Stealing Elgar

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Stealing Elgar ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ Stealing Elgar By Andrew Barrett ❅ – Polishdarling.co.uk Second book in The Dead Trilogy Roger Conniston is a newly promoted Senior Scenes of Crime Officer with a lot to prove and a lot to protect He s up against an ex bare knuckle fighter called Hades who Second book in The Dead Trilogy Roger Conniston is a newly promoted Senior Scenes of Crime Officer with a lot to prove and a lot to protect He s up against an ex bare knuckle fighter called Hades who is planning the most audacious robbery in England s history For Hades, the success of this job is paramount and he s planned it in meticulous detail, from the explosive diversions to the selection of his team and the weapons they ll use Roger is faced with a decision continue working with the police and put faith in the flawed investigative skills of DCI Chamberlain, or cut the ties and venture out alone to stop Hades and secure everything he cares about 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.

    Paperback Å Stealing Elgar PDF ï of this job is paramount and he s planned it in meticulous detail, from the explosive diversions to the selection of his team and the weapons they ll use Roger is faced with a decision continue working with the police and put faith in the flawed investigative skills of DCI Chamberlain, or cut the ties and venture out alone to stop Hades and secure everything he cares about 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 652 pages
  • Stealing Elgar
  • Andrew Barrett
  • English
  • 06 May 2017
  • 1782991328

About the Author: Andrew Barrett

Hi everyone,My name is Andrew Barrett and I live and work in West YorkshireMy work focuses on the world of Scenes of Crime Officers SOCOs or CSIs I try to offer a unique insight into this often dark landscape after all, I ve been doing it as a career for over twenty yearsThanks for looking,Andy.



10 thoughts on “Stealing Elgar

  1. Hans Hans says:

    Wow A very addictive police procedural with Roger Conniston as the leading SOCO specialist Written with a lot of inside forensic knowledge Very detailed, but certainly not too much detail.Fast paced from start to finish Really impressive storytelling.

  2. The Cats’ Mother The Cats’ Mother says:

    It has taken me 18 days to get through this, and I confess had this not been from one of my favourite authors, I would ve bailed at around the 10% mark I found myself reading a run of paperbacks in parallel, because while I did want to get through it, actually spending time in it s world was uncomfortable.It s quite long, and it basically confirmed for me that I just don t like gangster stories too many horrible people double crossing each other, or beating up their underlings This was a dar It has taken me 18 days to get through this, and I confess had this not been from one of my favourite authors, I would ve bailed at around the 10% mark I found myself reading a run of paperbacks in parallel, because while I did want to get through it, actually spending time in it s world was uncomfortable.It s quite long, and it basically confirmed for me that I just don t like gangster stories too many horrible people double crossing each other, or beating up their underlings This was a dark complicated story with a large cast of characters, drenched in casual cruelty and violence It s a good book, don t get me wrong, but I didn t enjoy it If you are new to this author, I strongly recommend his Eddie Collins series which came after this one.Book two in the Dead trilogy set in Leeds, about SOCO Roger Conniston is set a few months after the events of A Long Time Dead and it would be preferable although not essential to read these in order Roger has been promoted but is struggling in his managerial role and with the lack of respect from his police colleagues Meanwhile a gangster who calls himself Hades has got himself into deep trouble having made a plan with the Russian mob to attempt an ambitious heist, he has been ripped off by some idiotic subcontractors and now Irish terrorists have taken his teenage daughter, so he hatches a plan to subvert the police investigation by kidnapping Roger s crippled wife, Yvonne.The major strength of Barrett s books, aside from the excellent writing, is the forensic knowledge which adds a fascinating dimension to the story I thought he overdid it in the first book but this one gets it just right Little clues are scattered throughout and we follow Roger as he doggedly follows them in the face of scorn and criticism from all around Unfortunately, Roger is a difficult hero to like, and it s not just because he s not Eddie Collins Eddie is just as antagonistic and pigheaded but he has a wicked sense of humour, and while they both make mistakes, Roger s are completely idiotic I also struggled with Roger s relationship with Yvonne She is portrayed as a shrewish drudge, embittered by her arthritis, who doesn t seem to even like him and resents her dependence on him In the last book Roger was cheating on her with his counsellor, and their home life seems miserable, yet we are expected to believe he loves her so much he ll risk his own life for her, as he can t contemplate life without her In contrast, I did like the relationships between Roger and Shelby, and Chamberlain, both interesting characters.Hades was also an intriguing villain sadistic thug one moment, sentimental father the next, but any time you start to sympathise he does something awful again, and the callousness of his whole plan is shocking.The build up takes a long time, and many characters are introduced just to be killed off in various gruesome ways, and I was glad of the kindle search function which made keeping track of who was who much simpler Once the action finally gets going the pace speeds up and the reveal of what exactly it is Hades is up to I was part relieved and part disappointed It took me 17 days to read the first 50% but only one to get through the second half I will read the final book, as I already bought it, and want to see what the fallout of the explosive ending is, and what Roger does next 3.5 rounded up because a large part of my complaints here reflect my tastes and prejudices rather than faults of the book

