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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.


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*

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    June 4, 2019

    Harvill Secker

    384 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Hardback


    May 16, 2019

    Harvill Secker

    384 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • EBook


    May 16, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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