Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE LONG REVENGE by Andrew Barrett
They say you can always trust a policeman. They are lying. They lied thirty years ago and they are still lying today. When a booby-trapped body is discovered in a long-abandoned chapel, CSI Eddie Collins and his team are called to investigate. But when the scene examination goes horribly wrong, Eddie and DI Benson are injured and one of the team killed. Heartbroken by the death, Eddie is also guilt-ridden. But more than that he is angry. Very angry. Eddie will stop at nothing to bring the guilty to justice, and will teach them that even when served cold, revenge is a killer dish.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I originally reviewed this book in January 2017 as Ledston Luck. This was my review.
Ledston Luck a small former pit village 7 miles outside of Leeds seems to have got caught in a time wrap since 1986 when the mine was closed. Even the small chapel where the first corpse of a long time dead man is found, was rotten and had been deserted for years and so as the story unfolds you really do wonder if God had ever even ventured the 7 miles from Leeds to Ledston in the first place.
Although this is my first Eddie Collins novel I felt that I had known him for years. Eddie is a SOCO or CSI so I was well excited, as I hadn’t read any books from this angle before. He is rude and not really a team player because he is so thorough at his job, he is unorthodox and a miserable git at times that has a constant dry humour that is pure Yorkshire. I loved this man already and you think he must be a one off until you meet his dad.
This story goes from present day back in time over 30 years before, with a heart breaking story of suffering and abuse of every possible kind that some people could find hard to read with cruelty so shocking it makes you weep. Once the body of the man in the chapel is discovered in present day, it causes the horrific death to follow of a young CSI and it isn’t long before the body count rises again. Some people want the past staying in the past.
Andy Barrett can certainly tell one hell of a story not only of what is happening but how it affects people involved emotionally, including the good guys. The blokes that are often forgotten about. He is definitely an author I shall be reading in the future.
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.