A LONG TIME DEAD – Andrew Barrett

CSI Roger Conniston  – The DEAD trilogy no.1.

A Long Time DeadExcellent SOCO descriptions from an author who does it for a living – maybe just too much detail in this, seemingly one of his earlier novels, but it is an intrinsic part of the plot line and all but unavoidable. The intensity rises to throat-gripping proportions as the noose tightens.

The character of Roger Conniston, the CSI whose obsession with the actions of his nemesis, CI Weston, whom he is convinced is selling guns, interferes with his professionalism. As does keeping his affair with his therapist from his ill wife. For me this was a moral disappointment in this protagonist, but as the tense plot develops, his basic honesty overcomes his failings and I began to respect both the character and Andrew Barrett’s handling of his character’s flawed humanity.

The action slips tantalizingly between the police officers handling the two murders of young women stabbed in the neck and the Crime Scene Investigators they employ to capture the scene.

There are extremes from firm loyalty to deathly betrayal which are backbone to the twists and turns, the given and the surprises.

Andrew Barrett

Andrew Barrett

This might be the first time you, as with me, have heard of Andrew Barrett, but it won’t be the last. He has a lot more sharp and deadly arrows to his quiver.

The problem with giving the author’s earlier offerings as freebies is that the edges are still a bit ragged. A 5-day freebie of the latest might be a better attention-grabbing tool?

This was an Instafreebie offering, with thanks to Andrew Barrett. But…

An ARC of your latest for BOOK POSTMORTEM would be very acceptable.

About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
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