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By the Book: Denise Mina

THE SCOTTISH CRIME WRITER, WHOSE NEW BOOK IS “CONVICTION,” IS DRAWN TO “FLAWED CHARACTERS ASKING BIG QUESTIONS AND TAKING ACTION. ... THAT SAID, I WILL READ, LITERALLY, ANYTHING.”

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper,” by Hallie Rubenhold; Peter Mansfield’s “A History of the Middle East”; “The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: An Autohagiography,” by Aleister Crowley; Michael Ondaatje’s “The Collected Works of Billy the Kid”; Paul Johnson’s “A History of the Jews”; “The Ghosts of K2,” by Mick Conefrey.

Q: Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).

A: In my office armchair during winter, next to the fire, with a pint of strong tea, nicotine substitutes and a packet of biscuits.

The chair is red pleather, cracked on the seat and mended with silver gaffer tape. It is the perfect shape for book-slouching. The room faces north so that during the day a soft, gray light

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