  3. PJ PJ says:

    Loved it A lot of action throughout the book It didn t get dull

  4. Dawn Dawn says:

    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 The author s own experience in this field brings a breath of fresh air to the genre and helps us to see muchabout 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 Being told from the viewpoint of a Scenes of Crime Officer it offers an entirely different focus on crimes and other events The author s own experience in this field brings a breath of fresh air to the genre and helps us to see muchabout 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 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 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 I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series I try to make it a rule not to start a new book until I have reviewed the one I have just written if I am going to review it so that I don t forget what I wanted to say about it, but this time it was a hard rule to stick to as I am itching to get to the next one to see where it takes us.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

  5. Kath Middleton Kath Middleton says:

    This is the second book in the Dead trilogy and although it s a long book, my attention never flagged The protagonist Roger Conniston, a Scene of Crime Officer, is doubtful of his abilities in his new role as Senior SOCO 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 The protagonist Roger Conniston, a Scene of Crime Officer, is doubtful of his abilities in his new role as Senior SOCO 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 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 I had to go out 5% from the end and I couldn t rest till I d returned and finished it The writing is imaginative and puts you quickly in the frame of the action 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 It did me

  6. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    Stealing Elgar a review by Rosemary KennyStealing Elgar is Book 2 in The Dead Trilogy series of SOCO Roger Conniston stories by the inimitable Andrew Barrett, who really knows his stuff when it comes to the expert inside knowledge required to create such wonderful characters on both sides of the law he s lived the same or similar events throughout his other career as a police officer dealing in just such cases.A suitably villainously named master crook, Hades, is Conniston s antagonist in Stealing Elgar a review by Rosemary KennyStealing Elgar is Book 2 in The Dead Trilogy series of SOCO Roger Conniston stories by the inimitable Andrew Barrett, who really knows his stuff when it comes to the expert inside knowledge required to create such wonderful characters on both sides of the law he s lived the same or similar events throughout his other career as a police officer dealing in just such cases.A suitably villainously named master crook, Hades, is Conniston s antagonist in the conflict, involving both the newly promoted SOCO and his emotionally estranged wife, Yvonne This time it s personal and despite the distance between them, Conniston is still devastated when Yvonne is kidnapped, to ensure his complicity in Hades success in his next heist.After all, as he d been seemingly forgiven for his own recent affair with his therapist, he is hardly in the position to complain and now it may be too late A tautly written crime thriller that will compel you to read the other two SOCO Roger Conniston stories, Stealing Elgar is definitely NOT to be missed get your copy today

  7. Shelley O& Shelley O& says:

    This is the 2nd book of The Dead Trilogy and I found it to be the most complicated of Andrew s books I ve read There were a LOT of players in the story, multiple story arcs, many events going on at once, plots, subplots, gangs..and that is NOT a bad thing when it is well written Which this is And also, really, these events COULD really happen.Andrew s real life experience shows in the brutality, bloodshed, boredom, and bitterness in this installment The job is not all peachy keenUp n This is the 2nd book of The Dead Trilogy and I found it to be the most complicated of Andrew s books I ve read There were a LOT of players in the story, multiple story arcs, many events going on at once, plots, subplots, gangs..and that is NOT a bad thing when it is well written Which this is And also, really, these events COULD really happen.Andrew s real life experience shows in the brutality, bloodshed, boredom, and bitterness in this installment The job is not all peachy keenUp next NoTears Book 3 of the trilogy.I received an ARC copy of the book from the author and I am thrilled to be able to give you my honest review

  8. lesley Benrimoj lesley Benrimoj says:

    Excellent riveting and a thrill a minuteWow, 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.

