast of a crime novel.”

Stuart Neville

“The Long Drop is a fascinating, quietly insidious work, unsettling but absorbing”

Marcel Berlins, The Times

“It is a beautifully written book, a masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist”

Daily Telegraph

“Gripping, intricate and wonderfully twisty . . . Superb”

Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

“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

“A relentlessly tense and exciting read, every page oozes menace and its core of truth makes it all the more unsettling.”

Sunday Mirror

“Such a delight: playful, fast-paced, and entirely compulsive”

Ann Cleeves

“Deliciously shadowy.”

Claire Allfree, Metro

“One of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past twenty years . . . Conviction is her finest work to date: a dark star of a novel, blazingly intese, up-to-the-minute fresh, and exciting as all hell”

A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

“Dark, gritty and chilling, it is steeped in the atmosphere and mores of Glasgow in the 1950s”


“Endlessly surprising... This incredible novel...seems to have been written in a white-hot rage.... Mina has always written with a head full of ideas and a mouth full of tough talk. Here, she’s finally got a story big enough to hold it all together.”

New York Times

“[An] extraordinary story of a 1950s Glasgow murder mystery.”

Guardian, 2017 Books of the Year

“The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel”

Laura James, AGA Magazine

“With sophisticated, ingenious plotting, this is a real read-in-one-go book. If you haven’t yet discovered Denise Mina, you’re in for a treat!”

Good Housekeeping

“I’ve been a fan of Ms Mina for a while, but The Long Drop has to be my favourite. The writing is beautiful and more than once I found myself having to pause, just to take in the sheer elegance of the prose. It’s an absolute gem of a book.”

Abir Mukherjee

“Conviction is one of those rare and perfect titles, meaning both a belief profoundly held and to have been found guilty. The genius of the novel is that it reiterates that old phrase that a wise man once said – “the truth will set you free” – and it does so via fiction”

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

“[O]ne of crime fiction’s most acute observers of contemporary society.”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express, 2017 Books of the Year

“A wonderfully punchy evocation of a legendary murder mystery, packed with the authentic sights, sounds and intrigues of Glasgow in the late Fifties.”

Robert Goddard

“[I] was gripped, impressed by her insight into the mind of a psychopath… A grim novel, but a very good one.”

Allan Massie, Yorkshire Post, 2017 Books of the Year

“Grimly hilarious, emotional and addictive, it ends with a barmy didn’t-see-that-coming denouement”

UK Press Syndication

“Mina's novels are engrossing, deeply rooted in reality and astutely perceptive about human nature”

Daily Express

“A thoroughly modern tale of sexual and financial predation and social media… compelling”

Laura Wilson, Guardian

“Powerful, passionate and compelling. Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence”

Mark Billingham

“Why do Scottish writers dominate British crime fiction? With Denise Mina at least, the answer is pure class”

Daily Telegraph

“Remarkable… It often seems as if Mina has freed herself from most of the strictures of the thriller format in order to explore altogether more literary territory. It is a pleasure to accompany her. The writing is frequently arresting”

James O'Brien, Times Literary Supplement

“Mina has a sharp satirical eye for contemporary foibles… a mischievous sense of fun exists alongside a capacity to generate genuine edge-of-your-seat thrills and some thought-provoking moments. You won’t have more fun with a book this year”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

“Charismatic, grimy masterpiece”

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

“It is clear from the very start of Denise Mina’s Conviction quite how much fun she – and her readers – are about to have… Mina is such a classy writer and Anna is a darkly brilliant creation”

Alison Flood, Observer

“Bleak and atmospheric”

Harriet Lane, Observer

“Mina…pulls it off with her customary flair and a final flourish”

Alastair Mabbott, Herald

“A wildly entertaining one-off”

John Williams, Mail on Sunday

“A gripping plot and compelling characters”

Stephen McGinty, Sunday Times

“Darkly comic with an intricate plot, it’s a thrilling adventure with a really rather fabulous heroine”

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

“[Conviction] is almost impossible to put down”

Sarah Hughes

“A whip-smart and galloping read”

Susan Swarbrick, Herald, *Summer Reads of 2019*

“The funniest crime novel of the year sees the unstoppable Mina tackling #MeToo with an acerbic eye”

Sarah Hughes, i, *Summer reads of 2019*

“An original idea carried out well. Mina’s storytelling is always vivid and exciting, and Anna is a complex, well-rounded figure”

Jeff Noon, Spectator

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