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The Third Rule: When the law fails, the killing starts (CSI Eddie Collins Book 1) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Andrew writes precisely that kind of crime thriller, and has done since 1996, about the same time he became a CSI in Yorkshire.
He doesn't write formulaic fiction; each story is hand-crafted to give you a unique flavour of what CSIs encounter in real life - and as a practising CSI, he should know what it's like out there. His thrillers live inside the police domain, but predominantly feature CSIs (or SOCOs as they used to known).
Here's your chance to walk alongside SOCO Roger Conniston and CSI Eddie Collins as they do battle with the criminals that you lock your doors to keep out, fighting those whose crimes make you shudder.
This is as real as it gets without getting your hands bloody.
Find out more about him at andrewbarrett.co.uk where you can sign up for his newsletter and claim your free starter library
- ASIN : B00BJM3RI0
- Publisher : The Ink Foundry; 3rd edition (February 20, 2013)
- Publication date : February 20, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2163 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 572 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #860,029 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One thing I have to give him credit for is the ability to create characters that you despise down to your very core. There is not a redeeming characteristic anywhere in their bodies!!! I was so ready for the bad guys to "get theirs"! Another thing that you should be prepared for is that Mr Barrett's pen is sharper than a cleaver. Don't become too attached to the characters; he can be vicious!! All in all, I highly recommend The Third Rule, even with the problems I had with it. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series.
Not that this was a problem. It’s perfectly possible to read and appreciate the books out of order without impairing understanding. But reading book one can be very interesting, because we learn the subtleties that make up the character’s profile and make us love him.
It’s very interesting to see how the story is built, detail by detail, until everything is connected and we have the complete picture. Barrett does this with extreme mastery.
For me, characters are always the fundamental pieces for a good story. Eddie is extremely well-built, and he doesn’t fall into the commonplace category of perfect and invincible protagonists. He is a ‘real’ man, with virtues and defects and a unique view of the world around him; and also a grumpy guy that I love to love.
Besides Eddie, other characters add spice to the story and are equally well-built. My favorites are Christian, Mike, Ros, and Benson. It’s extremely pleasant to follow each one of them.
The characters are so well-written that they make us feel like we’re part of the story. It’s distressing to follow Christian’s ordeal. And then there’s the unusual and troubled relationship between Mike and Eddie; the wit and vulnerability of Ros, Eddie’s partner; and the antagonism between Eddie and Benson.
‘The Third Rule’ is the gateway to the Eddie Collins universe. It makes us understand why we love the character so much, and why he’s the reason we keep wanting more of his stories.
Every page of "The Third Rule" pulled me deeper into Eddie Collins' world. The unlikely hero grabbed hold of my emotions, and propelled me through each page of his tortured existence.
"The Third Rule" was initially well outside my normal comfort zone - the 250 page "cozy mystery!" There is nothing "cozy" about Eddie Collins' world. But from the start I was pulled into his world and couldn't wait to turn each page as his saga continued.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries with intriguing character development, multiple storylines and lots of surprises. It was well worth stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone! Andrew Barrett is a master who has earned a new lifelong fan!
Top reviews from other countries
It’s an intense and complex story with some big themes, such as the return of the death penalty into the justice system and how power corrupts, coupled with personal tragedy and rivalries. But at its heart is a story of how one man triumphs over trauma and the demons that haunt him to fight the corruption that threatens to destroy him. He’s not alone in his fight, and there’s a price to pay for standing up to those who want to silence him.
Though not an easy read at times, this is a raw and gritty thriller with a slick plot, plenty of tension and an exciting climax. I would have preferred the story to end right there on a high as I was quite breathless, metaphorically speaking, with that satisfied feeling you get when the climax is over.
I loved the forensic and scenes of crime details, which brought the scenes to life, and helped this story to stand out in a crowded crime fiction market.
Not really a mystery as everything was self evident except how it would all be drawn together and it was skilfully done.
The power craziness and self righteousness of politicians may have been exaggerated a bit but sadly it was somewhat plausible. Similarly the attitude of certain police was Neanderthal and a bit 1970s.
Eddie’s boss was not very good as he could not see evidence in front of his very eyes that Stuart was an absolute ratbag yet he seemed to favour him over Eddie.
Mick and Eddie were to some extent idiotic with decision making not their strong points.
Not everything in the story unfolded in a way I expected, certainly as far as casualties were concerned.
I liked the story but can’t say I took to any of the main characters and didn’t really care what happened to them. Nonetheless I enjoyed the read and found it difficult to put the book down.
So, this is a rather convoluted story but even with my rubbish concentration and memory, I never lost the thread as the book kept my attention well throughout. We meet and get to know many different characters and they are all very well fleshed out and individual and thus, easy for me to distinguish, connect to and emote with. During the book, these individual story threads weave about each other, meeting and then diverging again. As the book goes on, the thread count decreases as they finally all come together and the overall picture we see steadily increases until eventually, we get to see it all.
So, Eddie, a SOCO who is a bit down on his luck - not from his own doing originally but he really isn't doing himself any favours any more and is pretty much on a steep downward spiral. Then, one day, tragedy strikes him again and thus begins his personal involvement into crime and punishment - the main themes of the book. Capital punishment to be precise. Eddie, along with his equally obnoxious friend and journalist Mick, then face a race against time to unearth the corruption within the government before things go too far. Before they get themselves killed - legally or otherwise.
This author really does know how to weave a good yarn. Yes, it's a bit convoluted at times, yes I did wonder occasionally where we were going, yes I did spend a little time trying to figure out how on earth the book was going to end but never, never was I bored or confused or lost the plot. Sometimes you just want to read an easy book to kill some time, this probably isn't the book for that. This is a book that you will probably need to invest in. Not one to be read in bits and bobs. I know it's a long book but, believe me, if you invest your time in it, you will be rewarded with a great story played out by great characters.
I received a free ARC of this book from TBConFB in exchange for my honest review.
Eddie although a flawed hero was likeable enough that you rooted for him. In part I think to the fact good people cared about him. The baddie of the story was powerful and monsterous. His manipulations not always be being successful made him more relatable.
Who would I recommend this book to? Anyone who enjoys crime thrillers, or books about people corrupted by power.