Sat 19 March 2011, The Times

The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

By Marcel Berlins
The Hanging Shed is a reference to the room that, in the days of capital punishment, contained the gallows. It is where Hugh Donovan, convicted of the savage murder of a young boy in Glasgow in 1946 — and suspected of other such killings — is to be executed in a few weeks. Douglas Brodie, a childhood friend and former policeman, returns from war to face a plea from Donovan to exculpate him. He investigates, helped by Donovan’s trial advocate. So far, so not original, plot-wise. But Ferris scores with some unexpected twists, a convincing portrayal of sad, edgy postwar Glasgow and a background of lost love. Incidentally, The Hanging Shed is already a bestseller — as an e-book, available from Amazon for £1.
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