Glasgow’s melting. The temperature is rising and so is the murder rate. Douglas Brodie, ex-policeman, ex-soldier and newest reporter on the Glasgow Gazette, has no shortage of material for his crime column. But even Brodie balks 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.
"Brodie's back with a Vengeance !"
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. The man who eventually returns is horribly burned, only venturing out for heroin to deaden his pain. When a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect, but Donovan claims he's innocent. Brodie feels compelled to help him. Working with advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie finds an unholy alliance of troublesome priests, corrupt coppers and a razor gang....
Danny McRae, private detective scraping a living in ration-card London. Eve Copeland, crime reporter, looking for new angles to save her career. It's an alliance made in heaven. Until Eve disappears, a contact dies violently and an old adversary presents Danny with some unpalatable truths.
Danny McRae has set up as a private investigator - what else is a demobbed SOE agent to do now that the war is over? Elegant, upper-class Kate Graveney has made a shocking admission, and Danny needs to get her off the hook. It's a struggle. The head injury that gouged his memory of an entire mission to France also gives him blackouts.
"Robbie MacNab is a Delight"
He's dead. So says his own newspaper, the Glasgow Gazette: Douglas Brodie, 25 January 1912 - 20 July 1947. Just four weeks before, a senior banker was kidnapped. Brodie delivered the ransom money, but the drop went disastrously wrong. Brodie was coshed in the kidnappers' den. He woke with a gun in his hand next to a very dead banker with a bullet in his head.
Brodie is approached by the Jewish community to solve a series of thefts. But the thief is found dead, knifed by the owner of the house he was robbing. When the householder is also found murdered, the whole community is in uproar. But when Brodie investigates further, he discovers that the dead man was a sadistic camp guard. Is there a group of Nazi guards hiding among the genuine Jewish refugees? Meanwhile, Brodie is plunged back into the horrors he witnessed during the liberation of Poland.