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The Hanging Shed (Douglas Brodie series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Ferris
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 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.

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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


'Writing in the great Scottish tradition of mystery and adventure, Gordon Ferris is the natural heir of Stevenson and Buchan - great feel of authenticity, and a terrific narrative drive.' VAL McDERMID

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848877684
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5YVT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thanks for taking a look at me and my books. My latest is MONEY TREE, an international thriller with strong female characters and some rousing action from New York to New Delhi. My motley but heroic crew are tested to the limit as they square up to misogyny, Dark web attacks and psychopathic bosses.

MONEY TREE marks a real departure from the critically acclaimed 'Douglas Brodie' quartet set in post War Glasgow. The four books have topped the Amazon kindle bestseller charts. Each story stands alone but the chronology is: HANGING SHED, BITTER WATER, PILGRIM SOUL and GALLOWGLASS. Before Brodie, came the Danny McRae series: TRUTH DARE KILL and UNQUIET HEART. Both books hit Amazon #1. I'm always happy to hear from my readers - criticism or accolades. Please feel free to drop me an email at: or visit my web site:

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288 of 299 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good if not better than Ian Rankin 2 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book on my Kindle, and loved the fact that it was set in Scotland. Loved the way it was written, with the descriptions of Glasgow pubs, fish suppers and the harshness of living in the Gorbals. I really enjoyed the way that there were a couple of subplots and a few wrong turns. I found it difficult to put this book down, though towards the end I felt it was a bit of a mish-mash and I was a little bit disappointed with the ending - however if Brodie is going to become a regular character in Gordon Ferris books, then as I say as good as if not better than Ian Rankin! Another Brodie book soon please!

I'm just disappointed now that I can't get his other books for my Kindle, so please put the others onto Kindle so I can read them!
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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hanging Shed 26 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like many other reviewers I received a Kindle for Christmas and took advantage of Amazon's Twelve Days of Christmas offer where they made a number of books available for £1. The Hanging Shed is a bit of a mixed read. I loved the descriptions of post war Glasgow and although too young to remember Glasgow at that time, I felt that there was an authenticity to the descriptions although at times (not many) there was a tad too much detail which made the descriptions seemed a bit forced. But that's just a minor niggle. Much more significant is how the plot develops. It started off so well with the protagonist, Brodie (a great name for the character) getting a phone call from an old friend. This poor man has not only been horribly injured during the war but has been framed for the murder and rape of his ex girlfriend's son and is awaiting his sentence of being hanged to death. Brodie reluctantly agrees to try to help and so returns to Scotland. There he hooks up with his friend's lawyer, an older but attractive woman and tries to find out what really happens. For about two thirds, the book is really gripping but then it just loses it and becomes unrealistic in the way of so many thrillers with people getting out of implausibly difficult situations unscathed. It would have been so much better if it had concentrated on proving the innocence of the accused as it was in this part of the book that there was the least action but most tension.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, well written. 15 Feb. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like a lot of others had a Kindle for Christmas and thought I'd add some books to read. I took advantage of this book at [] and to be honest it is worth more.
It is well written and a great story line. I gelled with the characters and visualised them and their surroundings.
It's one of those "did he, didn't he" books.
Buy it, especially while it's on offer, you wont regret it.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill right to the end 30 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, reading it in just two sittings. I loved the strong believable characters, and the backdrop of the end of WWII. The author has a great sense of pacing and dramatically conveyed an engrossing and compelling narrative. Great stuff, and a great value read.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mistake upon cliche upon nonsense 3 Jan. 2012
I cannot agree with those reviewers who compare Gordon Ferris to Ian Rankin. Ian Rankin writes intelligent plots in fine prose and gets his facts correct. On the evidence of this book Gordon Ferris does none of these.

The plot of The Hanging Shed is far-fetched to the point of laughability, particularly the various shooting incidents which would be more at home in a cowboy western than a story set in 1940s U.K. The characters appear to have come from The Lazy Author's Big Book of Cliches and Stereotypes - razor gangs, paedophile priest, corrupt policemen, IRA thugs, prim spinster lawyer with (of course) a latent enthusiasm for sex and so on.

Apart from the daft story the book is absolutely riddled with factual errors, both historical and legal. Hugh Donovan could not have "died in his bomber in the flames of Dresden" in 1943 since Dresden didn't suffer any significant bombing until it was razed to the ground in February 1945. Perhaps the author really meant Hamburg but couldn't be bothered to check. Early in the book the author claims Clydebank was bombed in March 1940 and Brodie believed he might have heard the aircraft going over while serving with the pre-Dunkirk BEF in France. Wrong on both counts. Clydebank was bombed in March 1941, long after the BEF left France, and most of the aircraft involved in the raid came from Holland and North Germany and went nowhere near France. Bizarrely, the correct date for the Clydebank raid is given later in the book which says as much about the standard of editing as it does about the writing.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumping good read 30 Dec. 2010
By Lou
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book I read on my Kindle and although I found it a little slow at first (although this may be to do with my first Kindle experience), it soon gripped me and I was completely engrossed in the story. Thoroughly enjoyable, difficult to predict the storyline and hard to put down! Recommended
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Kindling 3 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm another one who bought this as a first cheap book for my new Kindle.
It is a really good read, and, for me, I would have enjoyed it even more if the author had risked keeping the slower pace of the first half throughout. Gordon Ferris has a comfortable style of writing that makes for a relaxing read - even when the material gets a bit "gritty"
I would certainly recommend it (even when the price goes back up!)
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Published 14 days ago by Geoffrey George Dean
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Not bad at all.
Published 24 days ago by Christopher Black
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair condition
I would say that this book was in fair condition. All the pages are there, which is the most important thing, but the cover was definitely dog-eared and showed signs of use.
Published 25 days ago by lino
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
First book by Gordon have to say superb Will enjoy reading the other books in this collection . Not bad for a killie boy
Published 2 months ago by Stephen J. Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn of what real life must have been like
First time reading a Ferris book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Gives an interesting insight into what life must have been like in the post war years. Builds . Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. van Heiningen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
typical gordon ferris
Published 3 months ago by irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant! Took this and the other books in the series on holiday and read them all!
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
liked the series
Published 3 months ago by beefriendly
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
A good read especially if you were born in the Glasgow area.
Published 3 months ago by Peter Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I cannot recommend this enough. Brodie comes home from WW2 a slightly damaged man who does not have a compass for the rest of his life so when a former friend asks for his help he... Read more
Published 3 months ago by V. A. Adams
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