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The Hanging Shed eBook Á Kindle Edition Read É randarenewables ✓ Glasgow 1946 The last time Douglas Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a dashing young warrior in a kilt Now the war is over but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Hugh Donovan from tBrodie trawls both the mean streets of the Gorbals and the green hills of western Scotland in their search for the truth What they find is an unholy alliance of church police and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang happy to slaughter to protect their dark secrets As time runs out for the condemned man and the tally of murdered innocents rises Brodie reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer It's them or him This is one of those books that a lot of people read and are going to say they liked Judging from the reviews I'm in the minority for disliking it but I think it's that people aren't looking deep enoughThe best part of the book is the setting The Scottish accents and words bring the area to life in the 1940's There's SPOILERS from here on so be warnedFirst off the plot Someone is abusing young boys in Scotland Three guesses who first two don't countSecond this was read as part of a gay book club and the author euating homosexuality with pedophilia wasn't welcomeMoving on to the writing the author subtly sets up the character's relationships with overused cliches such as Pals for life Dougie? Pals for life Shug He continues the cliches setting up the hero as Johnny Tough with such bon mots as Punching his lights out wasn’t an option Not yet Building up to the grandest cliche people following orders compared to the holocaust ‘I know another bunch of blokes in uniform who claim they were only following orders The Nuremberg judges don’t seem to think that’s much of a defence SubtleThere are inconsistencies in the text someone else mentioned in their review it could use a better editor On the way to a house the main character gets gas using one of my rapidly disappearing pound notes to fill the tank On the way back from the house he stops to get gas again this time noting but money wasn't my problem These things detract from the storyAnother inconsistency the final showdown the main character says he doesn't want to go at night as I’d be blundering around in the twilight He sleeps wakes and says It was only midmorning and I would have much preferred to be doing this by moonlight Then he sits there for hours until it gets dark saying By twilight things had uietened down Does he want to blunder in the twilight does he want to do it in moonlight? Make up your mindHe kills the first man by hiding in the bushes for 7 hours then throwing a knife at the man in the dark He later says I felt no guilt about these deaths It had been them or me See hiding in the bushes for 7 hours doesn't seem like self defense to meThe end of the book turns into a sailing manual and I didn't understand a word of itSlattery was scrabbling for his gun when the ketch lurched He’d been sloppy lashing the tiller With no counterforce the rudder swung back and the ketch rounded up with a jolt It staggered through 90 degrees and threw Slattery across the deck and into the gunnelsthenThe ketch slowed and the boom dipped trailing its human sea anchor I ran forward and unhitched the foresail line so that jib flappedthengrabbed the tiller It came alive in my hand I pushed it round until the flapping mizzen sail filled The ketch began to slip and pitch through the waves The thrill of it coursed through me I lashed the tiller properly to keep on the southerly course and hauled in the mizzen boom The sail tightened and the ketch heeled a little I laced the line round a cleat and fumbled along the deck to find the foresail lineAre these sentences in English? Ship ahoy matey I'm done

doc Ê The Hanging Shed ✓ Gordon Ferris

D horribly burned Donovan keeps his own company only venturing out for heroin to deaden the pain of his wounds When a local boy is found raped and murdered there is only one suspectDonovan claims he's innocent but a mountain of evidence says otherwise Despite the hideousness of the crime ex policeman Brodie feels compelled to try and help his one time friend Working with Donovan's advocate Samantha Campbell MurderThe book follows a standard plot in that someone is murdered the main sorry only suspect Hugh Donovan seems to be doomed with a mountain of evidence against him In steps Douglas Brodie ex soldier and ex policeman to prove his friend innocentThe backdrop of Glasgow post WWII was very atmospheric blending itself to the gang threat and the gloom of the area There is great writing to deliver us to the point of the start of the murder investigation and then the narrative makes some strange jumps in flow and believability The run in towards the end of the story feels too formulaic with several conveniences that illustrates there is not much thought going into the twist and turns as in the first half of the book I was a bit underwhelmed at the end

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The Hanging ShedGlasgow 1946 The last time Douglas Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a dashing young warrior in a kilt Now the war is over but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Hugh Donovan from the gallows Everyone thought Donovan was dead shot down in the war Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed The man who returned was unrecognizable mutilate I work as a library cataloguer so see countless books everyday So it stands to reason that this is where I find the books I want to read next Not this timeI belong to a social networking site called ‘CrimeSpace‘ a place where readers and writers of crime fiction meet I saw a book recommended by one of MY favourite authors Shirley Wells Anything she recommends I am willing to try I wasn’t disappointedThe hanging shed by Gordon Ferris“The hanging shed” is the first novel I’ve read by Gordon Ferris Set in post war Glasgow Scotland the overall tone is dark with overtones of noirDouglas Brodie is a battle weary WWII veteran and ex cop who takes up journalism after the war He lives alone in war torn London with his bottle of whiskey That is until he receives a telephone call from a childhood friend back home in Glasgow Hugh Donovan is in prison awaiting the death penalty He asks Brodie if he will come to visit him and help to prove his innocenceBrodie’s return to Glasgow brings back painful memories of first love and betrayal Hugh Donovan stole his girl Fiona He has never forgiven him But war changes people and no one is changed than Hugh Donovan He was shot down and was terribly burned and disfigured The once handsome man is now nothing than a memory He lives in constant pain and people find it difficult to look at him Brodie cannot forget Hugh’s betrayal but despite himself he finds that the case against Hugh is full of holesBrodie meets with Hugh’s lawyer and together they set about trying to appeal Hugh’s case before his date with the gallows Samantha Donovan is a workaholic with little in the way of social life She invites Brodie to stay at her house whilst he investigates the case and a deep friendship develops between themThey soon discover that Hugh was set up to take the fall for someone else But who? The story is much grisly and multi layered than even they could have imagined Can they save Hugh in time? Innocent people are being killed and Brodie finds that he must again revert to his army training to hunt the villains and defend himself and SamBy turns reminiscent of writers such as Ian Rankin and Dick Francis this is a story with a very strong protagonist who is admirable and flawed in eual measure The characterization is strong and the novel aptly portrays the dark side of the human psyche The setting of gritty post war Glasgow combined with contrasting beautiful vistas of the Arran Islands makes for interesting fare Brodie and Sam are a pair that I would like to meet again between the pages of a novelThanks Gordon Ferris for a great read Thanks Shirley Wells for the recommendation