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A new CSI Eddie Collins story – The Note

There’s a rumour going round that a new CSI Eddie Collins story is about to break free.

I can confirm that rumour is true! It’s called The Note.

It’s not a full length novel, it only weighs in at a shade under 13k words, which is about 65 pages or so. But, like The Lift, it’s written in first person, so it’ll seem an even quicker read just because of that.

And it is fast – I’ve written it with no fat or padding, it races from one scene to the next, and I think you’ll enjoy the final scenes especially.

I really enjoy writing Eddie, as you know, and I really enjoy writing short stories from his point of view – it’s very refreshing. I’ve said in previous interviews that I don’t think I could sustain first person writing for an entire novel, and I still believe that to be true – it’s just too exhilarating, and too claustrophobic. But a short is perfect.

Again, as in The Lift, he has no extra baggage, there’s no Charles to worry about, no one from the office to bother us, it’s just us, him, and the story.

I’ve written the blurb, and I’ve prepared a cover image, and now all I have to do is re-read the story once more, maybe tweak it here and there, and then I’ll send it out to my advance readers for their opinions.

If all goes well, I hope to have it on the virtual and physical bookshelves around the 5th May.

I’ll edit this post when I can show you the cover (it’s still under wraps), but for now, please read the blurb, and I’d love to know your reaction to it.

The Note

I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI.

Ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there?

I did.

It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.

Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.

I had no idea who sent it, or why they wanted to kill me.

But I was about to find out.

The Third Rule – giveaway

On Friday 6th February, I will launch the new Eddie Collins short story The Lift. It’ll be free to download. TheLift_Front_v1.3_Size_ThumbnailLarge

To coincide with this giveaway, I intend making The Third Rule – The Complete Story, free to download for five full days. The Third Rule is to date, my magnum opus, and stands at over a thousand pages, 260 thousand words. I don’t intend to make this book free again.

I hope you will read The Third Rule and find out for yourself how I perceived British justice to be in the near future, remembering it was conceived almost eleven years ago. Several aspects of that future have indeed come true, but I hope the main theme, capital punishment, remains totally fictional.

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Perhaps you’ll agree with The Rules to an extent, forcing those who make crime their living, pay for their own counsel, and pay back into a fund to compensate victims of crime?

We mustn’t forget that The Third Rule is predominantly a story about a CSI, Eddie Collins, but also features a small cast of secondary characters, each with their own story to tell, who happen to live amid this intriguing and disturbing background.

Anyway, it will be interesting to note how Eddie has changed during the intervening years. Of course, during those years we can see his development in Black by Rose, and hopefully to be released later this year, Sword of Damocles.

If you do download and read The Third Rule, I would love to hear your reaction.

In the meantime, here is the blurb and a link to your own country’s Amazon site:

“If you want to kill serious crime, you have to kill serious criminals.” 

Propelled by a wave of atrocities, a new government surges to power and introduces a severe code of punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied. The Rules slaughtered truth and justice, and innocent people too. 

One of those innocent people is Christian Ledger, a talented artist charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ‘slaughterhouse’ because no one will listen; certainly not the police who just scored another hit. 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 for shooting a colleague. Now he’s on the government’s list too, and he’s running. But they’re gaining.


Quick, Eddie’s here!

Eddie Collins:        So you’ve finally done it then?

Andy Barrett:       Done what?

EC:                              Written about my experiences in that lift.

AB:                             You wrote it, I just copied it. Anyway, if you didn’t                                            want the world to know about it, you should have                                            kept it to yourself. You know the score.

EC:                              I do now, you scumbag.

AB:                             Oooh, take me to the burns unit.

EC:                              So when are you releasing it?

AB:                             Early February.

EC:                              Suppose you’ll be making a bleeding fortune from                                           it. At my expense!

AB:                             Keep your wig on, Collins, it’s free!

EC:                              What!

AB:                             It’s a short story; I can’t charge people for a short                                            story.

EC:                              Putz. Next time, I’m keeping it zipped.

AB:                             Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen.


Eloquent, isn’t he?

As Eddie says, I’ve finally done it. The Lift is alive and kicking and coming soon to a floor near you. All you’ll have to do is press ‘buy’ on your nearest Amazon site, and as if by magic it’ll appear on your Kindle or your chosen reading apparatus. But don’t worry, even though ‘buy’ suggests you might have to part with some cash, I guarantee not one penny will disappear from your account. For the time being at least.


The Lift

secret-205646_1280Well I let the cat out of the bag.

I’ve been working on a new Eddie Collins story called The Lift. I was, if I’m being honest, going to keep it quiet until I’d finished the story, that way there’d be no pressure on me to finish it or even make it good. 

But now y’all know about it, I’ll have to do both! stress-111425_640

What’s it about, Andy?

It’s about Eddie misbehaving.

Sorry, need more details.


Okay, who’s in it apart from Eddie?

Two guys. Both of them not very nice.

How long is it?

Don’t know, haven’t finished it yet.

When’s it due out?

calendar-440589_640I’ve stuck my neck on the line and said middle to end of December.

I know how bloody crafty you are, which December?

Ha, you suspicious minded person! This December, 2014.

Thank you. How did it come about?

I wanted to interview Eddie in preparation for the Sword of Damocles release, but after I while I thought better of it because he’d never give me a straight answer…

I know what that’s like!

…so I thought I’d get someone else to interview him, using coercion if necessary.

Okay, go do some writing.


Oh, just a minute, why’s it called The Lift?

Andy? Andy?