Bitter Water (Douglas Brodie Series) Paperback – 1 Jan 2013
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Vividly evoked... If he is still most famous for selling 200,000 books electronically then that situation will undoubtedly change. Readers will discover that this second outing for Douglas Brodie is perhaps better than its acclaimed predecessor, The Hanging Shed. * Independent * Ferris scores with some unexpected plot twists, a convincing portrayal of sad, edgy post-war Glasgow and a background of lost love. * The Times * A rising star of Scottish literature. * Scotsman * His writing has a great feel for authenticity and a terrific narrative drive. * Val McDermid * The Hanging Shed is the word-of-mouth hit that is leaving its fellow thrillers in its wake... This is the latest addition to Scotland's proud tradition of fictional sleuths, and if the strenth of his debut is anything to go by, we'll be seeing a lot more of Douglas Brodie. * Observer * Plunges the reader into a vividly evoked 1947 Glasgow... the real pleasure lies in the assured characterisation of the damaged, seen-it-all-before protagonists - and the flinty evocation of life in urban Scotland six decades ago. * Independent * Ferris is a writer of real authority, immersing the reader into his nightmare world with a brand of scabrous writing reminiscent of William McIlvanney's Laidlaw... everything speaks of an original voice. * Independent * The Hanging Shed broke e-book records. It wasn't a fluke. With its pitch-perfect dialogue and chilling undertones, Bitter Water is destined to join its predecessor as a bestseller. * Daily Record *
From the author of The Hanging Shed comes the second installment in the Douglas Brodie series.
'The new Ian Rankin' - Daily Mail
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It centres on Brodie's exploits as a reporter for the Gazette in Glasgow, just after the war. There is a good feeling of time and place and the sound of Glasgow.
A group of vigilantes are taking the law into their own hands and meting out punishment on those the law has failed to deal with. Their leader makes himself known to Brodie giving him the scoops that keep the Gazette ahead in the game. It seems that the good people of Glasgow have a lot of sympathy for their cause as well. But other crimes are then committed and made to look like those done by The Marshals. The difference here is this time it is murder.
Douglas and the ice cool Sam (his erstwhile girlfriend introduced in the first book) work together to find the perpetrators of the very grisly murders and come up against some old adversaries.
With a very explosive finale and an uncertain future for Brodie I thoroughly recommend this book.
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Having survived the murderous intentions of the Slattery gang, Brodie's army past once again comes back to haunt him; this time in the form of the Glasgow Marshals, a band of renegades hell bent on meeting out summary street justice to those deemed worthy.
Good novel, well paced - I found it much more fluid than the Hanging Shed. The ending seemed a little contrived but all in all a good read.
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