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The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris
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Jul 28, 2011

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

Gordon Ferris has written a gritty thriller set in post-war Glasgow. His description of the deprivation of the area, the rats, and the razor-wielding gangs of the Gorbals have the ring of authenticity. This was a time whenTB, rickets, polio, and malnutrition were all part of daily life, and families were often living ten to a room in crumbling tenements, which have now all gone.

His story describes how the main character, Brodie, freshly demobbed from the army and an expoliceman, and now a reporter, is sent a plea to help a former schoolmate who is in prison awaiting execution for the murder of several children. Brodie has no particular love for his old schoolmate and is reluctant to help him, however he is drawn into an investigation.

The story ranges between Glasgow, Arran, and Ireland, and along the way the reader meets gang members and ruthless killers, until the hair raising end.

This was an exciting, thrilling book to read and well qualifies for the description of pageturner. I would highly recommend it, and I'll be looking out for mor of Gordon Ferris's books.
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