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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and driven
Gordon Ferris has an extraordinary touch as a writer. In this his second Danny McRae book, he walks you through a war-tattered Europe through the eyes of Danny, a man whose brain has been equally ravaged. This powerfully-written piece draws you into the story and drives you on through scenes of mirk and darkness of the underworld of London and military chaos of Berlin as...
Published on 2 July 2010 by Dr. E. Draper

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3.0 out of 5 stars Glad to breathe (clean air) by the end
This novel by Gordon Ferris seems to tick all the right boxes in the crime/thriller/espionage genres. I really enjoyed "The Hanging Shed", followed it with "Truth Dare Kill" and this one, hoping that he would stay as good or better.

It has some good ingredients: the hero is a private detective working in London at the end of the Second World War (in spite of...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and driven, 2 July 2010
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Dr. E. Draper "ROXT" (Richmond, Surrey UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Unquiet Heart (Paperback)
Gordon Ferris has an extraordinary touch as a writer. In this his second Danny McRae book, he walks you through a war-tattered Europe through the eyes of Danny, a man whose brain has been equally ravaged. This powerfully-written piece draws you into the story and drives you on through scenes of mirk and darkness of the underworld of London and military chaos of Berlin as he pulls his life, and head, back together.
A real page-turner by an agile and accomplished author. I loved it. A fully-recommended read.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping in it's Power to hold, 12 July 2010
This review is from: The Unquiet Heart (Paperback)
With Gordon Ferris' s The Unquiet Heart, and I believe his earlier novel Truth Dare Kill, the reader is in the world of the private detective. The hero, Scotsman Danny McRae, is in the mould of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. He is a tough loner, driven to do good in a world generally evil. But together with a kind of cynical toughness he can also be romantic and idealistic.

McRae's background is London in the years just after the Second World War and his title of private detective is a somewhat superior one for the rather sleazy cases he generally gets employed to solve. The London (more accurately Bermondsey) that Ferris describes is a war-torn, gang-dominated community, whose inhabitants are often poor, lives controlled by ration-books, bomb craters and dust. A world of odd loyalties, a perfect 'noir' landscape.

The political and romantic dimensions reveal themselves in the female character of a crime reporter on a local paper, Eva Copeland, who first appears just to want McRae to let her in on some of his investigations so that she can report on them to her paper. In fact, when she disappears, it opens up a quite different can of worms. What she is actually involved in - McRae as well when he goes in search of her - is much more violent and frightening, associated in both cases with what happened to them during the war: he in a German prison camp in Dachau, she and her family as Jews under the Hitler regime. While he is prepared to forget the past and live his life in the present, she is looking to avenge the deaths of her family, lover and race and refuses to forget.

The action now moves to the world of post-war Berlin, where black-market goods, espionage, terrorism and cruelty flourish, innocent people suffer violent deaths and torture is a weapon. The city is divided into uneven quarters, Russian, German, English and American occupation, and it is not clear who is on whose side or who is spying on whom. Continue the story for yourselves, it makes an interesting read, disturbing in some of its conclusions but gripping in its power to hold.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ferris strikes again, 26 May 2011
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Whilst not a prerequisite, I would highly recommend reading "Truth Dare Kill" prior to this sequel . Although the two books are not as intertwined as some multi part series, part one does lay some useful foundations about the main character Danny McRae. In particular how he turned from nation's finest to private detective and how he sustained, and the implications of, the oft mentioned "scar" that runs down his temple. Every hero has a weakness that endears him to us and what makes this tale so realistic is his weakness is simply his love for Eva, a journalist turned client who wants to follow Danny out on some of his "private detective work". This book should come with a health warning, you will suffer from lack of sleep as this is where it starts to get very interesting and it is difficult to adjourn. Why is she so interested in his line of work? After all he has detached himself from any public involvement, nowadays his line of work is following a few people around and roughing a few up here and there at most. I would highly recommend reading the short 300 odd pages to find out, it is certainly worth it as Gordon Ferris takes you through European borders and nationalities post war.

