Some secrets, no matter how well buried, refuse to die.
When the remains of a woman are found in a burnt-out car, Eddie Collins reluctantly teams up with his enemy, DI Benson, to untangle the knot of lies behind this apparent suicide.
In the midst of all this, Eddie’s life grows more complicated by the day; his perfect relationship is suffocating him. As a CSI in the Major Crime Unit, he is also being forced to accept a promotion that he doesn’t want, leading a team that he can’t control or tolerate.
Even when the mystery is solved, proving it turns out to be deadly…
The Hammer Falls is the third book in the Eddie Collins series. Personally I would recommend reading the books in order as I feel the reader would benefit from getting to know Eddie better.
This story felt a lot more personal than the previous books. Eddie’s dad features in this one and I have to admit that I felt myself tearing up a few times when reading the parts to do with their relationship. I really enjoyed seeing this softer side to Eddie as we haven’t seen much of it so far.
I loved the humour also in this book. Even though it has been there throughout the series, it really stands out in The Hammer Falls and more than a few times it had me chuckling to myself. It was a good balance and one that I feel other readers will enjoy also.
Having read all the books in the series so far, I can really see the authors writing skills getting stronger throughout. The books are going from strength to strength and it is becoming a must read series. The Hammer Falls is a dark and at times emotional read with a touch of humour making this a highly entertaining read.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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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.