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CSI Eddie Collins is called out late at night to work a crime in the rain outside a grimy bar. He is determined to save as much evidence as possible in spite of weather conditions and the arrival of a glory seeking police detective. The setting had me thinking I was watching a gritty black and white noir crime film from the 1950's.
Returning to his office cold, wet and tired Eddie finds an ominous "note" on his desk. Is it just a practical joke or is it real? This is where the book takes a very sinister turn and morphs into story line two. To say more would be a spoiler.
Andrew Barrett has become my new favorite authors. He is an original. I have read his first two books in the Roger Conniston SOCO series and loved them. I am going to read all his books and short stories.
The Note is an absolute gem.
I have enjoyed every story I have read from Andrew Barrett; this new story, THE NOTE, joins the list!
Told in first-person, Barrett let me ride along with Eddie as he processed a crime scene, return to his station to find a threatening note on his desk, and follow him home to observe the rest of his night. He even shared his thoughts with me! I will not share the rest of the time I spent with him; it is his story to relate.
Mr. Barrett made it possible. He wrote the story. I first felt curiosity; I was at a crime scene, after all. I like learning new things and learned a lot, not all of it connected to forensics. Let me tell you, Eddie can be funny, sarcastic, judgemental, and wry. It seems to depend on where he is, what he is doing, but most importantly--who is present with him. I learned he is smart, believes his work is important and strives to do it well. He is an empathic man, has little patience with "clowns", and is masterful in getting what he wants without reverting to violence. He swears a bit, but not very often. It didn't bother me.
Mr. Barrett helped me see the people, the crime scene, and Eddie's house; I was busy listening to Eddie, but heard him whisper about where we were, and the people that showed up that night. Sometimes I laughed, shook my head, or rolled my eyes at what was going through Eddie's mind. Most of all, I was scared! It was really tense and then I was more scared. It was a rough night, I tell you.
What? I'm a drama queen?! If you don't believe me, get your own copy of Eddie's story and read it for yourself. I bet you will agree with me, then! See how you feel when you tell people about that night. Then you'll know what it feels to be a called one yourself! Drama queen? Humph... I recommend this story!
Stand out features include the ease with which the author handles aberrant psychology, deranged personalities, and really dark subject matter, all without losing his sense of humor, which allows him to survive the worst of human nature. Eddie’s compassion and likableness shine through, in a world where few can afford such luxuries. While his fellow cops seem to use the brutality of the life on the streets to become hardened, Eddie uses it to remind him what’s worth holding on to. He’s not without his rough edges, but this being hard-boiled detective fiction, he wouldn’t be realistic without them.
Recommended for serial killer thriller fans who fancy dark and disturbing as a sub-genre, but can also appreciate a silver tongue.
I loved this story!!! The characters, the style of writing is excellent!!!! I can't wait to read the next one!
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