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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784704865
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99



The start of a brilliant new series from an exceptional, award-winning crime writer.



'Denise Mina is crime-writing royalty' Ian Rankin
'Such a delight: playful, fast-paced, and entirely compulsive' Ann Cleeves

It's just a normal morning when Anna's husband announces that he's leaving her for her best friend and taking their two daughters with him.

With her safe, comfortable world shattered, Anna distracts herself with someone else's story: a true-crime podcast. That is until she recognises the name of one of the victims and becomes convinced that only she knows what really happened.

With nothing left to lose, she throws herself into investigating the case. But little does she know, Anna's past and present lives are about to collide, sending everything she has worked so hard to achieve into freefall.


'If you loved Killing Eve, you'll devour Conviction' Erin Kelly
'A dark star of a novel, blazingly intense, up-to-the-minute fresh, and exciting as all hell' A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784704865
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

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 won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017 as well as the Gordon Burn Prize and was named by The Times as one of the top ten crime novels of the decade. Conviction was the co-winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019 and was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. 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

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

Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

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

Nicci French

Gripping, intricate and wonderfully twisty . . . Superb

Will Dean, author of <i>Dark Pines</i>

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 intense, up-to-the-minute fresh, and exciting as all hell

A. J. Finn, author of <i>The Woman in the Window</i>

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

Ann Cleeves

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

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

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

UK Press Syndication

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

Laura Wilson, Guardian

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

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

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*

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

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

This highly original, ballsy thriller is like nothing you have read – or Denise Mina has written – before

Mark Sanderson, The Times, *Books of the Year*

Denise Mina is always brilliant, but Conviction is I think her best yet – joyously dark, comic, loads of fun

Alison Flood, Observer, *Books of the Year*

Denise Mina is the cream of the crop, an author who pushes the crime novel in new and exciting directions

Ian Rankin

A pitch-perfect comic thriller

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express, *Books of the Year*

You won't be able to put Conviction down

Reese Witherspoon

Denise Mina gets to the heart of what crime really is. You feel like you are right there, in all the dark nooks and crannies that her characters inhabit

Sunday Times and International Bestselling Author, Karin Slaughter

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

Daily Express

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

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’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

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

[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

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

Guardian, 2017 Books of the Year

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

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express, 2017 Books of the Year

A wonderfully atmospheric, unsettling read.

Louise Rhind-Tutt

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

Sunday Mirror

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

Deliciously shadowy.

Claire Allfree, Metro

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

Daily Telegraph

Deeply unsettling and thought provoking in all the best ways

Doug Johnstone, Big Issue

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

Marcel Berlins, The Times

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

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

Laura James, AGA Magazine

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


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

Charismatic, grimy masterpiece

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Bleak and atmospheric

Harriet Lane, Observer

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Conviction book club notes

Treat your reading group to a suspenseful thrill ride like no other.