- File Size: 2797 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 150788348X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Ink Foundry (February 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T8QJ012
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#889,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #970 in Contemporary British Fiction
- #1207 in Heist Crime
- #1016 in 90-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
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The Lift: A CSI Eddie Collins Short Story Kindle Edition
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His lift mates for the ride up are the true odd couple, a young wannabe hood and a much older gentleman who is neatly dressed in dated clothes. They appear to know each other but Eddie senses something is off between the two. He is correct.
The lift stalls as it ascends. Tensions mount and the gripping, nail biting scene plays out in true Alfred Hitchcock style. Life and death struggles appear eminent with CSI Collins in the middle.
Will Eddie have another crime scene to process? Will he live to process apartment 68?
Loved this book. Andrew Barrett knows how to write an exciting short story.
The whole story takes place over perhaps 20 minutes or so, most of it in a stuck lift (“elevator” to us across the pond). Despite the extremely short time frame, author Andrew Barrett has created a vivid tale with outstanding prose, excellent dialogue, and distinctive characters. And the ending was a goody—I loved the penultimate sentence!
The first book in the Eddie Collins series is a tome of over 600 pages. I hate tomes. Despite that, based on what I saw of CSI Collins and Mr. Barrett’s terrific writing, I have downloaded The Third Rule (for only 99 cents as of this writing) in anticipation of enjoying more of the little taste of excellence provided by The Lift.
"The Lift" is a short story about Barrett's series hero, Eddie Collins, who is a British CSI. I originally got this story because, having seen the U.S. television version of "CSI" and its many offshoots, I was a bit curious about how they analyze crime scenes on the other side of the Atlantic. After reading this story, I still don't know much (other than the fact that they wear police-like uniforms, a key plot point), but it doesn't really matter. "The Lift" would be an excellent story no matter where it was set or, frankly, what the occupation of the lead character was.
In the actual story, the setting is a decaying apartment complex in England, where Eddie gets in a rickety. graffiti-riddled elevator to investigate a crime scene, in this case, a robbery of an elderly tenant living on an upper floor. Two other men enter the elevator at the same time, a man in his 60s wearing a suit, and a young, scruffily dressed man about 20. Then the elevator breaks down and the three wait. But it's not a pleasant wait, since Collins' two temporary lift mates obviously know each other and don't like each other very much. And something violent is about to happen.
That last sentence isn't a spoiler, since, in a brilliant bit of scene setting, author Barrett announces as much on the first page. The story, which is told in the first person from Collins' perspective, begins by him mentioning that he had just seen someone die for the first time and, at the same time, saw a person become a killer. In "The Lift," this dramatic bit of foreshadowing isn't a cheap gimmick, it's a highly effective way of building suspense. Because from this moment on, as soon as the unlikely threesome enter the elevator, the reader knows something bad is going to happen and starts observing everything Collins' lift mates say or do to try to guess just who is going to come to a bad end and how it will happen.
Alfred Hitchcock said that building suspense effectively involves letting the audience know something bad is about to happen when the characters don't. Author Barrett obviously took that lesson to heart, because, as the story begins to unfold, Collins is only mildly perturbed by being with two less-than-charming companions who are acting somewhat hinky. It's only gradually that he realizes just who the pair are and why they are acting the way they do. And, when tempers do flare, and Collins tries to keep things calm, the readers know just enough to know that his efforts probably won't be successful, but not enough to know just what's going to go wrong. As the story goes on, readers will also develop a bit of an understanding about Collins as a character as he tries to defuse the situation.
"The Lift" is a longish short story, but it's the perfect length to tell its tale. Barrett's premise probably couldn't be sustained for much longer, but, as it is, the story is a perfect example of a self-contained mini-thriller. For an American reader like myself, there are a couple of slang terms with which I wasn't familiar, but I could guess the meaning from the context fairly easily. Further, "The Lift" isn't a story whose readers will want to try to parse the meaning of each word. Instead, it becomes a mad dash to the finish to see just what's going to happen. After reading "The Lift," I still don't know all that much about what a British CSI does, but I do know that Eddie Collins is an interesting character and, more important, that Andrew Barrett is a heck of a crime writer.
I was inside the lift (elevator) with the three, CSI Eddie Collins, Grant and Reg. On the lift surfaces I could see the gritty oil residue from sweaty human touch. I could smell the breath inhibiting odors. I flinched when the tooth missed my face. I never heard it richocet off any surface.
"The Lift" is a well crafted story well worth a multiple of its current price of purchase.
Mr. Barrett, well done!
Eddie Collins has boarded an elevator and is just seconds from a clean liftoff when someone sticks his big shoe in between the doors as they are closing. This is not destined to be a solo ride for Eddie.
