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The Lift (CSI Eddie Collins) Kindle Edition
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Set almost entirely within the titular lift it is not so much a who-dunnit as a why-did-they-do-it, told in the first person by Eddie Collins, a CSI on his way to gather evidence from a distraction burglary in a Yorkshire high rise. Although a short story, it isn't short enough of course for the elevator to have made its way without issue - with Eddie and the two other occupants leaving with a cheery nod and friendly wave; so inevitably it breaks down between floors. After all that's what lifts should do in such scenarios.
The tension builds as we become privy to Eddie's thoughts, fears and anxieties; the claustrophobic setting adding to the sense of menace, as the reasons for the other two's presence are revealed.
It's certainly a good story, and will be sure to be devoured in one sitting. I'm not sure if I 'liked' Eddie or not, his cynicism and judgmental nature rubbed me up the wrong way a bit, but that was a good thing, it made him real and believable.
With such a short story it would be unfair to say too much more, other than I will certainly explore one of the full length novels in this series, and look forward to doing so.
I think this is an incredibly well penned piece of work by this writer, Its very difficult to say anything about this short story without creating a spoiler. This is now the third book I have read, he blows me away with each book.
From the first paragraph, I was hooked, and the appeal grew and grew with each page.
Having just one setting and three characters to tell a complete story is, I'm sure, very difficult, but Andrew has created a gripping and complete tale which challenges stereotype and questions thought, the character being thrown into a situation of intense pressure alongside the type of criminal he hates.
When you throw into the mix the issues of modern versus old school Policing and the effects both may have on today's criminal, you have a wonderful discussion piece which succeeds in asking the right questions.
Crime stories aren't just about the execution of a crime; they are about the effects of that crime, both on the victim and the perpetrator and all those around them.
The Lift succeeds in covering all of those issues and therefore deserves a five star review.
Barrett's characters are never two-dimensional, even the `bad' guys eliciting sympathy. Eddie is as world-worn and blackly humorous as ever, a character with such depth.
This short is good. Very good, in fact. But it can't escape being just a short story and it makes me long for Barrett's longer work, where you *really* get under the skin of his grimy characters.
David Staniforth's review Feb 18, 15 · edit
5 of 5 stars
I normally avoid short stories, as they usually leave me cold. I either don't enjoy them at all, or if I do I feel dissatisfied, as if I've been shortchanged.
This did not impart those feelings.
I read it moments ago while having my lunch. A very fast read, that is perfectly executed. It has left me wanting more though, and fortunately I have more of Mr Barrett's work on my kindle.
Now I just need to find time to read them. Be assured though, I certainly will.
This is the first writing of Andrew Barrett that i have experienced and, i hope, a good introduction. I will certainly be reading more on the strength of this unexpected little gem
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think I may have to read lots more of Eddie Collins. I could feel his fears and his anxieties, too. Great storyPublished 1 day ago by Elaine Q
Absolutely brilliant. A short story contained in a lift with three great characters and a bit of a guessing game as to what Eddies new friends are to each other. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Janine Chandler
I got this short story free from the author on joining his reader's club.
It is a well written and captivating story that has you hooked right from the start. Read more
This is the first Andrew Barrett book I have read, it was free from the author when I joined his e-mail list. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a great introduction to Eddie Collins. I love the story and the author's delivery. I am hooked. I will definitely read other books by this author.Published 15 days ago by Colombo Girl
Great ultra-short story... Very strong, very powerful... It really gets you on your toes... The end... I'd liked a more elaborated end but it's really good all things considered.. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dra Claudia Rodari
Not usually a fan of short stories and downloaded this expecting a novel. However, it was a free book so nothing lost!
That said, I did enjoy the story. Read more
I received this free for a honest review and I must say I really enjoyed it. It's a short story but really well written and it keeps you gripped to it all the way through.Published 23 days ago by c woodhall
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