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The Unquiet Heart (Danny McRae Series Book 2) by [Ferris, Gordon]
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The Unquiet Heart (Danny McRae Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in DANNY MCRAE SERIES (2 Book Series)

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The word-of-mouth hit that is leaving its fellow thrillers in its wake. Ferris is a wonderfully evocative writer. * Observer * Ferris is a writer of real authority, immersing the reader into his nightmare world... everything speaks of an original voice. * Independent * The rising star of Scottish literature. * Scotsman * 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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"* '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: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857894943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857894946
  • ASIN: B004P1JD4E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I hadn't realized that this book was part of series following the turbulent life of Douglas Brodie after he was demobbed from service in the Second World War. I read the excellent third book first The Hanging Shed and the Unquiet Heart is the second so I'll be reading the first part last Truth Dare Kill. It doesn't seem to matter much what order you approach the series in as each is a stand-alone adventure and what adventures Brodie has! In the Unquiet Heart he has left the police force to run a not very successful detective agency. He inadvertently comes up against mobsters, spies and ends up dodging soldiers from the US and Soviet Union in the Berlin. What sets Gordon Ferris apart is his ability to evoke post War Europe: the dreariness of life in Britain; the privations and desperation in Germany; the suspicions between East and West. An excellent series well-worth reading.
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Impressed with all four (or is it five) books this author had produced. He has decent plots, a fair measure of excitement (read violence) and substantial main characters.he creates a believable picture of post war London and mixes in the dramatic political issues of the day. Always make sure you read them in order as each builds on the previous plot development.
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A good sequel, human and exciting
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Gordon Ferris is a fine writer and has prudced some good work, The Hanging Shed and Truth Dare KIll are all very good reads. They have suspense, good characters the odd thrill and decent well thought out plots... though there is a tendancy to take a lot of narrative licence. By this I mean coincidence and convenient chance are main plot developers. So it is again with the Unquiet Heart... however on this occassion Ferris has loftier and heavier political ambition with his writing and it is this promise of deeper thought and greater insight that sadly leads to an element of dissapointment.

This is the second in the Danny Mcrae series - a likeable hero in post war London that ekes out a living as a private detective. Maimed physcially and mentally he offers genuine warmth and believability. Somehow (chance that is never fully explained or rationalised) he finds himself helping a female reporter uncover and get the scoop on crimes in London - he falls for the girl and when she goes missing he finds himself charging around Berlin and causing minor and major diplomatic situations. Set with the backdrop of the Berlin division and the formation of Israel and the politics, terrorist and prejudices that go with all of that it certainly has no limit in scope.

Ferris realises place, time and atmosphere well - the little love story that develops is done nicely and with charm. Mcrae is tough but vulnerable and the girl gutsy but cute. The first half of the book is an elongated prelude to the second and more interesting half set in Berlin and sadly Ferris fails to link that first half convincingly with the second. In retrospect it felt contrived and moulded to suit later events rather than an essential part of the thrill.
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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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Other reviewers have commented on the background research. I agree that post-war London is well portrayed, but the Berlin section relies too much on revisionist hitorians like Beevor, whose main concern is to portray the poor innocent Berliners attacked by the wicked Russians. The Russian portrayed in the novel are nothing but cold war caricatures - shooting Jews for occupying a German flat? I think not. Promoting former Nazis to senior positions? That's what the Americans did, not the Russians.
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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.
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