Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE THIRD RULE by Andrew Barrett
Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.
Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ͚slaughterhouse͛ because no one will listen to his pleas. Is the secret he carries enough to save his life?
CSI Eddie Collins, a reluctant hero with one failed suicide attempt behind him, suddenly wants to live when the police hunt him down for shooting a colleague. And now he’s on the government’s list too, and he’s running. But they’re getting closer by the minute…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now although this is the first book in the CSI Eddie Collins series I have read a couple of the later books already but whoa this book is where his essence is really created. Eddie Collins is a pretty mixed up bloke, seen too much in his line of work as a CSI and spent too little time with his family. A drunk, most of the time, that only feels better when he can’t remember. He is at rock bottom, as you could say where he thinks things can’t get any worse but they do. When his drinking is the cause of being an hour late picking up his 12-year-old son for his birthday outing, from his estranged wife, terrible events take what is left of the bottom out of Eddie’s already crumbling world.
Eddie Collins isn’t the easiest man to like at the start of this book but really he does grow on you as the story goes on and believe me it is a massive a story of over 600 pages but don’t let put you off. This is one of those books that you find yourself picking up every minute that you have spare to the point of you are making time to read and working round that.
There is a pretty cool twist to this story as the crime in the UK rockets, serious measures have to be considered and so the death penalty is brought back with a three strike rule for some crimes like burglary. It’s a fool-proof system, they say. Well not quite if someone is determined to pin something on you it isn’t. There are a few story lines going on to begin with but they all tie together and become relevant as events come to a close. A real ripple effect through the classes from a young troubled girl with a drug problem and mental health issues, to a top politician.
There is every kind of character that you could imagine in this story from the arrogant and untouchable people who think they are above the law to the ones that know no-one wants to listen to them. Eddie Collins seems to be in the thick of it for the most of the story being both the hunted and the hunter. I went from not really like him to weeping for the man, well after 600 pages I had developed quite a connection with him.
A belting story. If you like me have jumped in to the series further down the line do come back to the roots. I feel I really understand Eddie Collins now. If you haven’t read any of this series then it is the perfect chance to start.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.