Top international reviews
Set almost entirely within the titular lift it is not so much a who-dunnit as a why-did-they-do-it, told in the first person by Eddie Collins, a CSI on his way to gather evidence from a distraction burglary in a Yorkshire high rise. Although a short story, it isn't short enough of course for the elevator to have made its way without issue - with Eddie and the two other occupants leaving with a cheery nod and friendly wave; so inevitably it breaks down between floors. After all that's what lifts should do in such scenarios.
The tension builds as we become privy to Eddie's thoughts, fears and anxieties; the claustrophobic setting adding to the sense of menace, as the reasons for the other two's presence are revealed.
It's certainly a good story, and will be sure to be devoured in one sitting. I'm not sure if I 'liked' Eddie or not, his cynicism and judgmental nature rubbed me up the wrong way a bit, but that was a good thing, it made him real and believable.
With such a short story it would be unfair to say too much more, other than I will certainly explore one of the full length novels in this series, and look forward to doing so.
Eddie Collins is a series character from Barrett, with four novels and a couple of shorter pieces featuring Eddie. Collins is a CSI and on his way to a high rise flat to collect some evidence. Two other characters, an older gentleman and a reluctant youth are his companions in the lift.
Inevitably the lift breaks down and our tale unfolds. Conflict is in the air.... tension, fear, a desire for justice, family, negotiation, a shared history and ultimately violence and an unforeseen outcome.
I did enjoy this one. There's a twist in the tale, which with stories of this nature is probably compulsory. Not that I enjoyed it any the less. I'll be reading more from Barrett with Eddie Collins in the future.
4 from 5
Read in June, 2018
Published - 2015
Page count - 51
Source - purchased copy (probably a freebie)
Format - Kindle
These unusual travelling companions start a heated argument which takes an unexpected turn, before Eddie's upward journey in the eponymous ancient lift can continue.
What will be the outcome? Which, if any, of the three does not make the rest of the lift's journey? Will Eddie get involved in the ensuing debacle - and if so, how?
Though tiny, this tale of the very unexpected packs a big emotional punch to the solar plexus that will leave you stunned and fascinated - don't miss it!
I obtained a free copy of Amazon and although I do find short stories often lack substance for obvious reasons, I still found this book a good read. I believe Andrew Barrett has written other full length novels using the character Eddie Collins and I am pretty sure I would find these more to my liking.
This short story is only 25 pages long but credit to the author he packs in an awful lot. The main character Eddie is on his way to the scene of a robbery and gets stuck in a lift with a boy and an ex policeman, who are also heading for the same place. When the lift gets stuck between floors all hell breaks loose. This short story is packed full of good characters and promises a lot for other books by this author which I intend to read.
From the first paragraph, I was hooked, and the appeal grew and grew with each page.
Having just one setting and three characters to tell a complete story is, I'm sure, very difficult, but Andrew has created a gripping and complete tale which challenges stereotype and questions thought, the character being thrown into a situation of intense pressure alongside the type of criminal he hates.
When you throw into the mix the issues of modern versus old school Policing and the effects both may have on today's criminal, you have a wonderful discussion piece which succeeds in asking the right questions.
Crime stories aren't just about the execution of a crime; they are about the effects of that crime, both on the victim and the perpetrator and all those around them.
The Lift succeeds in covering all of those issues and therefore deserves a five star review.
The author has managed to create a really meaty story in such a very short read - the writing was excellent - the characters very believable - and he managed to generate some high tension with the characters trapped within this claustrophobic metal container and in such close proximity. Turns out they're all heading for the same place, but a lot happens before they reach the tenth floor! A great little read.
David Staniforth's review Feb 18, 15 · edit
5 of 5 stars
I normally avoid short stories, as they usually leave me cold. I either don't enjoy them at all, or if I do I feel dissatisfied, as if I've been shortchanged.
This did not impart those feelings.
I read it moments ago while having my lunch. A very fast read, that is perfectly executed. It has left me wanting more though, and fortunately I have more of Mr Barrett's work on my kindle.
Now I just need to find time to read them. Be assured though, I certainly will.
Barrett's characters are never two-dimensional, even the `bad' guys eliciting sympathy. Eddie is as world-worn and blackly humorous as ever, a character with such depth.
This short is good. Very good, in fact. But it can't escape being just a short story and it makes me long for Barrett's longer work, where you *really* get under the skin of his grimy characters.
Didn't really get a feel of knowing the main character but intreged by the moral dilemma of the story ..
Does the end justify the means? I think if it's personal, your take can be different ...
Looking forward to reading next instalment