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Excellent riveting and a thrill a minute Wow, so much soco detail, I felt I was actually attending crime scenes as I read. The plot was adventurous, knowledgeable and exciting. There is too much happening to pick out any particular scene but all in all, a thrilling book. Jul 20, Dawn rated it really liked it. This is an intensely gripping book, though very dark in tone. Being told from the viewpoint of a Scenes of Crime Officer it offers an entirely different focus on crimes and other events.

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The author's own experience in this field brings a breath of fresh air to the genre and helps us to see much more about each event than we normally would. Scene of crime evidence is generally treated as an adjunct to detective investigations and appears to be added as an afterthought to make the story fit, in th This is an intensely gripping book, though very dark in tone.

Scene of crime evidence is generally treated as an adjunct to detective investigations and appears to be added as an afterthought to make the story fit, in this series however, the evidence comes first and the detectives draw their conclusions based upon that evidence. The crime scene evidence is described so well that it is at times necessary to remind oneself that this is a novel and not a report of a crime scene.

This book is strong on action and moves smoothly from scene to scene, taking the story forward as it does.

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There are no unproductive scenes and no chances to turn up the tension are missed. I found myself torn between wanting to plough on with the story to see how it ended but needing to put it down from time to time to catch my breath as I saw characters charging headlong into dangerous situations, some in the full knowledge of what they were doing and some unwittingly. I did enjoy little vignettes such as a particularly despicable character who thought he was too clever to be caught out, not realising that he was in fact rumbled by someone cleverer than he, who chose not to let on about what they knew, giving him to chance to incriminate himself.

There were several clues throughout the book with regard to the "big job" which was to be undertaken, but I was too caught up in the various strands and tensions to pick up on them, and needed to give myself a good kicking when it was revealed - especially as I have worked, albeit briefly, for an associated company! This author is not only skilled in the examination of crime scenes, but he puts it all into words beautifully. He seems to have the complete package - the expertise in his field, the great imagination to weave a story together and the ability to write it all in a compelling and enthralling way.

He also has the great good sense to set it in the Wakefield area of God's own county, which gives him great scope for spreading the story over cities and countryside, and my hometown even got a mention in this one.

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I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I heartily recommend this series, but would suggest starting with the first one A Long Time Dead The Dead Trilogy Book 1 as it will help you to understand some of the references in this one but it isn't absolutely necessary. This is the second book in the dead trilogy and it has been a while since I read the first in the series so I was struggling to remember certain details.

Steling Elgar does refer to previous events quite a bit so it is necessary to read A Long Time Dead before this one. This book is also longer than its predecessor but at no point does it drag or wander aimlessly through the story. The main protagonist is a Scene Of Crime Officer SOCO which is a different enough perspective from the usual poli This is the second book in the dead trilogy and it has been a while since I read the first in the series so I was struggling to remember certain details.

This is the second book in the 'Dead' trilogy and although it's a long book, my attention never flagged. His old adversary Inspector Weston, is still flouting the law he is paid to uphold. There are so many stories cleverly woven together here. Roger's wife is kidnapped by a gang involved in running guns amongst other things.

There are flawed good characters, bad ones with some This is the second book in the 'Dead' trilogy and although it's a long book, my attention never flagged. There are flawed good characters, bad ones with some good qualities and a number of people you aren't sure about. The action is fast and exciting but it's not one of those books that's full of tedious cloned fight scenes. The writing is imaginative and puts you quickly in the frame of the action.

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It's full of little remarks with the kind of black humour often employed by those whose work brings them up against danger or death; the police, armed services and medical people. I'd love to see a film of this book, or one of those TV programmes shown over several nights. If you enjoy thrillers, crime fiction and murder, all spiced with a wry humour, this book will enthral you.

Great follow up book to 'A Long Time Dead'. Longer than the first in the series and so allowing for more character development. Can't wait to read the final instalment. Stealing Elgar shows how two opposites engage the same problem; how they battle their way through conflicting interests to reach — or destroy — their goal, and asks which is more important: Stealing Elgar shows how two opposites approach the same problem, and how they carve their way through conflicting interests to reach - or destroy - their goal The Third Rule Eddie Collins 1 Black by Rose Eddie Collins 2 The Lift: An Eddie Collins short story Eddie Collins 2.

Sep 30, Walter Scott rated it it was amazing. Many elements from that novel carryover into this one, and there is closure, of a kind. There are ruthless Russian Mafia, IRA killers, home grown gangsters, police officers senior to Roger and who do not trust or believe him, and a crooked arms-dealing police officer - all heading on a collision course, and Roger Conniston is square in the point of intersection.

Two of these criminal organizations have kidnapped women for the purpose of improving their odds of coming out on top, leading to acts of sheer desperation on the part of the men who love them. And Roger finds himself powerless, hopeless, and seemingly alone, which really makes the plot compelling and the novel a page-turner. The dialog is crisp, often laden with subtle humour, and every character feels real and unique.

You might not like some of them, but you really get to know them. The criminal mastermind, Hades, is perhaps the most interesting character I have encountered in many years. Andrew Barrett is the real deal. Feb 06, Brian Mackie rated it it was amazing. Stealing Elgar is the second in the Roger Conniston series by Andrew Barrett and what a gripping story it is,yet again Roger is facing his continued struggle with his home life as well as doubting his capabilities as a supervisor to the point of considering tendering his resignation.

Overall a great read and looking Stealing Elgar is the second in the Roger Conniston series by Andrew Barrett and what a gripping story it is,yet again Roger is facing his continued struggle with his home life as well as doubting his capabilities as a supervisor to the point of considering tendering his resignation.

Overall a great read and looking forward to reading the next in the series. I have read enough Andy Barrett books now to realise that none of the characters get an easy time, not even his protagonist, and this is again true here. This is absolutely packed full of action and has a bit of a cinematic feel. I was intrigued by the title and when you read far enough through the book you realise how perfect it is. Jun 30, Jack rated it liked it. Some florid prose in places. Jan 27, Sally-Jayne rated it did not like it.

I read the first 7 chapters, but I wasn't enjoying it so I gave up. That doesn't mean it's a bad book - it's just not to my taste. Aug 18, Colleen Estep rated it it was amazing. You have the good guys, the bad guys, the really bad guys, and the bad guys who end up doing the right thing. There is Roger who was a crime scene investigator who is promoted to a senior crime scene investigator after being falsely accused and thrown in jail. He finds that this is not his niche in life and wants to go back to the way things were when he was in the field.

Then there is Hades who is plotting the "Stealing Elgar" is a fast paced totally engrossing novel from the very first page.

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