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C. David Ingram
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5 May 2009
'I guess the end justifies the means. At least that's what I believe. Most of the time'. After the accident, DC Cameron Stone had spent three months in intensive care before he could even recall what happened: the high speed pursuit of a vice baron through the night streets of Glasgow that had not only almost finished him but had taken the life of a teenage mother and her child. Then there'd been the message from Audrey on the back of a 'get well soon' card announcing that she had left him and taken their young son, Mark, with her. Booze, anti-depressants and therapy have all failed to enable him to resume his old job.So now Stone lives in a one-room flat in the worst part of town. He pays the rent by running errands for a private detective agency. His tasks include tracking down a teenage runaway and surveillance for a woman who thinks her husband is sleeping with her sister. He's also paid by his former colleagues, doing the work that's not quite clean enough for them to do themselves - like putting the fear of God into Jason Campbell, a newly released sex offender whose been seen hanging around the local High School in his soft-top Mercedes.Stone is having a bad week. Audrey is getting difficult about contact arrangements for Mark. She's moved into the pulsh home of a plastic surgeon: there's talk of marriage - and adoption for Mark. He finds his runaway in a brothel and just gets roughed-up for his trouble. There's the knife wielding kids who try to mug him on the stairs and the daubing on his front door: Burn in Hell Baby Killer. The only brightness on his horizon is his growing friendship with Liz, the sunny Irish nurse who lives on the next floor. But then petrol is poured through his letterbox and his flat ablaze. And now a stranger has turned up at the school and driven off with his son...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (5 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190580220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905802203
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. David Ingram lives with his wife and young family in Paisley, Renfrewshire. After legal training he worked for several years as a debt collector and is now a hospital nurse. The Stone Gallows is his first novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tast bit of 'tartan noir' 8 April 2011
By AliB
Picking up The Stone Gallows by C. David Ingram (Myrmidon, 2009) I wasn't at all sure this was going to be my cup of tea. I don't as a rule read crime, and although I make an exception for Rebus (mainly because Rankin's voice resonates with me on some deep level) I'm finding I've started to lose interest in the outcome of the plots.

The red-tinged cover of Ingram's thriller also brought back memories of my only other encounter with 'Tartan Noir '(Louise Welsh's The Cutting Room) which left me feeling decidedly queasy. And so it was probably a good thing that The Stone Gallows starts with a bit of a tease, when the line 'I was going to kill him' turns out to be no more than the groan of a cop stuck on a stake-out with an irritating boss. So far so good.

There's plenty of the seamy side of Glasgow in this book, and it's all convincing enough for me to have spent a few chapters wondering if my girlie sensibilities would last the pace, but in the end I was hooked by the freshness of the writing and the sheer likeability , despite his faults, of the main character, Cameron Stone, whose ex-cop cynicism is married to a youthful vulnerability. Half-way through the book I realised that despite plenty going on, there was no single clear plot strand, but I was still totally engaged with the outcome, and thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns that brings it to a satisfying end that deftly avoids the happy ever after.

I guess there must be a lot of writers out there trying to carving out a sub-Rebus niche in one Scottish city or another, and by having Cameron Stone say that his boss Joe was thought to be 'the copper Rebus had been based on', Ingram finds a neat way of acknowledging and dispensing with any debt to Rankin at one go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 28 May 2009
Having been a fan of early Rebus, this book has been a welcome return to a gritty and dark character with a gripping storyline. Well enjoyed and hoping for more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A likeable hero 27 Oct 2009
I wasn't sure when I read the blurb, I thought it might be a typical grim Glasgow tale. I was pleasantly surprised, our hero turns out to be a likable one, though I probably shouldn't have liked him, but despite his faults, his heart is in the right place. There is a nice twist at the end. A thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book from C. David Ingram
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing and Enthralling Read 16 May 2009
'The Stone Gallows' is a worthy and welcome addition to the 'Tartan Noir' genre. C. David Ingram has penned an impressive and gripping debute novel set in some of the darkest and grittiest areas of Glasgow. DC Stone is a fascinating fictional character, and deserves to feature in subsequent novels...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel 15 May 2009
I purchased this book as an impulse buy and couldn't put it down. The author has used the city of Glasgow as the backdrop to a gritty thriller. The plot motors along and is interspersed with memorable scenes. C.David Ingram writes 'visually'; this novel cries out for a TV or film adaptation. Hopefully this is the start of a series.
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