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Bitter Water (Douglas Brodie series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Ferris
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Book Description

Glasgow's melting. The temperature is rising and so is the murder rate. Douglas Brodie, ex-policeman, ex-soldier and now newest reporter on the Glasgow Gazette, has no shortage of material for his crime column.

But even Brodie baulks at his latest subject: a rapist who has been tarred and feathered by a balaclava-clad group. Brodie soon discovers a link between this horrific act and a series of brutal beatings.

As violence spreads and the body count rises, Brodie and advocate Samantha Campbell are entangled in a web of deception and savagery. Brodie is swamped with stories for the Gazette. But how long before he and Sam become the headline?

Editorial Reviews


"'We might just have found a new Ian Rankin.' Daily Mail * 'A rising star of Scottish literature' - Scotsman * 'His writing has a great feel for authenticity and a terrific narrative drive.' - Val McDermid * 'Ferris is a writer of real authority, immersing the reader into his nightmare world with a brand of scabrous writing reminiscent of William McIlvanney's Laidlaw... everything speaks of an original voice.' - Independent * 'Deft, disturbing and as thoroughly grimy as its 1946 Glasgow setting, The Hanging Shed is the word of mouth hit that is leaving its fellow thrillers in its wake every bit as good as its electronic sales would suggest... This is the latest addition to Scotland's proud tradition of fictional sleuths, and if the strength of his debut is anything to go by, we'll be seeing a lot more of Douglas Brodie.' - Observer * 'Ferris scores with some unexpected plot twists, a convincing portrayal of sad, edgy postwar Glasgow and a background of lost love.' - The Times"

About the Author

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 headstring women embroiled in tangled tales of life, love and death. He is the author of the No. 1 bestselling eBook The Hanging Shed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; First Edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VSP8GG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murderin' bampots... April 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second in Ferris' Douglas Brodie series which started as a Kindle sensation with The Hanging Shed. Scottish Noir at its finest, putting Brodie's Glasgow right up beside Rebus' Edinburgh.

Brodie is now working as a crime journalist in Glasgow when a spate of vigilante attacks hits the city. At the same time, his colleague, senior reporter Wullie McAllister is covering the murder of a councillor and suspects corruption at the heart of Glasgow Corporation. Brodie's relationship with Sam Campbell is still on-off as she struggles to get over the after-effects of their last adventure.

Ferris doesn't stint on violence and gore as the attacks and murders mount up and in true thriller style the climax is explosive. But along the way we are treated to some great humour, much of it very black. However the thing that makes these books really stand out is Ferris' descriptions of post-war Glasgow (Brodie has only recently returned to Glasgow after serving as a major in the Second World War) and his completely authentic use of Glasgow slang. No psychopathic killers here - these men are murderin' bampots. I'm not old enough to remember Glasgow in the forties, but the language and attitudes of the characters chime in with my own memories of how people of my parents' generation talked and felt. The locations are so accurately described they whisk me back in time, though some of the places still exist today. The Horseshoe Bar, for instance, is still a thriving institution. Ferris writes so well that you never get the impression he's researched the period - you feel certain he must actually have lived in it.

In my view, Ferris is the most exciting new Scottish crime writer on the scene and in Brodie he has developed an attractive, compelling lead character whose second outing is even better than the first. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book buy all of his books July 1, 2012
By Fred
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Bitter Water is the sequel the the Hanging Shed. My main concern after reading the Hanging Shed was that it would be impossible for Gordon Ferris to match the Hanging Shed. Fear unwarranted. Bitter Water is a superb read. As with the Hanging shed I found myself highlighting and re reading sections because the writing was so good.. Mr. Ferris is a superb writer, the dialogue is believable and superb, the story line is tight and concise, but mainly it is the descriptions of things. I have never read a writer before who could so capture me with a description of a place or thing. An uncanny ability to make you feel as if you were there.

Buy this book, if you have not read the Hanging Shed but it first, and after you have read these two you will want to buy the rest of his books, and you will not be disappointed if you do.

I await with eager anticipation his next offering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel February 21, 2013
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The second in the Douglas Brodie series is a worthy successor, an excellent holiday read and truly evocative of the period. Heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Again! May 12, 2014
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Very difficult to put these novels down. They draw you in and you really don't know where the story is going to go. Instead of being tired of Brodie the author gives us just enough to keep us interested and to understand his motivation. Again, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put these books down February 4, 2014
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Ferris just keeps getting better. In each of the three books of the Brodie series the character has developed. I lived in the Gorbals district of Glasgow in the time of these books immediately after the second world war. Ferris has caught the atmosphere and the people perfectly and has woven a fascinating story into it. I hate to put these books down because I need to find out what will happen next. I await Gallowgate, the fourth book in the series, to see where Brodie will go next. As I said, he grows in every book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ferris Bitter Water January 4, 2014
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Mr. Ferris writes well. This historical story is well conceived and exciting. There is references to material which is difficult to read, such as the terrible actions taken by Nazis during WII. Friends are lost and others die because of clandestine operations still incurring in Scotland after the War. Although love does occur, Mr. Ferris main character realizes the difficulty of being with a spouse who is a career woman in a demanding situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific writing January 1, 2014
By Kitty
Format:Kindle Edition
just reading the language is fun. interesting characters with relationship dynamics that I enjoyed. no fault I could find with a very tight plot. I loved the dark humor. Very rich sense of time and place. Highly recommended for anybody who enjoys a literate noir-ish British (well, Scottish) police procedural.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 16, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this one for me Glasgow is as much a character as the people having heard much about this from my inlaws.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book - it holds one's interest
I liked this book - it holds one's interest. Also interesting is the tie in which it is set as it points up some of the differences from the immediate post war world and to today.
Published 2 months ago by Honora Heffernan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet revenge.
An adventure for me! Author and Scotland are new territory for this reader but not for long!
Published 2 months ago by Eileen Cotrone
4.0 out of 5 stars nice old fashioned read
No forensics here, just good old fashioned detective work. A decent read for the price, had me looking forward to opening each new chapter
Published 3 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I have explained In Pilgrim Soul why I would recommend you give them a try. They are a bit predictable but none the less enjoyable.
Published 15 months ago by John Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I am Glaswegian, so perhaps I am biased. Storyline believable, not too many people familiar with the idea that the US selected "Good Germans" for it's own purposes.
Published 17 months ago by Robert McMillan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not' special'
Enjoyed reading this - would read others in the series, but I just did not get excited about the characters although I enjoyed the atmosphere the writer evoked.
Published 20 months ago by spider
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and fast moving
Brodie is no Rebus, more like a Jack Reacher. Great idea setting the story post WW2. Excellent fast acting climax
Published 21 months ago by Acmena
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More About the Author

Gordon Ferris [] "Electrifies readers ...a rising star of Scottish literature". Gordon writes crime/thrillers set in post-war Britain; a natural 'noir' period of social upheaval and violence.

Gordon's breakthrough 'Douglas Brodie' book - THE HANGING SHED - is a No 1 Amazon UK kindle bestseller and has sold over 170,000 copies. The sequel - BITTER WATER- again starring Brodie and his sidekick - advocate Samantha Campbell - also hit the No 1 kindle spot. TRUTH DARE KILL, the first in the Danny McRae series has been at No 1, as has its sequel - THE UNQUIET HEART. All Gordon's books are available as ebooks and hardbacks, with paperbacks following.

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