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The Note: When the past comes back to bite you (CSI Eddie Collins) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B071RTLBZK
- Publisher : The Ink Foundry; 2nd edition (May 2, 2017)
- Publication date : May 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1307 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 88 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #895,944 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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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.
For those who want to know: This one has language and violence.
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A very clever play with words combined with complex but believable characters kept me enraptured from start to finish.
Never quite expecting what would come next, the author holds our complete attention , trying always to second guess our expected reaction to a chain of events. Even down to the very end, asking our villain (in a Freudian way) for a cigarette. Loved it, it's use of a mixed ensemble of characters even down to grammar correction, had me spellbound but laughing simultaneously. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommend to all
So, I can only assume I must have missed something when reading 'The Note' as unlike many other reviewers of this short story, I was not bowled over by it.
The description above is all I can say about the book as 1) it’s a short story and 2) to say anymore would spoil the enjoyable read, and I hate reviews with spoilers in then.
I read this book in a day and probably took me just over an hour to read on my commute to and from work.
I’m a big fan of CSI type programmes and therefore was nice to read how Eddie Collins works and for a book to be centred around him personally.
I’m an avid book reader and buyer and am terrible for buying books and then leaving in my TBR list, like I have done with this one, which has been there since June 2017 and due to being re-released by the lovely people at Bloodhound Books with a snazzy new cover gave me the perfect opportunity to read this and find out what I have been missing.
Due to my pure unadulterated shame in buying books and then leaving in my TBR list (which I am sure my fellow book bloggers and book worms do!), I have a few more Eddie Collins books to read and will shortly be moving these up my TBR list and am looking to the months of July (well end of July at least) and August where I will be reading books for my own pleasure and off my enormous TBR list and lets hope that Eddie Collins appears in that list.
When Eddie returns to his office desk, (after a run-in with another officer he calls Dibble, and a sidekick), a note is found on his desk, saying, 'your going to die tonight'; Eddie recognises the handwriting as that of Alex his first love, when they were both 18. What happens subsequently is both shocking and thrilling as Eddie ends up fighting for his life, as another victim who received the same note, pays the ultimate price in his place - though not before Eddie is scarred and beaten.
A fast-paced psychological thriller that will keep your heart thumping and you perched on the edge of your seat throughout!
An outstanding first Eddie Collins novella that packs one helluva punch-definitely not to be missed!
My review rules are: The more stars, the more I liked it.
If there are too many typos or errors the less stars I give
If the storyline or plot is poor or contains too many errors, the characters are too weak, the ending lacking something, then the less stars I give.
Simple, uncomplicated and to the point without giving anything away.
Some of the books I read have been given to me by the author as a pre-release copy and this does not bias my reviews in any way.