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The Hanging Shed (Douglas Brodie series) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Ferris
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 Donovan was dead, shot down in the war. Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed. The man who returned was unrecognizable: mutilated, horribly burned. Donovan 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...
Donovan 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 Donovan's advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie trawls both 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 church, police and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang, happy to slaughter to protect their dark secrets. As time runs out for the condemned man, and the tally of murdered innocents rises, Brodie reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him.

Editorial Reviews


An impressive example of what’s now called ‘Scottish noir’… a hit on the Kindle charts before its release in hard cover, it’s the start of a Brodie series, and if its successors are as good we might just have found a new Ian Rankin. DAILY MAIL


"An impressive example of what's now called 'Scottish noir' . . . it's the start of a Brodie series, and if its successors are as good we might just have found a new Ian Rankin."  —Daily Mail

"In the great Scottish tradition of mystery and adventure. His writing has a great feet for authenticity and a terrific narrative drive."  —Val McDermid, author, A Place of Execution

"A must-read, and not simply because of Ferris's distinctive style of writing, but also for the dark, subterranean, Scottish world he has stylishly created . . . Ferris has confirmed himself as an exciting and original voice in the crime noir genre."  —New York Journal of Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848877684
  • Publisher: Corvus (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5YVT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tartan noir at its best! February 12, 2011
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1946. Glasgow. Douglas Brodie, former policeman and battle-tested veteran of the 51st Highland Division, is summoned home by a childhood mate and rival in romance. Hugh Donovan, suffering from horrible wartime injuries and an addiction to heroin, has been convicted of the rape and murder of his former lover's young son. Faced with a corrupt police department, vicious Glasgow razor gangs and an insurmountable amount of damning evidence, Brodie and Advocate Samantha (Sam) Campbell have their work cut out for them if they are to keep him from a date with the hangman.

Part Lee Child and part Thirty-nine Steps, The Hanging Shed is a rollicking thriller that kept me reading well into the night. I hope that Ferris has more adventures in store for Brodie and Sam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hanging Shed April 21, 2013
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This book has a good feel for time and place. It's set primarily in Glasgow after the second world war. Douglas Brodie is demobbed and is a fledgling reporter when he receives a phone call from childhood friend/nemesis Hugh Donovon. Because of their past history Douglas is reluctant to visit Hugh, who is awaiting a sentence of execution for the murder of several boys.

This is one of those stories that has a lone gunman taking on the villans of the piece against all odds. The book has a bit of everything, romance, corrupt police, derelicts public officials and shady priests.

The characters were well presented. I liked Douglas Brodie, war hero, ex cop who was unable to turn a blind eye and kept searching for the truth.

I did find the story a little slow in places and the ending was really abrupt. I would have like to know what the repercussions were for the police officers and some of the other characters. In that way I thought that the conclusion was a bit of a fizzer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful thriller March 29, 2011
This is a terrific book. The writing is special. I read a review of it by crime writer Sam Millar, on New York Journal of Books, and he really praised it. I think this is the author's debut crime novel, and if it is, what a terrific achievement. I will be waiting eagerly for his follow-up. The ex-cop in the story, Brodie, is an excellent character. Very dark, the way a good thriller should be.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hanging Shed February 6, 2011
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This was my first book by the author Gordon Ferris and I was far from disappointed, could not put the book down and of course late for work next morning. The principle character is Brodie, ex Army Paratrooper back to his home town in Glasgow as a civilian during 1946 on a mission to try and save an ex friend of the past from the gallows. The scene set during that period so close to the end of WW2 runs away with one's imagination where the Pound Note went a long way, communications not taken for granted as present times, no fax machine, no mobile phone and coastal transport of passenger car ferry propelled by paddle wheel. Bent police, Glasgow razor gangs are after Brodie and the race continues to save his friend. The suspense is sometimes unbearable and the page turning is almost irresistible, fast and plenty of surprises throughout. I wait with impatience for the next Brodie adventure by Gordon Ferris.

