I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI. I was finishing up at a sudden death in an old house, waiting for the body snatchers to arrive, when I heard a noise from the cellar.
I had time to kill, so I went to investigate.
Turns out I wasn’t the only one with killing on his mind.
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What can I say about this auctioned packed, perfectly formed Novella? Just that it is exciting and packed with tension, which rolls through the story like a breaking wave on the beach. It takes great skill to write a novella, to keep the pace and story exciting enough, yet perfectly paced for this shorter book form, but the author does it with great skill.
So why did I like it so much? For me, it was the humour that just popped up at unexpected moments. I knew I probably shouldn’t, but I found myself giggling at what felt like inappropriate moments and that is because the humour is deliciously dark. I work in an environment where humour is found in the oddest moments, often in the darkest of situations and acts like pressure valve that releases tension and that is what of the humour this book does so well, giving us the readers a window into and a world which is full of unimaginable acts.
The characterisation is superb as we once again get the chance to spend time with CSI Eddie Collins. He is clever, witty, sarcastic, with a withering sense of humour and has a healthy dislike of his managers and colleagues. He is very likable and you just can’t help wanting to spend time with him, even though as a reader, you spend half your time terrified he won’t survive the frightening situations he gets himself into. It’s his cleverness that warms you to him, he stands out from the crowd as a character and is forever surprising you with his skill and bravery.
His counterpoint in this novel is the killer of course. Seriously this is a mastermind of a creation. It’s hard to say too much without ruining the plot, but his motives and thought processes, the pleasure found in the suffering of others, is evil personified. Yet I couldn’t help be fascinated by Andrew Barrett’s character, he terrified me, but was such a well crafted creation, I read on and on to know his fate as much as Eddie himself.
This book is a real page turner and I whipped through it in one sitting. You’re gripped by the tension, the story that never relents and a compulsion to get to the end. It left me breathless and I’m even more of a fan of this series than I was already.
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About the author
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 120,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
You can find out more about him and his writing at http://www.andrew-barrett.co.uk