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The Lift (CSI Eddie Collins) by [Barrett, Andrew]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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About the Author

I write crime thrillers, and have done since 1996, about the same time I became a CSI here in Yorkshire. All of my books are set in or around our biggest city of Leeds. Sometimes I go wandering into the stunning countryside though and drag its beauty screaming into the pages of one of my books where it collides with the ugliness of death. I don’t write formulaic crime fiction; each one is hand-crafted and nurtured to give you a unique flavour of what CSIs encounter in real life. Every book is rich with forensic insight but that insight never drowns the story; it’s there to enhance your enjoyment only. My thrillers live inside the police domain; they have detectives and uniformed officers, but they’re predominantly about CSIs (or SOCOs as we used to be known). Come and live with them as they go about their sometimes unenviable tasks, and listen to the language they speak, see the things they see, and experience the emotions they feel. So pull on your nitrile gloves and your face mask, get comfy, and read on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2815 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Ink Foundry (5 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T8QJ012
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Firstly I should say that this is a short tale, if it were on paper probably no more than thirty pages; but all the better for it. 'Purchased' (it was free) on a whim as I wanted something quick to read one Saturday afternoon, it's the first I've read of Andrew Barrett's work, and I'm glad I did.
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.
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Just finished "The Lift" An Eddie Collins short story by Andy Barrett
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.
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Excellent work. The sign of a good writer is an ability to grab the reader's attention and keep it, both successfully achieved in this excellent short story.
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.
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This is the first book I have read by this author, and he gives a masterclass in how to hook the reader and then rack up the tension level to 100 in no time at all. From the moment I read the opening lines I knew this was going to be good. I love the setting for the story as this brings not just an air of tension but also on of claustrophobia to the story. I could just imagine it being turned into a tense half hour play it would work very well I think.
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This welcome short sees CSI Eddie trapped in a lift with two unsavoury characters. The three-hander plays out with the vividness and claustrophobic threat Barrett is so good at creating. You, the reader, are there in that lift.

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.
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David Staniforth's review Feb 18, 15 · edit
5 of 5 stars
bookshelves: to-read

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.
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I liked this! I was just going to read a little as it was so late at night, but before I knew it, I'd read the whole thing. It was so different from the TV Scenes of Crimes Officers' dramas. It was real, gritty and gripping. I was in that lift. I was working out what was really happening, what to say, what to do. It shouldn't be free, but it is, so grab a copy while you can.
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A cleverly constructed and satisfying short story in which SOCO Eddie Collins finds himself stuck in a lif with two other men whilst on his way to a crime scene.
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
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