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A Long Time Dead (The Dead Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Barrett
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Book Description

A Long Time Dead is the first book in The Dead Trilogy, a series of procedural crime thrillers featuring Scenes of Crime Officer Roger Conniston. It is predominantly set in present-day Wakefield, a small city in Northern England. A Long Time Dead is approximately 92,000 words, about 330 pages.

“Forensic evidence is an art like black magic; ‘facts’ are determined by interpretation. Or misinterpretation.”

A Long Time Dead asks is forensic evidence incontrovertible? How would you feel if forensic evidence incorrectly incriminated you? And how would you prove it wrong?

In the world of crime scene investigation, Roger Conniston is one of West Yorkshire Police’s finest. Yet even he has secrets. When forensic evidence implicates him in the death of a young woman, the secrets emerge, and Conniston is damned.

Arrested for murder, Conniston must show the evidence was manipulated and planted. 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?

~ So engrossed was I in this book that I finished it in less than 24 hours. So impressed am I that I immediately downloaded the two sequels as soon as I reached the end.
~ I loved this book.
~ I thoroughly recommend this book if you like C.S.I type of books but with a more real and down to earth feel about them.
~ I've read all the usual suspects - Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, Peter James, Stuart McBride, etc - and was looking for something similar. I wasn't disappointed with Andrew Barrett. Great story, believable charters (I do hope that Weston eventually gets his comeuppance), and lots of twists.
~ Brilliant read, exciting story kept me gripped until the end. Could not put it down. Humour, sadness, violence it has it all.
~ Really well written and a great insight to the world of scene of crime forensics.

RECOGNITION for A Long Time Dead
Amazon Murder chart position #1 August 2013
Amazon Police Procedural chart position #1 August 2013
Amazon Fiction chart position #1 July 2012
Amazon Mystery chart position #1 July 2012
Amazon Police Procedural chart position #1 July 2012
Amazon Movers and Shakers in Kindle Store #1 July 2012
Amazon Kindle Bestseller #2 July 2012
Amazon Police Procedural chart position #1 March 2013
Book Recommendations on Goodreads June 2012
Goodreads UKAKF Group Book for September 2012 – 3 Acorns (a ‘Must Read’)
Number 8 in the Top 100 UKAKF books

The Dead Trilogy:
Book Three - NO MORE TEARS

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The Third Rule [Eddie Collins #1]:
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Part Two – Running Scared
Part Three – Sacrifices


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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Barrett; 2 edition (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054TQATW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Andrew Barrett is a best-selling crime and thriller writer based in Yorkshire, England. He has been writing since the early 1990s, has completed several novels and co-written a number of television scripts.

Andrew's work focuses on the world of Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs or CSIs). He offers a unique insight into this often dark landscape, making good use of his nineteen years' professional expertise as a crime scene examiner to envelop the reader in exciting and realistic stories.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and complex 4 Jun. 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Wasn't Over-Impressed 28 Jan. 2013
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This was a fast-paced and interesting story but could do with a better editor. I almost packed it in a few times but once I got past 50% I stuck with it. It leads off at the end into a sequel but I don't think I'll stick with the series as I really didn't like Roger, the SOCO in the story, very much at all. He was very obsessive and not a very nice person, I thought.
Some of the forensic details got a little too over-related and we didn't need to know all of it to read the story. And most people know what defence wounds are....
They'd turned into theydl in one instance and buy became by. Careless mistakes but not picked up. In another place a person called Jon was written as Roger twice in one page too. There's really no excuse. There were also a lot of missing apostrophes.
It said in the book's description that Roger is accused of a murder but this didn't happen till we were almost 70% into the tale which I found strange.
Also, I don't know what happened in formatting but the font wasn't copied over properly and it was either too tiny or way too big.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total pageturner 22 July 2012
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So engrossed was I in this book that I finished it in less than 24 hours. So impressed am I that I immediately downloaded the two sequels as soon as I reached the end.

This is very well written with a plot that twists and turns and stays credible throughout. Andrew Barrett has been firmly added to my list of favourite authors, I'll be looking forward to every new book as soon as I finish the last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A criminally good read 15 Sept. 2012
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Roger Conniston handles the sticky, stinking side of crime fighting. He is a Scenes Of Crime Officer, looking for justice around the bloody bodies of murder victims with a fingerprint brush and a box of chemicals, searching for the tiniest clue.
Conniston is up for promotion but his obsession with an allegation of corruption threatens his chances. And that is only one of the personal and professional hurdles he faces.
His job is made tougher by the petty rules and jealousies that raise temperatures in a small, over-worked team.
Author Andrew Barrett uses his own expertise as a SOCO to lead his readers firmly along the stepping plates of crime scene investigation.
He packs in plenty of gritty, accurate CSI detail without congealing his story as Conniston battles enemies, friends and a biting Yorkshire wind.
In the first of a trilogy, you feel the shock of cold drizzle down the back of your neck as Andrew Barrett opens up a dark and bloody world behind the blue and white crime scene tape.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British SOCO thriller 20 Feb. 2013
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I wasn't sure about this book to begin with. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, but as I read further into the book I became engrossed and ended up loving it.
Scenes of Crime officer Roger, is convinced that a senior police officer is involved in dealing firearms. This leads to Roger being caught up in a murder investigation. I really enjoyed the realistic SOCO descriptions and became gripped to the end, to say any more would spoil the story.
I immediately bought the next 2 books in the series and look forward to reading them both.
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I have read a number of fictional books where the author has technical experience of the area at the centre of the story and often, whilst their specialty has been well described, the rest of the tale is neglected, or perhaps does not shine so brightly. In light of this I approached Andrew Barrett's book with some trepidation. I need not have worried.

From the start, the book was beautifully paced, carrying the reader through the technical details of the science of forensic investigation. I was impressed how a junior member of the team was used as a focus of explanation that allowed the author to outline the key procedures that underlined the plot.

But don't for one minute think that this is a porting of a dry text book. The characters are well drawn, which enabled me to empathise with them well. Add to that a view of the seedier side and the nightlife of Wakefield and you have an intoxicating mix that floods over the reader. The plot itself is well developed too and although I guessed the identity of the murderer about 2/3rd of the way through, it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the journey. I did, however, get completely surprised by the final plot twist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good forensic thriller.
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Published 7 months ago by G. D. Nuzum
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Eventually Unputdownable
Took a while to get into the book as I couldn't fathom quite where it was going but then, bang, it hits you. From about 50% in it is completely unputdownable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Supagus
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good book with a strong story. Keeps you guessing who done it right to the end. Must try the next book
Published 17 months ago by bh1001
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Barrett does it again!
Andrew Barrett does it again, or should that be he did it before? Having already read The Third Rule and loved it, I'm now visiting some of the author's earlier works. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stella in the Pyrenees
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just finished this book and thought it was absolutely brilliant. It was exciting right to the last chapter and what a last chapter, superb. Read more
Published 18 months ago by julia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, in fact, very good
Andrew Barrett is not a name I was familiar with but he has written quite a few novels. A long time Dead is the first in a trilogy and it is very good. Mr. Read more
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