LONGLISTED FOR THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTED FOR CRIME READERS ASSOCIATION DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY AWARD A fast-paced, gritty and atmospheric crime novel set on the tough streets of Glasgow, 1946. 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 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 unrecognizable: 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 he reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him... The Hanging Shed is the word-of-mouth hit that is leaving its fellow thrillers in its wake. - Guardian
The Hanging Shed Glasgow, 1946. The war is over, and Douglas Brodie is back home. A young boy has been raped and murdered, and Brodie's childhood friend Hugh Donovan, a recluse mutilated by war, is the only suspect. Convinced of Donovan's innocence, Brodie trawls the streets for answers with advocate Sam Campbell, uncovering a deadly Glasgow razor gang prepared to slaughter innocents to protect their dark and dirty secrets. But with time running out for Donovan and Sam missing, Brodie reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him... Bitter Water Glasgow's melting. The temperature is rising and so is the pressure on ex-policeman Douglas Brodie and advocate Sam Campbell. A rapist has been tarred and feathered by a balaclava-clad group, and Brodie soon discovers a link between this horrific act and a series of brutal beatings. He's swamped with stories for his new Glasgow Gazette column, but how long before he and Sam become the headline?
Summer in Glasgow, when the temper bubbles and the tenement windows bounce back the light, when lust boils up and tempers fray. The second installment in the Douglas Brodie series. Glasgow's melting. The temperature is rising and so is the murder rate. Douglas Brodie, ex-policeman, ex-soldier, and now newest reporter on the Glasgow Gazette, has no shortage of material for his crime column. But even Brodie baulks at his latest subject: a rapist who has been tarred and feathered by a balaclava-clad group. Brodie soon discovers a link between this horrific act and a series of brutal beatings. As violence spreads and the body count rises, Brodie and advocate Samantha Campbell are entangled in a web of deception and savagery. Brodie is swamped with stories for the Gazette. But how long before he and Sam become the headline?
From the author of The Hanging Shed comes the third instalment in the Douglas Brodie series. It's 1947 and the worst winter in memory: Glasgow is buried in snow, killers stalk the streets - and Douglas Brodie's past is engulfing him. It starts small. The Jewish community in Glasgow asks Douglas Brodie, ex-policeman turned journalist, to solve a series of burglaries. The police don't care and Brodie needs the cash. Brodie solves the crime but the thief is found dead, butchered by the owner of the house he was robbing. When the householder in turn is murdered, the whole community is in uproar - and Brodie's simple case of theft disintegrates into chaos. Into the mayhem strides Danny McRae - Brodie's old sparring partner from when they policed Glasgow's mean streets. Does Danny bring with him the seeds of redemption or retribution? As the murder tally mounts, Brodie discovers tainted gold and a blood-stained trail back to the concentration camps. Back to the horrors that haunt his dreams. Glasgow is overflowing with Jewish refugees. But have their persecutors pursued them? And who will be next to die?
Douglas Brodie is dead. The Glasgow Gazette announced the tragic death on 26 June 1947 of their chief crime reporter. Just three weeks before, life was rosy. After a tumultuous winter chasing war criminals across Glasgow, Douglas Brodie was revelling in the quiet life. His relationship with advocate Samantha Campbell was blossoming and he'd put the reins on his impulsiveness. Hope and promise filled the tranquil summer air. A day later, Brodie was arrested for the kidnap and murder of Scotland's top banker. The case against Brodie is watertight: caught with a gun in his hand next to a man with a bullet in the head - from Brodie's own revolver. He has no alibi. No witnesses. Despite Samantha's best efforts, Brodie faces the gallows. Is this the sordid end for a distinguished ex-copper, decorated soldier and man of parts?
Mingling actual historical events of the American Revolution, Shed No Tears introduces the reader to a collection of young men and women shaping their lives and a nation born from the wilderness of Colonial America. Jonathan Breckenridge, the patriotic rebel son of Boston s wealthiest candle maker; Zachary Clark, a man grounded in the earth, and the son of Charles Town s leading physician; Jackson Richards, the heir to Charles Town s largest plantation; and finally, Solomon Cooke, angry son of the maker of the most popular saddle in all of the North American colonies. Friends since childhood they are drawn even closer together, and eventually torn apart, by a common struggle against a far away King, and a greater struggle to convince their fellow citizens of the equality existing between all men. Shed No Tears is the interlocking saga of lives interwoven by fate, events and circumstances, and the winds of change. Historic, romantic, and haunting, Shed No Tears starts with the birth of a nation crippled by the hypocrisy of slavery, and ends in the classic style of toe to toe standoff between good and evil; idealism and greed; slavery and freedom; love and hate; and patriotism and treason.
Judicial hanging is regarded by many as being the quintessentially British execution. However, many other methods of capital punishment have been used in this country; ranging from burning, beheading and shooting to crushing and boiling to death. This book explores these types of execution in detail. Readers may be surprised to learn that a means of mechanical decapitation, the Halifax Gibbet, was being used in England five hundred years before the guillotine was invented. Boiling to death was a prescribed means of execution in this country during the Tudor period. From the public death by starvation of those gibbeted alive, to the burning of women for petit treason, this book examines some of the most gruesome passages of British history.
Find yourself, in your shed. Turn your she-shed or man cave into your own private escape with 101 simple, practical ideas. Take some well-deserved alone time and learn to preserve lemons and chillies, whittle a butter knife, tie your own fishing flies, keep chickens, plant a roof garden or make a camera obscura. Why not transform your shed itself? This book is full of inspiration for anyone who has dreamed of having an observatory, a sauna, a pub – or just a bit of peace and quiet at the bottom of the garden. The perfect gift for anyone who would rather be in their shed.
Retirement is a time of peace--the golden years. It is when our narrator expects to live out her pleasant, quiet life, until. . . She finds a body in her potting shed near the woods behind her lovely garden and suddenly finds her peace and quiet invaded by international crime, federal agents, and, shockingly, her own incarceration. Unweave this web of intrigue throughout this unimaginable intrusion on. . . her "golden years."
"Henry Herzog survived the liquidation of the Rzeszow ghetto and endured terrible hardships in forced labor camps until he managed to escape and join the partisans and take revenge on those who had killed most of his family. From their home in Cracow, Henry, his parents, his sister Fela, and his two brothers Szymon and Nathan were forced to move into the Rzeszow ghetto. The family survived initial round-ups for the death camps by securing "safe and essential" jobs working for the German railways. The Herzog family also managed to place their daughter with a sympathetic Polish family." "Herzog documents the increasing severity of Nazi rule in Rzeszow and the complicity of the Jewish council (the Judenrat) and Jewish police in the round-ups for the growing deportations to the Belzec concentration death camp. One of these deportations took his parents to their death. Just before the last transport in 1943, Herzog, his brothers, and his sister received forged identity papers from two Poles in the underground movement. As they prepared to flee Poland, Henry's brothers were caught, tortured, and killed by the Gestapo. Henry and his sister escaped to Hungary where Fela found refuge with another sympathetic family. Soon afterward Henry was betrayed and arrested. He escaped captivity and fled to Slovakia. Arrested again he was put on a train to the concentration camps. On the way Henry escaped by jumping off the train. He wandered into the Tatra Mountains where he finally encountered a group of Russian partisans, the Stalinova Brigade. Henry joined their group and tells how he avenged the deaths of his brothers and parents many times over."--BOOK JACKET.