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Glasgow's mean streets just got meaner. Can Davie McCall survive?"Meet Davie McCall - not your average henchman. Abused and tormented by his father for fifteen years, there is a darkness in him searching for a way out. Under the wing of Glasgow's Godfather, Joe "the Tailor" Klein, he flourishes.Joe the Tailor may be a killer, but there are some lines he won't cross, and DaGlasgow's mean streets just got meaner. Can Davie McCall survive?"Meet Davie McCall - not your average henchman. Abused and tormented by his father for fifteen years, there is a darkness in him searching for a way out. Under the wing of Glasgow's Godfather, Joe "the Tailor" Klein, he flourishes.Joe the Tailor may be a killer, but there are some lines he won't cross, and Davie agrees with his strict moral code. He doesn't like drugs. He won't condone foul language. He abhors violence against women. When the Tailor refuses to be part of Glasgow's new drug trade, the hits start rolling. It's every man for himself as the entire criminal underworld turns on itself, and Davie is well and truly caught up in the action.But an attractive young reporter makes him wonder if he can leave his life of crime behind and Davie must learn the hard way that you cannot change what you are. Blood City is a novel set in Glasgow's underworld at a time when it was undergoing a seismic shift. A tale of violence, corruption and betrayal, loyalties will be tested and friendships torn apart....

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Number of Pages : 331 Pages
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Blood City Reviews

  • Stephen
    2018-10-30 20:14

    Really enjoyed this one - quick read with great characters and lots of unforeseen twists.Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  • Frédéric
    2018-10-17 21:30

    Your classic noir /crime story with an excellent style.Glasgow, 1980. Gangland tensions rise when mobster Joe "the Tailor" refuses to take part in an association to start dealing drug on a large scale. War is brooding.All the usual suspects are in this book: Joe the old school mobster, father figure for Davie, the main character. Davie, who suffered from a violent father, faithful as a dog to Joe. Rab, his king-sized best mate. Boyle, Davie's nemesis and his mate Sinclair. Jones, who wants to run drugs in Glasgow, opposed to Joe. Not to forget Donovan and Knight as the good cop/dirty cop dynamic duo.Sounds lousy, eh? Well, it's not. Why so?The style, baby, the style.Douglas Skelton actually writes with a good and concise style. Nothing too fancy. Clean and clear. Not too descriptive yet with a good sense of settings and atmosphere. Excellent dialogues, with accent and local slang and all. It totally rang true to my ear and from other reviews I've read on GR it had the same effect on Glasgowians who should know about it. As archetypal as they are the characters are surprisingly interesting. I've seen their kind dozens of time but still they felt almost new to me and I cared about them. A classic plot enhanced by some nice twists, good characters, settings and dialogues. Nothing that's not been done before but done with style. Sometimes that's all the difference you need.

  • Alfred Nobile
    2018-10-17 18:10

    Douglas Skelton is known as a non-fiction writer and this is his fiction book. This book is set in the Glasgow of 1970's. I could relate to the time frame and the setting. Being from Glasgow myself I had no problem imaging the places where scenes are set. This is a fast moving book and will appeal to lovers of crime fiction. I will look forward to reading the sequel and would urge you all to read this fast, easy and enjoyable read. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  • Colette Lamberth
    2018-11-05 17:35

    What a great book! Reading this was like stepping back in time to the late 70s. Lots of phrases in it that I haven't heard in years. The whole thing just reeks of authenticity in terms of the characters and the Glasgow setting. Highly recommended.

  • Col
    2018-11-01 17:05

    Synopsis/blurb….Meet Davie McCall - not your average henchman. Abused and tormented by his father for fifteen years, there is a darkness in him searching for a way out. Under the wing of Glasgow's Godfather, Joe 'the Tailor' Klein, he flourishes. Joe the Tailor may be a killer, but there are some lines he won't cross, and Davie agrees with his strict moral code. He doesn't like drugs. He won't condone foul language. He abhors violence against women. When the Tailor refuses to be part of Glasgow's new drug trade, the hits start rolling. It's every man for himself as the entire criminal underworld turns on itself, and Davie is well and truly caught up in the action. But an attractive young reporter makes him wonder if he can leave his life of crime behind and Davie must learn the hard way that you cannot change what you are. Blood City is a novel set in Glasgow's underworld at a time when it was undergoing a seismic shift. A tale of violence, corruption and betrayal, loyalties will be tested and friendships torn apart.-----------------My take......Having read and enjoyed the fourth and final Davie McCall book Open Wounds a month or two ago, I decided to backtrack and read the first three in the series.Blood City introduces us to Davie and his position of employ with criminal boss, Joe the Tailor in the early 80s. Davie and his best friend Rab McClymont are the young Turks in Joe the Tailor’s operation. We learn of Davie’s troubled upbringing which saw him witness his father killing his mother in a drunken rage. McCall Snr. flees after the deed and hasn’t been seen since, though he casts a firm shadow over young Davie throughout the book.Dannie McCall was well known throughout Glasgow’s criminal fraternity and when people see Davie he is immediately reminded of who his father was. Davie wears this association like a badge of shame. Although a criminal at heart, he is nothing like his father. We discover Joe’s history also and what he endured during WW2 as a young Jew in Poland, before relocating to Glasgow. There’s a close bond between Davie and Joe, almost a father and son relationship.Skelton also introduces us to several of Glasgow’s finest, led by Jack Bannatyne, with “black” Jimmy Knight and Frank Donovan his leading detectives. Teamed together they have differing morals and outlooks on how their policing should be conducted. The black Knight all too happy to overstep the mark and use violence on witnesses or intimidate prostitutes into providing some easy gratification. Donovan, happily married is the other side of the coin.A scheme to import a massive shipment of drugs, by a Glasgwegian criminal cooperative, fully embracing Thatcher’s spirit of free enterprise, sets a gangland feud in place when Joe the Tailor declines to participate.Death follows as the various players jockey for position and a share of the profits. Joe’s a marked man. Jimmy Knight has ambitions also and is happy to play a long game. Davie’s on a few people’s radar and his new romance may not be his salvation.Top marks again for Skelton – character, setting, action, plot and pace – all massive ticks in the box. Everything I like about crime fiction bundled up in a 220 page offering...........criminals with morals, friendships under pressure, outcome uncertain.Roll on book 2! (Crow Bait - if you’re interested!)5 from 5Open Wounds was reviewed here.http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08...Douglas Skelton has his website here.http://www.douglasskelton.com/Borrowed from my local library. Read in August, 2016.http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08...

