As you might expect from the series title Hunter J Walker selected Glasgow as the setting for the majority of his novels in his Douglas Ashburner series Death on the Clyde because of its history. This picture symbolises much of what happened to the city in the second half the Twentieth century and the beginning of the Twenty-first.
The banks of the river Clyde were once crowded with cranes of this type and this remaining example, with the Armadillo in the background, has been preserved as a token of the city's lost industrial past.
The transition from one of the shipbuilding capitals of the world to a commerical hub has been traumatic and the social consequences gained it the title of the murder capital of Europe. Although this may be untrue it would be a brave man to assume that part of the city's past is gone and forgotten.