Another winner from Andrew Barrett I don t know when I ve found an author that I enjoy as much as I do Mr Barrett I have done nothing but read his books for the last 3 weeks I only wish he could write as fast as I can read. I really enjoyed this, crime from the perspective of the soco, will be reading of the writer First Book In The Dead Trilogy A Long Time Dead Asks Is Forensic Evidence Incontrovertible How Would You Feel If Forensic Evidence Incorrectly Incriminated You In The World Of Crime Scene Investigation, Roger Conniston Is One Of West Yorkshire Police S Finest But His Chequered Past Catches Up With Him When Forensic Evidence Implicates Him In The Death Of A Young Woman Arrested For Murder, Conniston Must Prove The Evidence Was Planted And Manipulated But How Can He Do That From Inside A Cell, Especially When His Prime Suspect Is A High Ranking Police Officer, And Not Even His Friends Believe Him This book is an exciting and complex tale about a SOCO working towards a promotion He has problems at home and further problems with work colleagues, one of whom he is convinced has been dealing in guns The story unfolds and with it the richness of the characters and their interactions with one another There are two murders in the story and we are rather misled as to the perpetrator as were the police The language used throughout the book is really well thought out, descriptive and inspiring I very much enjoyed it The author is in this line of work himself and writes with authority I loved the way the story built gradually and I thought I knew who was to blame but of course, I didn t The ending is almost a cliff hanger and although I have started another book, I know I shall very soon read Book 2 The man has a story telling talent and I love to find another good author I liked the story the author told but found the first half of the book quite frustrating There were many named characters plus acronyms of organizations which I had to keep flipping back to make sense of However, the serial killer storyline united with the domestic problems of the two lead characters made the book a mystery worth reading.I received this book free from the author to read and review. I adore this author s Eddie Collins series, so want to read everything else he s written I ve had this a while, having got it for free, possibly by joining the mailing list, or maybe just from I was leery that his earlier work wouldn t be as good as his recent offerings Sadly, this proved to be true.Set in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1999 I m not sure if this reflects when it was written or if it was deliberately set in a primitive era for forensics this features Roger Conniston, an experienced Crime Scene technician, married to Yvonne, who is crippled with rheumatoid arthritis Roger is having an affair with the Occy Health counsellor he s seeing about the stress of his possible promotion, which he only wants to live up to the expectations of his horrible dead Dad, and nightmares about dead bodies having devoted himself excessively to his work.His best friend and senior colleague Chris is also in line for the job, and while Roger naively thinks the best man will win, and that they can still be friends, Chris is convinced the job is his and doesn t care if that s the end of their friendship Roger spends his free time stalking a corrupt Detective Inspector, Weston, that he previously tried to have arrested for gun dealing When two young women are murdered and the evidence points to Roger himself, he s sure Weston has framed in in revenge, and Roger will have to use his skills to prove his innocence.This was a well written atmospheric thriller that features Crime Scene examination and evidence recovery techniques at a level of detail that I found fascinating but might be too much for some readers, and a protagonist who was difficult to warm to There were few likeable characters, in fact, and the only humour the constant insults colleagues hurl at one another The constant grime, stink and run down buildings, and the incessantly atrocious weather, were pretty depressing too I found it hard to believe that people who have worked with Roger for nearly ten years are so quick to believe he s a serial killer and refuse to countenance that evidence could ve been planted, or that knowing he s really good at his job, they think he would be so careless as to leave said evidence For a smart guy, Roger comes across as ridiculously naive The perpetrator, their motivation and methods were so obvious that I spent most of the book hoping to be proved wrong I was wrong about how it would end though, there s a bit of a cliffhanger and plenty to be resolved in the following books, which I do plan to read when I get a chance.Overall this is still worth a read but if you haven t read anything else by Andrew Barrett you should definitely try his later books before deciding he s not for you. Another great story as has come to be expected by Barrett I love the twists and turns Just when you think you have it figured out, you realize you don t LOL Slow burning, but fascinating If you like the details of a police procedural, then this one is right up your street It might not have the pace of some thrillers, but the story line is good, the characters are well defined and all too believable, and the quality of writing is above average Stick with it and I m confident you ll enjoy the ride. Fantastic Thriller I already knew that Andrew Barrett was a great Author after reading The End of Lies which is an amazing story This book is just as good, and I thoroughly enjoyed it One thing he does really well, is putting the time into each of his characters, and their backgrounds This certainly shows with so many great characters Another highlight is, there s than one thing happening alongside the main plot, which for me always makes for an interesting and entertaining story This is definitely a book you could immerse yourself amongst the pages for hours.Roger Conniston can t believe that Inspector Colin Weston somehow weaseled his way out of trouble, after he supposedly lost a truck full of guns and ammunition It baffled Roger that the Investigators fell for Weston s story However, Roger isn t prepared to give up that easily, and he s certainly confident that he ll catch Weston in the act of selling illegal fire arms Meanwhile Roger is competing for the Head of the Department, in the Scenes of Crime area against his friend Chris They both have extensive experience as civilian crime scene officers, but Chris really needs the pay rise, and besides, he clearly thinks he s the best man for the job Rogers s world is turned upside down when he s accused of murdering a girl, and there aren t many that believe he s innocent I m really glad that the Author has made this story into a series, and I m really looking forward to book 2 after enjoying this one so much. Where to begin Roger Conniston is a SOCO with the Yorkshire police He is up for promotion along with his friend Chris They re both being trialled for the job He is also secretly following Inspector Weston, who he knows is dealing in stolen weapons, with a view to seeing him arrested.A couple of murders where women have their throats slashed are keeping the SOCOs busy but Roger also has a sick wife to deal with You start to get the feeling that something very fishy is going on And soon Roger is arrested for the second murder Evidence puts him at the scene Although he protests he is innocent he is thrown into a holding cell, only to have some unpleasant visitations from Weston Is Weston trying to frame him for this murder to get him off his tail Roger realises his only hope is to clear his name and find out who framed him, how and why He escapes and, with the help of a SOCO newbie who believes him, manages to find some new evidence But in his quest for help with this he has to be careful who he turns to Someone may want to stab him in the back.This is a slow burn The action arrives in the second half of the book but you are already well hooked by then Populated with genuine seeming characters who are neither black nor white and with a very plausible plot, I was absolutely riveted as Roger stumbled to the truth The forensic information is detailed and appears to be spot on I succumbed again and straight away got hold of the second book.
Hi everyone,My name is Andrew Barrett and I live and work in West Yorkshire.My work focuses on the world of Scenes of Crime Officers SOCOs or CSIs I try to offer a unique insight into this often dark landscape after all, I ve been doing it as a career for over twenty years.Thanks for looking,Andy
- 404 pages
- A Long Time Dead (The Dead Trilogy, #1)
- Andrew Barrett
- 10 March 2018 Andrew Barrett