The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris
(Douglas Brodie series)

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The Hanging Shed is a must-read, and not simply because of Mr. Ferris’s distinctive style of writing, but also for the dark, subterranean, Scottish world he has stylishly created—and its disturbing insights into the dark side of the human psyche.
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A read-it-in-one-sitting, action-packed, gritty, and atmospheric crime novel set on the tough streets of 1946 Glasgow

The last time Douglas Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a dashing young warrior in a kilt. Now, the war is over, but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Hugh Donovan from the gallows. Everyone thought Hugh was dead, shot down in the war. Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed. The man who returns from the war is unrecognizable: mutilated, horribly burned. Hugh keeps his own company, only venturing out for heroin to deaden the pain of his wounds. When a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect. Hugh claims he's innocent but a mountain of evidence says otherwise. Despite the hideousness of the crime, ex-policeman Brodie feels compelled to try and help his one-time friend. Working with advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie trawls the mean streets of the Gorbals and the green hills of western Scotland in their search for the truth. What they find is an unholy alliance of troublesome priests, corrupt cops, and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang, happy to slaughter to protect their dark and dirty secrets. As time runs out for the condemned man, the murder tally of innocents starts to climb. When Sam Campbell disappears, it's the last straw for Brodie, and he reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him.

 

About Gordon Ferris

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Gordon Ferris has been an executive in the Ministry of Defense and a consultancy partner in the banking division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He is the author of the Danny McRae series and the Douglas Brodie series.
 
Published October 10, 2012 by Atlantic Books. 392 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Millar Sam Millar on Nov 23 2017

The Hanging Shed is a must-read, and not simply because of Mr. Ferris’s distinctive style of writing, but also for the dark, subterranean, Scottish world he has stylishly created—and its disturbing insights into the dark side of the human psyche.

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