The Third Rule by Andrew Barrett @andrewbarrettUK @bloodhoundbook #blogblitz #extract

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Woo hoo!!! Today at A Knight’s Reads, I’m welcoming back CSI extraordinaire Eddie Collins in The Third Rule from fellow Yorkshire resident Andy Barrett!!

I’ve got a wee taster for you from the book!  Big thanks to the wonderful Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to join the closing day of the #blogblitz.

The 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  slaughterhouse  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  he’s  on  the  government’s  list  too,  and  he’s  running.  But  they’re  getting  closer  by  the  minute…

The Extract



The next few minutes were the last normal minutes of Eddie Collins’s life.

At ten-thirty on the evening of Thursday January 15th, he slammed the car door, and shivered the key into the ignition, glad his shift was over. As he drove away from the police station, icy gusts whipped overhead telephone wires and hurled sleet against the fogged windscreen.

He stopped shivering at the end of Bridge Street, and turned left towards the dual carriageway that would take him to his motorway junction. He checked the dashboard clock and expected to be home before eleven, cuddling up with Jilly by half past.

But Eddie was wrong.

As he picked up speed, the houses on the left became a dark grey blur, and he was about to relax and fill the car with some Pink Floyd when something caught his eye. In the orange hue of a street lamp, he glimpsed a woman sprinting along the snowy footpath. A man dressed in black chased her. One more glance, before the scene was behind him, showed Eddie that the woman was screaming.

He forgot about the music and tried to see them in his rear-view mirror. But they were just grey shadows among grey shadows, turning streetlight-orange every fifty yards or so.

As the road opened out into a dual carriageway, he approached a gap in the central reservation, and he approached a junction in his life, a choice: do nothing, or do something. He indicated, turned and drove back the way he’d come, white knuckles on the black steering wheel. The sleet came heavier and the sky darkened further. There was no other traffic in sight; the road and the situation was all his.

There they were up ahead to his right. A man chasing down a screaming woman. Eddie couldn’t take his eyes away from the terror on her face. Her hair flowed behind her, yet there were wet curls of it flattened against her forehead as though frozen there. In her right hand she held a bag, and Eddie knew that’s what the man wanted.

He slowed and turned in the road.

She glanced over her shoulder and the man pounced.

Now from behind her, Eddie saw them land in a heap on the freezing, wet footpath, and imagined her face grazing along the slushy tarmac. For a moment, they were a tangle of arms and legs, but from the tangle emerged the handbag, and the robber ripped it free.

So folks, has that whet your appetite to go and read The Third Rule? I have to admit I have got this on my reading pile so I do want to introduce myself to Eddie properly!! As today is the closing ceremony for the blog blitz, I implore you to go back and visit the other stops to get more of a flavour of The Third Rule. And keep your eyes peeled for more posts featuring Andrew Barrett’s Eddie Collins as more of the series are published by Bloodhound Books!

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Who Is Andrew Barrett?


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.

You can get in with Andrew in a multitude of ways…..