Nice _ France
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I understand May 10, 2014
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I rarely read this genre but the book is set in the area where I grew up. And, it had so many glowing reviews. Now I understand why. Brodie is a hell of a character. He blends perfectly into this time period amidst the dirty streets of Glasgow and Kilmarnock. With his imperfections you still want him to win. Without giving too much away, I was totally drawn into this world and hated when my eyes wouldn't stay open any longer to read more. Truly a fantastic read. I kept waiting for the cliché or old, tried and true plot twist but it never came. I was able to escape into the story and it felt genuine to me.
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Suprise March 21, 2011
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I bought this as it was a cheap book and it looked OK. In fact it was more than OK, it was really very good.

While I can't comment on whether or not he really captured the feel of post war Scotland accurately, it felt like it should be right. Without resorting to needless pages of description I could picture the scenes of the book and overall there was a very cinematic feel. The cinematic feel was probably due to the tight pacing, the limited number of characters and having such strong lead characters. The hero is very much a Scottish Sean Dillon (Jack Higgins) with the likeable brutality and an underlying sense of ethics and honour.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of Brodie, please February 4, 2011
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This was one of the first books I bought for my Kindle, based on all the excellent reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and read it at two sittings.

Brodie fits my idea of a real hero - reckless, tenacious, merciless, and fallible. The villains are as hateful as villains ought to be, and the list of victims grows at a most satisfying pace.

Sometimes I find that reading Scottish dialogue is painful to the point of being incomprehensible, but the author has used a light hand, retaining the "Scottishness" while not making it a struggle to understand.

A real page-turner with some unexpected twists. I hope the author has more Brodie adventures lined up.

If you're a Jack Reacher fan, I think you'd enjoy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loses momentum February 19, 2013
It is as though two people knitted this book - the first two thirds a tightly written thriller about a journalist (recently discharged Army Officer, ex-Glaswegian policeman) who is persuaded to come to post-WWII Glasgow to look for evidence to clear an old schoolfriend of brutal murder. With all the holes in the case, he is soon persuaded of Hugh Donovan's innocence and he and Donovan's lawyer, Sam Campbell, co-operate in re-opening the investigation.

The final third is much looser with dropped stitches and a loosening of the previous tension and the action turns into low budget James Bond.

However, Brodie is an appealling character and the descriptions of bleak post-war Glasgow are good so this is an author worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I am an Aussie that lived not far from Glasgow for 4 years. I have been to many of the places mentioned in the book. It is a great read.
Published 21 days ago by tony wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Took me back to my childhood in Glasgow. I love his style of writing and the little bits of humour which crop up every now and again.
Published 1 month ago by lochsebness
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller!
Loved the setting, the characters, the pace, the writing. Very nice noir thriller, which somewhat reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamela A
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Gem! I'm a new fan!
A friend sent me this book. What a great surprise! I'm already reading book 2. A fully crafted excellent thriller. My favourite kind :)
Published 2 months ago by PJT
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-War Glasgow Noir
A gripping plot of Glasgow slum gangs, corrupt police, clerical secrets, and a hardnosed but not yet cynical newsman, trying himself to recover from the trauma of the killing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ORR
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner
The new Ian Rankin. If you enjoyed reading about Rebus then Brodie will certainly interest you. A great introduction to crime with a twist - a crime journalist.
Published 3 months ago by Tom pinkey
4.0 out of 5 stars real characters
Really well written, both characters and settings. Really captured Glasgow etc in that era. First one I have read but hungry now for more.
Published 3 months ago by Tricia
4.0 out of 5 stars good adventure/thriller
Really liked the writing ... Good adventure and a good main character. Also liked the Scottish setting with wonderful descriptive passages.
Published 4 months ago by Carol V.
4.0 out of 5 stars I will try this author again!
This is an engaging mystery. It has good atmosphere and the plot was well written. I found all the pieces plausible (except perhaps the very end) and the character development... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathy Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Brodie delivers
I found The Hanging Shed to be another engrossing thriller in the Douglas Brodie series.Entertaining and readable
Eloquently delivered. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Des T
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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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