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First let me say that at the outset (not being from Scotland) I'd no idea that this was a fictionalised account of a true story. As I was pulled deeper into the book I kept thinking that it had the ring of truth. A quick check with Wikipedia confirmed my suspicions, and also confirmed that 90% or more of the book is absolutely factual. I can only suppose that the portrayal of some of the character's thoughts and motivations are the result of Mina's speculation. So even though the book Is classified as a novel, it reads like a brilliantly realized true crime story. Also be warned that it requires the reader to pay very close attention, especially at the start. Denise Mina does NOT write down to her readers, so gear yourself up to think and listen well. In the long run I found that it was well worth the effort. Excellent.
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