  • Kath
    2018-10-26 00:13

    This is the first book in a new series and, as such, there is a lot of scene setting, character introductions and back story but there is also a bucket load of action. This book kicked off from the first page and didn't let go until the last, Actually, it hasn't let go yet cos there is more to be told as I believe this will be a series of four books.I am always quite wary of books that feature bad guys as main characters but, like all good gangster types, Davie McCall et al have their own set of values and codes that they adhere to. The main story running through this book is gang rivalry and features a whole host of, what come across as, very real characters from crime lords to lackeys to sidekicks and bodyguards to reporters and police, they are all individually crafted, have their own agendas and means of getting what they want. The lines between good and evil certain blur in this book and, for a short book, there are an awful lot of major players but I never got lost or confused.The dialogue is mostly written in the vernacular but is easy to read. I do admit to having to look up a few words, but the majority were easily guessable from the context and so none of that distracted me from the story.The scene setting in Glasgow was also easy to picture (and I am not usually a visual reader) the author really got the tone of some of the places he was describing. All in all, a good read and a great start to a new series.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-18 23:23

    Couldn't put it down!Blood City is a fantastic novel based around gang warfare in 1970/80s Glasgow. This book brought the streets of Glasgow and their inhabitants alive and I could almost feel myself walking along Duke St and down the High Street towards the Tolbooth and Saltmarket and through the East End - living in Glasgow and having spent much of my time in these areas in my younger years this book was completely realistic - you can feel the menace as you read and the adrenaline was pumping as the story unfolded.While the story is told through the eyes of Davie McCall there are a wealth of characters introduced some more likeable than others despite their gangland background; police brutality Nd corruption is rife and it would seem the good guys are non existent in Blood City. But Davie McCall is a strong character with his own set of values and moral code - band I am looking forward to seeing where it develops from here.Blood City fed my visual imagination, satisfied my love of realism within the crime genre and I just couldn't put it down! Even if you don't have connections to my beautiful city I would recommend that you read this book

  • Lynne McCartney
    2018-10-17 20:10

    Absolutely loved it! Great characters, great story, great setting! Made better by the fact I was familiar with a lot of the locations. Well paced and left me wanting more. So glad I have already purchased the second in the series, moving straight onto it! I'm sure other fans of the crime genre will love it!

  • Theweebarrell
    2018-11-02 23:25

    Really enjoyed this book the story and the characters were realistic . being from Glasgow I recognized the street names and places and could visualize them being there and it was very true of the crime lords/ gangsters from back then . I can't wait to read the next book. Would recommend this .

  • Linda Wright
    2018-11-12 17:13

    Douglas Skelton is well versed in crime writing – as a journalist and author of true crime books. This is his first foray into fictional crime, and he doesn’t disappoint.Davie McCall is a young man whose life was brutally torn apart when his mother is murdered. The book is about him and those he runs with – hard men, villainous, ofttimes ruthless, yet in pre-drug culture 1970’s/1980’s Glasgow there’s a sense of fairness and a twisted sense of honour in the life Davie leads. Under the care of old-time villain Joe the Tailor, Davie is a strongarm and gofer alongside his friends Rab and Bobby. But life isn’t fair, the drug scene is pounding to get in, and Joe The Tailor’s refusal to participate creates a violent backlash.Douglas Skelton has the innate ability to bring humanity to the bad guys, to show their kindness and heart as well as their violence and brutality. His good guys are as likely to be hardmen and villains as the villains themselves are, and in a way this is more distressing, for the police are meant to be the people you turn to, and not all of them are there to help. Skelton gives depth to every character. Davie McCall’s love for an honest woman, the way he rescues a wee mistreated dog, his loyalty to surrogate father Joe The Taylor, all have the reader rooting for him. Joe The Taylor too is principled – never hit a woman or a child, don’t get involved in drugs, take care of your own. Possibly the most loathsome character is PC Jimmy Knight, an efficient police officer whose approach to law enforcement is to do what is necessary rather than what is legal.This is a great book – the characters are believable and likeable, the story tight and well-written. There are twists and turns throughout that will keep you on your toes.The first book in a series, Blood City is a great introduction to the twisted mind of Douglas Skelton. You’ll turn the last page and want to go out and buy the next book right away.