Danny McRae, the protagonist, is no typical superhero as you will no doubt be aware from part one. He is just a normal guy like you and I, savagely damaged by the effects of the war but with a steely determination like no other. Gordon Ferris repeats the trick again in this fantastic sequel, succinctly taking you on a tale spanning three separate war savaged areas but also covering factions between at least four or five groups. I gave Truth Dare Kill 5 stars and to be frank this betters it. A lot of the focus was on London in the first book, the focus cleverly shifts towards Germany this time to create a fine balance between the two parts and actually brought home the reality of what it must have been like in Iraq after the most recent war, namely a picture of looting and more crudely, chaos.

Whilst part two is not as bloody and gruesome as the first the plot is certainly more drawn out and has more twists and turns to it. You feel as if you know Danny by now and I must admit it is pleasing that Gordon has finally given him a real woman to contend for, as oppose to a figment of his imagination, although this brings its own problems with it!

Finally, without giving anything away, I am glad the author has left it open for another sequel Danny McRae's days are certainly not numbered yet - a fitting end.

Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review The Unquiet Heart, 5 July 2010
This review is from: The Unquiet Heart (Paperback)
This is the second in the Danny Mcrea series,and I much preferred it to the first. There is much more character development, and the story is gripping-I found I was sneaking a quick read to see how things turned out! It does an excellent job of creating a believable post WW II atmoshere-can't wait for the next in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed, 3 Feb 2011
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The second Danny Macrae novel is another fast paced, gripping and well crafted story, set in immediate post-war London and Berlin. The character of Macrae continues to develop..he's certainly not the typical action hero but every bit as engrossing in a sort of anti-hero way. But like all good heroes, he inevitably wins through in the end, with lots of twists and turns along the way.
This is a great read, but make sure you read Truth Dare Kill first, as characters from that book recurr in this one.
Danny Macrae is certainly worthy of more outings and hopefully Mr Ferris will oblige. In the meantime, I'm now eagerly awaiting the release of the second Brodie story (the first being The Hanging Shed)which I know the author is currently working on.
For lovers of exciting crime fiction, I urge you to buy and enjoy the three novels of Gordon Ferris. Ignore the odd ridiculous and pretentious negative review you might see on Amazon. These are great books, fully up there with Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Robert Crais.
And at the very low price at which they are offered on Kindle, they're an absolute steal. Not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read., 6 July 2011
I have loved all three of Gordon Ferris's novels. I am going to get withdrawal symptons now until he writes another one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ferris a name for the future., 15 May 2011
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What astounding value from Kindle The Hanging Shed,Truth or Dare and The Unquiet Heart. The Unqiet Heart -This is london based Scotsman detective the accident prone Archie McRae's living in shabby South London digs second outing. It's another page turner of post war London in 1946 . Gordon Ferris has created another fast paced action crime thriller amalgamated with a love story as Archie McRae meets the mysterious reporter Eva Copeland an independent driven woman prepared to risk all for her beliefs. Ferris takes you on a roller coaster thrill ride from East end gangsters by the docks to smokey pubs by the Thames , across to Berlin , after the war at it's most vulnerable and decayed. To a world of post cold war and spies after Nazism and touching on the holocost. Gordon Ferris is a new fresh writer, of detail and description and hopefully a name that will explode in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good post war thriller, 21 July 2010
This review is from: The Unquiet Heart (Paperback)
I enjoyed the 1st book (Truth Dare Kill) by Gordon Ferris and saw he had written a follow up. I enjoyed this one as much, particularly the postwar setting of London and Berlin. It's a good all round thriller with interesting characters and a plot that keeps you reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller from start to finish, 7 July 2010
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The Unquiet Heart races along with numerous unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader engaged throughout. With a well-crafted plot, emotive descriptions of locations and sharp dialogue it's difficult to put down. Recommended for those who like to be involved and entertained at the same time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir with a Scottish twist, 2 July 2010
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Danny McRae is a new noir 'hero' - if you can call him that. Damaged in a physical and psychological way, we follow him through a convincing landscape of postwar Britain. His is a new voice; cynical yet always searching for what really happend to him.
I really enjoyed this book - as I did others by Gordon Ferris. The writing is intelligent and the narrative twists and turns to keep your interest. Just wait for the final moments to really surprise you. The accurate, well-researched detail keeps you with him; it was convincing (unlike a lot of 'historical' crime fiction).
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