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The Hanging Shed

by Gordon Ferris

Part of the Douglas Brodie Series Series

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Hanging Shed

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

Books in The Douglas Brodie Series:

1. The Hanging Shed

2. Bitter Water

3. Pilgrim Soul

4. Gallowglass

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The Hanging Shed Synopsis

Glasgow, 1946. 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 coppers 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.

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The Hanging Shed Reader Reviews

  • George Willmett - 'Ferris ticks all the boxes for me as far as crime thrillers are concerned. The characters are strong and the plot gripping with twists along the way.' Read full review >
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'An addictive read that kept me hooked to the end...A very good story and I will definitely be reading the next books in the series. Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - 'A Complete Adrenaline Ride!' Read full review >
  • Rosemary Williams - 'Believable and likeable characters, really enjoyed this book and had to buy the next one straight away!' Read full review >
  • Gill Wilmott - 'I was caught up in the dramatic flow of the book and keen to find out the answers.  A great read by an author I shall seek out in the future. Brilliant in fact!' Read full review >
  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'This is a really exciting thriller. If you like your books full of action, adventure and intrigue you need look no further than The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris.' Read full review >
  • Susan Andrews - 'I really enjoyed the book. It had great atmosphere of the time and I read half of it in one afternoon. I have already got the next book in the series to read.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'I can totally see why this became a word of mouth hit, the story is set at a cracking pace, the protagonist believable and the scenery superb. A sure fire start to a series!' Read full review >

The Hanging Shed Press Reviews

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857893642
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857893642
Publication date: 1st September 2011
Author: Gordon Ferris
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Gordon Ferris

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.   Author photo © Jerry Bauer

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