  • Russ
    2018-11-08 16:16

    Great tartan noir! Looking forward to the next Douglas Skelton book!!! Highly recommended

  • MS White
    2018-10-17 17:17

    Gritty, realistic, absorbing…“Blood City” is the first of a series of novels charting the life and times of one Davie McColl, a small-time crook and street-fighter. Set in 1980s Glasgow, the author paints a vivid picture of a city on the verge of change in so many ways: the demolition of the old slums, the emergence of a new, prosperous middle-class… and the decline of an old, almost honourable, gangster tradition, and the old-style police who opposed them with methods often alarmingly similar to those of the criminals.The notions surrounding the characters – loyalty, unswerving hatreds, rivalries (even among the police) and sectarian attitudes – are all handled well, bringing the feel of the old Glasgow well to the fore. Detail abounds – the feel of the tenements, the dark alleyways where much of the action takes place, the first awkward awakenings of what might be genuine human feelings within our unlikely hero at the advanced age of around eighteen. The reasons behind his actions and attitudes are well developed over the course of the story – matters which also inform his relationships in the “present day” of the narrative. I found all the main characters to be believable, very immediate, with just enough description to allow me to flesh them out in my mind’s eye without ever demanding specifics that might have detracted from the story.I am not a great fan of crime drama, but this was a good read, very easy to follow, and full of absorbing, realistic touches. Certainly four easy stars, with a good chance of five.

  • Theresa Talbot
    2018-11-05 16:26

    Only recently discovered Douglas Skelton - loved this book set in Glasgow. It captured the setting and era perfectly without being parochial. Brilliant character studies where the reader genuinely sympathises with Glasgow hard-men and some thoroughly unlikable gangsters. I fell in love with Davie McCall and my heart went out to him! Skelton writes very difficult and at times gory scenes in a very 'matter of fact' way that we can see this is a way of life for the central characters and the author's experience as a true-life crime writer is evident in his portrayal of police procedure - one wonders how much is true! I look forward to the next one...

  • Linda
    2018-11-03 23:23

    This is a straightforward tale of loyalty and friendship among criminals and is set in the east end of Glasgow in the days before drugs took over. It was an enjoyable read with a enough twists and unexpected turns to keep it enjoyable. It was easy for me to picture the events and where they happened, having grown up in the east end of Glasgow during the 1970's. I would probably categorise this as the male equivalent of a chick-lit novel, enjoyable, easy to read and almost instantly forgettable.

  • Fiona Mccormick
    2018-10-21 22:26

    This is the first of the Davie McCall series which I have had on my kindle for ages and so glad I have finally got around to reading!Love the Glasgow patter and the realistic setting of gangland Glasgow in the 70s and 80s. The only slight criticism I have is that I found there were too many characters, and I had to go back and forward quite a bit to recap on who was who. However, I know this is the first in the series and the scene had to be set. The main characters were written brilliantly and the feel of the book is very atmospheric of the time.

  • Craig Winning
    2018-11-02 20:17

    A gripping, dark tale of 1970s Glasgow and the violence associated with it as told by an author who has written several true crime novels on this area.Douglas Skelton's first foray into fictional crime writing provides enough twists and turns to leave the reader gripped while providing a fascinating tale of loyalty, deception and gang rivalry.

  • Peter Carroll
    2018-10-24 19:35

    A solid, well-written, crime thriller, with an interesting cast of characters. I wasn't blown away but I enjoyed it enough to read the next in the series - particularly as it was on a special offer when I downloaded it.

  • Jack
    2018-11-05 23:05

    A Glasgow gangster book - predictable story & characters. Probably 4/10.

  • Bill Howie
    2018-11-12 17:15

    Not too bad a book although I felt some of the plot was quite similar to The Godfather.

  • Rog Harrison
    2018-11-02 21:13

    This is a book about gangsters in Glasgow in the 1980s. It's part of a series so there is a fair bit of background on the various characters, both police and criminal, who will return in later books. It's a decent story with lots of twists and I certainly wanted to finish it to see what happened but I did not really like the author's writing style. The main thing which bothered me was that in one scene the author confused the names of two of the characters. Given that both these characters were gangsters who had been murdered and given that there is much double crossing in the story I was totally confused. I read and re-read several passages in the book thinking this does not make sense until I finally realised that the author had simply mixed up the names! I will try another book in this series because I do like books set in places I know.