Open wounds by Douglas Skelton.
Davie McCall is tired. Tired of violence, tired of the Life. He's always managed to stay detached from the brutal nature of his line of work, but recently he has caught himself enjoying it.
In the final instalment in the Davie McCall series old friends clash and long buried secrets are unearthed as McCall investigates a brutal five-year-old crime.
Davie wants out, but the underbelly of Glasgow is all he has ever known. Will what he learns about his old ally Big Rab McClymont be enough to get him out of the Life? And could the mysterious woman who just moved in upstairs be just what he needs?
This was a good read with likeable characters. I found it slow . 3*.
Open Wounds Paperback – 1 April 2016
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- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1910745332
- ISBN-13 : 978-1910745335
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
- Publisher : Luath Press Ltd (1 April 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 416,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
A massive five stars for Open Wounds - Douglas Skelton has a canny knack of taking the reader on a journey that embroiled them into the "Life" but also transports them right onto the streets of Glasgow - through the tenement buildings, up the dark closes and places you'd never want to go - reading his books makes me live, breathe and experience the world of Davie McCall. - CHAPTERINMYLIFE Dark and satisfying, plenty of great dialogue and humour, that old cliche - a page-turner - well it is. What's even better is the economy of style in which Skelton wraps this all up - a shade under 250 pages. BIFF, BANG, BOSH! Job done - highly recommended! - COL'S CRIMINAL LIBRARY This is genuine Tartan Noir, grounded in the real recognisable Glasgow of today - a rare treasure amidst some of the overblown melodramatic dross which is so often wrongly acclaimed as giving an authentic picture of life here. I'm delighted to have stumbled across Douglas Skelton and he is now part of that select band of Scottish crime writers to whose future books I will look forward with keen anticipation. - FICTION FAN BLOG Reading Open Wounds was a joy on so many levels and the moments of levity gave a nice balance against some of the more gritty scenes. - GRAB THIS BOOK
About the Author
DOUGLAS SKELTON is an established true crime author, penning eleven books including Glasgow's Black Heart, Frightener and Indian Peter. He has appeared on a variety of documentaries and news programmes as an expert on Glasgow crime, most recently on STV's In Search of Bible John. His 2005 book Indian Peter was later adapted for a BBC Scotland radio documentary which he presented. His book Frightener, which was instrumental in cleaning the names of two men wrongly imprisoned for mass murder, is currently being made into a film. Blood City is his first foray into fiction.
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Excellent, sad to see the series endReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2019
The final book in the series and it's sad there will be no more books about anti-hero Davie McCall. There's an enigmatic ending to the story which leaves the reader room to interpret the outcome; I guess the dog's the key. Let's hope Douglas Skelton finds a new thread to pull. I'm a huge fan and wait, like others, eager to read anything else he offers.
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A. W. Skinner
Good writing, but terrible production.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2020
I really enjoy Mr Skelton's writing and he creates credible, if deeply unpleasant, characters. However, the Kindle version was very badly produced, with no chapter or scene breaks i.e. nothing to tell you that there was a change of scene. As a result, I found myself reading a dramatic scene, but the next sentence was about a completely different character in a different setting. I found it very off-putting, and it spoiled an otherwise very good book.
EnjoyableReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 May 2018
I really did enjoy this tough, uncompromising series of stories. A great well-written storyline with interesting characters but he warned. The editing of the final book is appalling. A paragraph ends and no little 🌟 to herald the next part of the story, but hey. You get used to it. And these stories must be read in order. Thank you, Mr Skelton
Brilliant writerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 September 2018
Douglas Skelton writes about Davie McCall in such a way that you feel you know him...you want him to overcome his demons and his past. There are four books in the series...all brilliant. Thank you Mr Skelton, more please.
Open WoundsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2016
Could not put it down from start to finish, I have read all the Davie McCall books and was not disappointed in Open Wounds. I would advise reading the other books first as this book encompasses the others.