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Gordon Ferris is an ex-techy in the Ministry of Defence and an ex-partner in one of the Big Four accountancy firms. Maybe that's where he gets his interest in spies and crooks. He writes about the important things in life: conflicted heroes and headstrong women embroiled in tangled tales of life, love and death. He is the author of the No. 1 bestselling eBook The Hanging Shed in the Brodie series as well as Truth Dare Kill and The Unquiet Heart.
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This is an excellent series. It stars a former World War II soldier now a crime reporter in Scotland, one Douglas Brodie. He becomes involved in some pretty big stories, here uncovering Nazi loot on its way to South America. His girlfriend is a lawyer and between them they uncover many atrocities, only in this one Brodie gets into serious trouble , seeming framed but needing rescuing which is ingeniously done.
Described as ‘the new Ian Rankin’ by the Daily Mail, Gordon Ferris writes disturbingly good post WW2 Glasgow-based crime thrillers with ex policeman turned journalist Douglas Brodie at their centre. Pilgrim Soul is the 3rd and finds a hard up Brodie taking cash to solve a series of burglaries in the Jewish community that take on a whole different flavour when two murders happen. Are Jews being targeted and if so by who? We recommend you start with Hanging Shed and then read Bitter Water. Bitter Water.
Described as ‘the new Ian Rankin’ by the Daily Mail, Gordon Ferris writes disturbingly good post WW2 Glasgow-based crime thrillers with ex policeman turned journalist Douglas Brodie at their centre. Pilgrim Soul is the 3rd and finds a hard up Brodie taking cash to solve a series of burglaries in the Jewish community that take on a whole different flavour when two murders happen. Are Jews being targeted and if so by who? We recommend you start with Hanging Shed and then read Bitter Water. January 2013 eBook of the Month.
Douglas Brodie is an ex-policeman, an ex-major in the Highlanders during World War II and now a journalist for the Glasgow Gazette. It is 1946 and Glasgow is sweltering in a late summer heat wave and in a wave of corruption as the city needs rebuilding, and then the murders begin - wow ... this "Gunfight at OK Coral" style ending is quite something. Brodie is not the new Rebus as the publisher suggests, Ferris not the new Rankin. He is his own man and his hero is most definitely not an anti-hero. This is a great, gripping, exciting read. Highly recommended.
Gutsy Danny McRae returns ready for action in this dynamic and riveting read, set a few months on from Truth Dare Kill. This can be most definitely be read as a stand alone novel, however you will understand so much more of what makes Danny tick if you read his books in order. Post war London sees villains and corrupt coppers adroitly acquiring money while honest folk are seriously tempted by criminality in order to make ends meet. Ferris maintains his deft touch in exposing the seedier side of life, his fabulous descriptions vividly bring to life the bomb eaten streets, bursting warehouses and conspicuously crimson parlours. Danny McRae; determined, driven and difficult is undeniably someone you would want on your side. Ferris reinforces his status as tenacious survivor when he drops him into Berlin. Ferris has the impressive ability to describe the daily struggle, the need for revenge, a city literally torn apart and make it touchable, understandable and so very, very real. ~ Liz Robinson
Fast paced, punchy and chilling in its intensity, this is a compelling and fascinating novel. Enter London just after the Second World War, a London without; torn, broken, perplexed but surviving. Ferris describes thoughts, feelings and surroundings with such depth and perception, you feel you have been transported and are walking the sorrowful streets alongside Danny.After the show stopper of a first chapter, you will find, if you've already read the authors Brodie novels, a similarity in the lead characters. Both Brodie and Danny are Scottish miners sons, they've been to University and started a police career before enlisting in the army. This story and Danny however, take their own distinctive path. Ferris introduces this tortured, shrewd and intriguing new Private Detective with impressive style. A missing year, harrowing memories of Dachau Concentration Camp and Ripper style killings turn this into an agile and frightening game of chase through London. ~ Liz Robinson
A riveting and stimulating read, this tenacious thriller grabs your attention and refuses to let it go. Set in Scotland, just after the Second World War, when men who had survived the horrors of conflict returned altered, damaged, different; Ferris shows us another world, a grey, dark place of grit, guts and tenacity.The author successfully hooks you from the very first chapter as an old adversary of the narrator Brodie returns to life. The two main players vigorously roll off the page as they attempt to grasp hold of justice and integrity in the face of adversity. Likeable despite (and probably because of) their flaws, you cling on to their coat tails as they desperately try to find answers and help a man condemned to die. The unexpected twists and turns deliver a story that just keeps on giving. By the end, you will likely find yourself hunting down the next Brodie novel Bitter Water. ~ Liz Robinson In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
The Hanging ShedGlasgow, 1946. The war is over, and Douglas Brodie is back home. A young boy has been raped and murdered, and Brodie's childhood friend Hugh Donovan, a recluse mutilated by war, is the only suspect. Convinced of Donovan's innocence, Brodie trawls the streets for answers with advocate Sam Campbell, uncovering a deadly Glasgow razor gang prepared to slaughter innocents to protect their dark and dirty secrets. But with time running out for Donovan and Sam missing, Brodie reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him...Bitter WaterGlasgow's melting. The temperature is rising and so is the pressure on ex-policeman Douglas Brodie and advocate Sam Campbell. A rapist has been tarred and feathered by a balaclava-clad group, and Brodie soon discovers a link between this horrific act and a series of brutal beatings. He's swamped with stories for his new Glasgow Gazette column, but how long before he and Sam become the headline?