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  • Published: 19 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473561779
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448


The award-winning debut crime novel by the author of The Long Drop, now in a new edition with an introduction by Val McDermid

‘The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years’ Ian Rankin


When psychiatric patient Maureen O’Donnell finds her boyfriend dead in her living room, she is thrown into a difficult situation. Glasgow police view her as both a suspect and an unstable witness – and even her mother is convinced of her involvement.

Feeling betrayed by friends and family, Maureen begins to doubt her own version of events. Panic-stricken, she sets out in pursuit of the truth and soon picks up a horrifying trail of deception and suppressed scandal. Then a second body is discovered. Maureen realises that unless she gets to the killer first, her life is in danger…

‘One of the most original voices in crime fiction’ Daily Mail
With an introduction by VAL McDERMID

  • Pub date: 19 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473561779
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

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 Garnethill

“Thought-provoking and sparkily written... A perceptive, surprisingly upbeat read”

Val McDermid

“Funny, raw, compassionate, often brutal, Garnethill turns a wry humour on the shortcomings of its very human characters”


“Splendidly written... magnificently readable”

The Times

“One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years”

Ian Rankin

“Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence”

Mark Billingham

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