Bitter Water, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780857896070



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An unusual plot set in post-war Glasgow, the central character being Douglas Brodie, former detective and a Major in the Seaforth Highlanders during WWII. Brodie is a journalist on the Gazette and understudying the paper's soon to retire chief reporter. The characters are well drawn and the period detail is extensive and apparently well-researched. There is much description in Glasgow / Scottish dialect which some might find difficult but adds authenticity and colour. Recommended.

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