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Edge of your seat thriller
on 5 April 2014
Douglas Brodie's back in what's billed as his final outing. Mourners pay their final respects at his grave. Gordon Ferris has woven together a tantalising, fast paced and edgy tale which sees Brodie's world turned upside down and fall apart. Having reached a relatively settled and secure point in his life, with a good job on the local paper, a future with his lawyer girlfriend, the tables are turned on our redoubtable hero. He finds himself arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Or did he? Arrested for murder with a watertight case against him, we go on a roller coaster ride as one by one the odds stack up against him. From his prison cell, we experience his anger, frustration and confusion as he realizes the only possible outcome. It's 1947 and the penalty for murder is death by hanging.
I was totally swept along by this story. Brodie is such a likeable protagonist. He's not perfect, but he's certainly a good man. I was transported to a post war Glasgow, bleak in parts and struggling to regenerate. Gordon Ferris creates a very strong and visual sense of location which adds to the sense of reality. I was back and forth across the Clyde with Brodie and sitting in the Court as pleas are made for his bail! And the dialogue! It's spot on with sufficient use of dialect to make the reader feel they're listening to real people speaking. There's dark humour too and for my money, Mr Ferris is in a class of his own. This book can be read as a stand alone, but over the four books in the series, he has developed as a character and it's been a rewarding journey with him. I preordered this in February and it's been worth the wait; devoured in two late night sittings. Brilliant, loved it!