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Published by Corvus, 3 April 2014. ISBN:
(Scots Gaelic): an elite Scottish mercenary warrior
Glasgow: June 1947. Douglas Brodie, chief crime
reporter on the Glasgow Gazette, is anticipating a quiet few months at
his job and enjoying his relationship with advocate Samantha Campbell when he
is contacted by Sheila Gibson, wife of the wealthy banker Sir Fraser Gibson.
Gibson has been kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding a ransom of £20,000.
If the police are contacted Gibson willbe killed so Sheila asks Brodie to deliver the ransom money with the
utmost discretion. Brodie is initially unwilling but Sheila is desperate so
Brodie agrees and accepts the small payment that Sheila offers him. But when he
finally gets to the rendezvous he is attacked by an unseen person and knocked
out; when he recovers consciousness Gibson is there all right - but dead. The
police arrive almost at once: Brodie is the obvious suspect. Bad enough that
his fingerprints are on the gun that killed Gibson and that the investigating
officer is his old adversary Detective Chief Inspector Walter Sangster who
would be quite happy to see Brodie hang. Worse still is that Sheila denies all
knowledge of Brodie. Worst of all is that Brodie, still haunted by his
experiences in the war (North Africa, Normandy, Berlin) and in post-war Glasgow
(see Ferris’s earlier
novels The Hanging Shed, Bitter Water, Pilgrim Soul) cannot be sure that
he did not after all kill Gibson. He is arrested and detained in prison and so
cannot himself investigate what actually happened. So he, Samantha and his MI5
contact Harry Templeton concoct a brilliant deception which will free him from
jail and free him to find the truth about Gibson’s death the heart of which, Brodie believes,
lies in the vaults of Gibson’s bank.
This is an
exciting and ingenious thriller in the vein of Raymond Chandler with a strong
sense of period in particular Britain’s parlous economic condition at the time.
Reviewer: Radmila May
Gordon Ferris was born and bred in Kilmarnock.
After school where he enjoyed writing and rugby he took a job working for the Ministry of Defence,
procuring guided missiles and a tactical nuclear weapons system, before moving
to global accountancy firm Price Waterhouse, making partner in seven years. But something inside was calling him back to writing. On a long
haul flight with a laptop and hours to kill, he began the internal journey that
led to Truth Dare Kill and its sequel
The Unquiet Heart. With the launch in
early 2011 of the first 'Brodie' book - The
Hanging Shed , which was followed by Bitter
Pilgrim Soul is his latest book