Happy Hump Day!
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this dark crime thriller with a dystopian flare…
Many thanks to Sarah for the invitation and to Andrew Barrett for this intriguing book!🖤
The Third Rule blurb
Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.
Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ͚slaughterhouse͛ because no one will listen to his pleas. 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 down for shooting a colleague. And now he͛s on the government͛s list too, and he͛s running. But they͛’re getting closer by the minute…
4 CSI Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was a crime thriller with a dystopian twist… now as an American I had to actually google a few things because I have no idea if the death penalty is legal or not in England… I am also not very knowledgeable as to the EU and what leaving it entailed… so I am assuming there were a lot of political undercurrents throughout this book that I probably did not catch… but something I thought was interesting is here in the state of California we have a three strikes law… after your third felony conviction you are sentenced to life in prison… so not death, but you Will never get out… controversial and political as much of this book was….Admittedly it took me a while to get into this book and the length was daunting… The beginning of this book was a bit all over the place…. there are a lot of characters an a lot of things going on… Eddie Collins himself wasn’t the most likable of characters… he has a serious drinking problem and for very personal reasons I have no sympathy or patients for that….Please don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this book it was just dark and complex… my favorite parts involve the crime scene investigations they seemed so real and raw and not like those seen on TV… The author his background is in crime scene investigation and that really came through in this book, definitely the strength of the story! Also thought it was a bonus that Eddie Collins the main character was a crime scene investigator…. even though this book was nothing like I thought it was going to be when I picked it up it ended up being quite a compelling read… and I’m glad I didn’t know there was a dystopian element and that it was so political, so please don’t let that deter you because this is worth your time!Recommend to fans of the crime thriller with a bit of a different twist… dad! This one’s for you🙂*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***
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.
Have a fabulous day! Berit✨☀️✨