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Truth Dare Kill (DANNY MCRAE SERIES Book 1)

Truth Dare Kill (DANNY MCRAE SERIES Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Ferris
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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We might just have found a new Ian Rankin. --Daily Mail

The rising star of Scottish literature. --Scotsman

His writing has a great feel for authenticity and a terrific narrative drive. --Val McDermid


"* 'We might just have found a new Ian Rankin.' - Daily Mail * 'The rising star of Scottish literature.' - Scotsman * 'His writing has a great feel for authenticity and a terrific narrative drive.' - Val McDermid * 'Every now and then you come across a writer and wonder how on earth you haven't read their books before... Mr Ferris has confirmed himself as an exciting and original voice in the crime noir genre' - New York Journal of Books"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857894927
  • Publisher: Corvus; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1JD26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,393 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:

Best wishes and good reading!

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173 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star is born! 29 Jan 2011
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Having read and enjoyed The Hanging Shed, I went back to read the author's earlier novels. This is the first Danny Macrae story and what a cracker it is. Gripping and compelling from the very first page..wonderfully drawn characters set against the background of immediate post war London and a plot that will keep you clicking the 'Next Page' button until the early hours.
I'm now about to read the follow up, The Unquiet Heart, which will no doubt be equally enjoyable.
My only query is..where on earth has Gordon Ferris been hiding all these years? As a storyteller he is up there with the best and in Danny Macrae and Brodie (from The Hanging Shed) he has created two superb characters who can certainly live on through many more books.
Not to be missed and at the Kindle price, an absolute bargain.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put it down 27 Aug 2007
Do you enjoy reading thrillers? Can your bed time reading keep up with the twists and turns of a complex plot and simultaneously appreciate well-developed characters and attention to historical detail? Then maybe this novel is for you. Set in the gloom of post war London the damaged mind of Danny McRae struggles with demons from the war while trying to make sense of the complications of the peace. Will he succeed or is he doomed ..and can he really make a living as a private detective? Read the book and discover for yourself ... but save it for a quiet evening because you won't be able to put it down.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Danny McRae is a demobbed SO agent and now that the war is over has set himself up as a private investigator. All the world at that time was trying to get back to normality but for Dann, who has no memory of a year of his life what is normality? He knows that he was in France on a mission and he knows that he was captured by the Germans, but for the rest.....
His first case is very reminiscence of what we know of the Golden Age, as beautiful elegant, upper-class Kate Graveney hires Danny to investigate the death of her lover - she says she is not certain whether she killed him, or if it was the bomb that ravaged the flat in which they were both staying.
Danny set's out on this his first investigation, but Danny is still subject to black-outs that are a result of his head injury which account for his loss of a year's memory. As he sets off on a hunt through bomb-ravaged London, he meets Valerie who seems to be on his side, something he dearly needs - someone on his side. But Valerie is elusive giving no address and just turning up out of the blue and disappearing just as abruptly.
As Danny attempts to establish whether Tony, Kate's lover died in a bombing, his blackouts raise for him questions as he reads about a brutal killer stalking London's red light district, and he wonders of just what he could be capable of when out of it.
Gradually, he begins to piece together the events leading up to his arrest in France and as he does so he becomes a threat to someone, someone who cannot risk him recovering his memory. With his handicap of not knowing Danny is stabbing around in the dark and the fact that an Inspector Wilson has it in for him doesn't help.

This is an excellent mystery with a wonderful ambiance of the mysteries of the late 1940's. It has a truly wonderful ending . Highly Recommended.
Lizzie Hayes
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gripping and intelligently written first novel. Ferris mixes a pacey intertwined plot with great characterisation and evocative descriptions of the grey, uncertain, haphazard London immediately after World War II. He changes pace very well, and applies some very sharp dialogue in his character development. The baddies are pretty bad, the goodies suffer a lot of fear, doubt and uncertainty before their goodness starts to shine through. Altogether, a very potent and addictive cocktail - I can't wait for the next one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Truth Dare Kill 29 Dec 2007
A very enjoyable thriller. Some wonderful twists as the various threads develop and the Author created a compelling picture of downtrodden seedy post-war London. I look forward to a follow-on story of similar genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Experience 24 April 2011
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Having just purchased a kindle, "Truth Dare Kill" was the first book I read. I had never heard of Gordon Ferris but have now read all three books in short succession and enjoyed them all.

This particular book is a joy. It is well researched and takes the reader back to the 1940's. It was very easy to imagine being there and as educational as well.

Our hero in this book is easy to like and have an affinity too.
The book is well written and hard to put down.

Spotting the villain from about half way in the book wasnt difficult but there was enough intrigue to ignore that and still want to finish it as soon as possible to find out what happens.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story if you can ignore all the mistakes 21 Mar 2011
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The story is good - I won't repeat the "official" review and those from other readers. I largely agree with the other reviews, but it's clear that no-one does any proofreading at the publishers these days; instead, the authors rely totally on their "Microsoft Word" spellchecker or whatever. This book is full of capital letters in the middle of sentences and, at one point, the author says that the car "broke" when he meant "braked". Good for you if you can ignore such things and still enjoy the story, but such primary school English errors just leap out of the page at me like listening to good music with a 'jump' in the disc.

At another point, the main character apparently takes the train to Millport - a good trick considering that this small town on Great Cumbrae island in the Firth of Clyde [and not Little Cumbrae as on Google maps] can only be reached by a short ferry crossing from Largs! I found myself wondering how a Scottish author got this sort of thing wrong.

One other point, the author was clearly trying to reach a word tally for the book, so he just filled the space by going on and on about the hero's smoking habit.

Still a promising author, but one who should employ a proofreader.
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