The Hanging Shed

The Hanging Shed

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Glasgow 1946. The last time Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a proud young man in a paratrooper's uniform. Now, the war is over but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Shug 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 returns from the war is unrecognisable: mutilated, 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 suspect. Donovan 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 he reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him -.
Publisher: London : Corvus, 2011.
ISBN: 9780857893642
9781848877689
1848877684
0857893645
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,24 cm.

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ChristchurchLib May 19, 2020

"I truly hadn't expected evil to be a commonplace. That I'd find it here in the soft hills and sandy shores of my own country." So starts the best-selling Scottish historical crime novel set in the slums of 1940s postwar Glasgow and the green rolling hills of the west of Scotland. The f... Read More »


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ChristchurchLib May 19, 2020

"I truly hadn't expected evil to be a commonplace. That I'd find it here in the soft hills and sandy shores of my own country." So starts the best-selling Scottish historical crime novel set in the slums of 1940s postwar Glasgow and the green rolling hills of the west of Scotland. The first in the Douglas Brodie, policeman turned soldier now reporter, series pulls you on a heart-stopping journey as he tries to save a friend and ex fellow soldier from hanging.

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deRougemont
Oct 30, 2013

Excellent read. A gripping, gritty thriller with well rounded characters. Also, this book strips away any romanticised image the reader may have of Glasgow in the mid 20th century.

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dgr51
Jul 10, 2012

A good suspenseful page turning read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 20, 2011

Douglas Brodie, a former officer in the British 51st Highland Division, is contacted by an old school friend, Hugh Donovan, to save him from the gallows. Donovan has been convicted for the rape and murder of a young boy. Donovan claims he is innocent but the mountain of evidence against him makes his claim questionable. Brodie only has 14 days to clear his friend before he is hung for the crime.
A fast-paced plot, a bunch of tough IRA gangsters and a pretty blond Scottish advocate makes for a thrilling read. Fans of Ian Rankin won’t be disappointed in this action packed tale.

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Kismetislander
Apr 30, 2011

Excellent murder/mystery set in post WW2 Scotland. Well worth the read. Look out Ian Rankin.

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