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ISBN: 1848877692
Author: Gordon Ferris
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic Books (March 1, 2011)
Pages: 288
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 550
Size Fb2: 1847 kb
Size ePub: 1604 kb
Size Djvu: 1534 kb
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Before the war I was taken to the hanging shed of His Majesty’s Prison Barlinnie. Years after, I can close my eyes and recite every dismal detail and dimension as though they were tattooed on my eyelids

The hanging shed, . The Hanging Shed, . Before the war I was taken to the hanging shed of His Majesty’s Prison Barlinnie. Years after, I can close my eyes and recite every dismal detail and dimension as though they were tattooed on my eyelids. Think of a clutch of grey monoliths scarring the countryside on the outskirts of Glasgow.

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The Hanging Shed Gordon Ferris ONE There are no windows in a hanging shed. Only a sadistic architect would provide a last glimpse of the fair green hills. The same goes for paintings or potted plants. You’re unlikely to divert the condemned man from the business in hand with a nice framed ‘Monarch of the Glen’ or a genteel aspidistra. Besides, he’ll only visit once. Before the war I was taken to the hangin. There are no windows in a hanging shed.

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Gordon Ferris does a fine job intertwining hard nosed Glasgow with some super characters and an intriguing and .

Gordon Ferris does a fine job intertwining hard nosed Glasgow with some super characters and an intriguing and sinister plot. At a time when jobs were sparse, ration books were still in use and there was a black-market and a thug undercurrent that enveloped even the police force. The mood goes from dark to light and back again and the pace is excellent. This latest in the Brodie Series - The Hanging Shed - is perhaps the best yet. Ferris captures perfectly the PTS syndrome that faced many returning soldiers from WW2 (any war for that matter)and probably has helped me better understand my own (now deceased)father, who spoke little of his WW2 experiences.

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 his childhood friend Hugh Donovan from the gallows.Everyone thought Hugh was dead, shot down in the war. Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed. The man who returns from the war is unrecognisable: mutilated, horribly burned. Hugh 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 suspect.Hugh 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 advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie trawls 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 troublesome priests, corrupt coppers and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang, happy to slaughter to protect their dark and dirty secrets. As time runs out for the condemned man, the murder tally of innocents starts to climb. When Sam Campbell disappears, it's the last straw for Brodie, and her reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him .

Comments:

Golden Lama
Glasgow 1946. Wounded city in the country that barely survived. Here comes Douglas Brodie, honored and decorated veteran who for his duty and troubles ended up with PTSD ( way before anybody ever had a clue what it is). This is a dark, unrelenting crime fiction touching upon the darkest reaches of human depravity. Nobody, even the most innocent are safe in this joyless world that lost it's way. Beautiful, almost poetic novel, but certainly not for a faint of heart. If you like the books about frolicking kittens or plucky damsels in old time Britain, this is not for you. On the other hand your courage to visit this disturbing world, will be richly rewarded.
just one girl
Since I like TV shows set outside of the US, I started extending my reading to as many 'translated' mysteries as I could find. Admittedly, Scotland and Ireland might not seem to need translating to a native English speaker, but it is always interesting to read how even within the English language, there are huge variants. Our hero in the Hanging Shed describes his return to help an old friend/enemy and not only takes the reader into a world we mostly are unfamiliar with, but one that he has to 'return to' in his speech and thinking as well. Brodie, our hero, gives us insight by re-examining places and the people he returns to see, thus giving us a comfort level with the unfamiliar setting. He also takes us along to the emotional depths of betrayal, acceptance, and honor he experiences. The story itself is an interesting one, and better than I expected since the original goal of Brodie's trip is unsuccessful. [I won't comment more since it would be a spoiler], but the end is satisfying, and I will definitely look forward to reading more about Douglas Brodie.
Weernis
For me as an American this was an unusual crime mystery as it takes place in Glasgow just after WWII, in 1946. `it gives an unusual view of the trauma that Britain was going through, after the war, technically a "victor", but in reality, devastated. It's a "noir" novel, with a hardbitten protagonist, an excellent plot, and a lot of scruffy and not so scruffy characters. It's not great literature, but it's very readable and as soon as I finished it I bought the second in the series and started reading it too, which tells you I really did like it.
Xava
1946. Glasgow. Douglas Brodie, former policeman and battle-tested veteran of the 51st Highland Division, is summoned home by a childhood mate and rival in romance. Hugh Donovan, suffering from horrible wartime injuries and an addiction to heroin, has been convicted of the rape and murder of his former lover's young son. Faced with a corrupt police department, vicious Glasgow razor gangs and an insurmountable amount of damning evidence, Brodie and Advocate Samantha (Sam) Campbell have their work cut out for them if they are to keep him from a date with the hangman.

Part Lee Child and part Thirty-nine Steps, The Hanging Shed is a rollicking thriller that kept me reading well into the night. I hope that Ferris has more adventures in store for Brodie and Sam.
Blueshaper
Was pleasantly surprised. Enjoyed the main character and the writing. Nice little read.
GEL
Douglas Brodie is a man's man. The sort of man we like to imagine is still out there protecting the world. I enjoyed this book and will be following his exploits into the distant future. He is only 34 so a long way to go before retirement. In my opinion Gordon Ferris doesn't have the intrigue of Peter May or the sat nav experience of Ian Rankin around Edinburgh, but he is still a very good writer and no doubt will bring Douglas Brodie into his own in the next few books. Definitely worth a read.
Moswyn
The Hanging Shed is set in and around Glasgow just after the second world war in the aftermath of bombing raids on Clydeside. This period was a superb choice to set a crime novel especially in a time when forensics were still in their infancy. Gordon Ferris does a fine job intertwining hard nosed Glasgow with some super characters and an intriguing and sinister plot. At a time when jobs were sparse, ration books were still in use and there was a black-market and a thug undercurrent that enveloped even the police force. The mood goes from dark to light and back again and the pace is excellent. The writing is superb. The principle character is Brodie, ex Army Officer, ex Police - now news reporter- who reluctantly takes up the cause to try and save an old school friend from the hanging shed.

On the minus side I would have preferred more in the relationship he strikes up with the defense lawyer Sam Campbell and I felt the antics of our hero and his own application of force in being judge, jury and executioner become so hypocritical that they weaken the story and the character the author had spent so long having us get to know.

Overall though great book, fantastic writing and a gripping read. This was my first Gordon Ferris book... and I've already read the second one....!
I'm a recent convert to Gordon Ferris and I admit I've become hooked! This latest in the Brodie Series - The Hanging Shed - is perhaps the best yet. Ferris captures perfectly the PTS syndrome that faced many returning soldiers from WW2 (any war for that matter)and probably has helped me better understand my own (now deceased)father, who spoke little of his WW2 experiences.

Ferris' ability to "walk" us through Glasgow, its suburbs, its people, crime and post-war despair, allowed us to sympathize or understand characters when necessary or, celebrate degrees of punishment metered out by Brodie.

Memo to Mr Ferris: Brodie has done it tough for the past half-dozen years; he deserves more than just one brief liaison per book!

Enjoy Paul Weissel

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