  9. Jud Jud says:

    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 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 police PI character in crime novels, the author does not burden the reader with in depth technical explanations but provides brief overviews where deemed necessary to help the story I love how British this story is as well, in my opinion the fact that police officers do not carry guns adds all theto the tension and excitement.The basic story follows Roger Conniston as he investigates a couple of possibly related crime scenes, his wife is cleverly kidnapped and held hostage to force Roger s hand into feeding false evidence to his superiors As if that wasn t enough of a story for Barrett, there is still an unidentified mole in the police station who is updating the criminals on all Roger s findings, his wife s life depends on him being able to circumvent the mole and keep them in the dark Several storylines twist together and combine in this story, with the local criminal gang, IRA members and Russian mafia types all involved it s a Hollywood movie epic

  10. Clive Foulds Clive Foulds says:

    Great follow up book to A Long Time Dead Longer than the first in the series and so allowing forcharacter development Can t wait to read the final instalment.

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10 thoughts on “Stealing Elgar

  1. Hans Hans says:

    Wow A very addictive police procedural with Roger Conniston as the leading SOCO specialist Written with a lot of inside forensic knowledge Very detailed, but certainly not too much detail.Fast paced from start to finish Really impressive storytelling.


  2. The Cats’ Mother The Cats’ Mother says:

    It has taken me 18 days to get through this, and I confess had this not been from one of my favourite authors, I would ve bailed at around the 10% mark I found myself reading a run of paperbacks in parallel, because while I did want to get through it, actually spending time in it s world was uncomfortable.It s quite long, and it basically confirmed for me that I just don t like gangster stories too many horrible people double crossing each other, or beating up their underlings This was a dar It has taken me 18 days to get through this, and I confess had this not been from one of my favourite authors, I would ve bailed at around the 10% mark I found myself reading a run of paperbacks in parallel, because while I did want to get through it, actually spending time in it s world was uncomfortable.It s quite long, and it basically confirmed for me that I just don t like gangster stories too many horrible people double crossing each other, or beating up their underlings This was a dark complicated story with a large cast of characters, drenched in casual cruelty and violence It s a good book, don t get me wrong, but I didn t enjoy it If you are new to this author, I strongly recommend his Eddie Collins series which came after this one.Book two in the Dead trilogy set in Leeds, about SOCO Roger Conniston is set a few months after the events of A Long Time Dead and it would be preferable although not essential to read these in order Roger has been promoted but is struggling in his managerial role and with the lack of respect from his police colleagues Meanwhile a gangster who calls himself Hades has got himself into deep trouble having made a plan with the Russian mob to attempt an ambitious heist, he has been ripped off by some idiotic subcontractors and now Irish terrorists have taken his teenage daughter, so he hatches a plan to subvert the police investigation by kidnapping Roger s crippled wife, Yvonne.The major strength of Barrett s books, aside from the excellent writing, is the forensic knowledge which adds a fascinating dimension to the story I thought he overdid it in the first book but this one gets it just right Little clues are scattered throughout and we follow Roger as he doggedly follows them in the face of scorn and criticism from all around Unfortunately, Roger is a difficult hero to like, and it s not just because he s not Eddie Collins Eddie is just as antagonistic and pigheaded but he has a wicked sense of humour, and while they both make mistakes, Roger s are completely idiotic I also struggled with Roger s relationship with Yvonne She is portrayed as a shrewish drudge, embittered by her arthritis, who doesn t seem to even like him and resents her dependence on him In the last book Roger was cheating on her with his counsellor, and their home life seems miserable, yet we are expected to believe he loves her so much he ll risk his own life for her, as he can t contemplate life without her In contrast, I did like the relationships between Roger and Shelby, and Chamberlain, both interesting characters.Hades was also an intriguing villain sadistic thug one moment, sentimental father the next, but any time you start to sympathise he does something awful again, and the callousness of his whole plan is shocking.The build up takes a long time, and many characters are introduced just to be killed off in various gruesome ways, and I was glad of the kindle search function which made keeping track of who was who much simpler Once the action finally gets going the pace speeds up and the reveal of what exactly it is Hades is up to I was part relieved and part disappointed It took me 17 days to read the first 50% but only one to get through the second half I will read the final book, as I already bought it, and want to see what the fallout of the explosive ending is, and what Roger does next 3.5 rounded up because a large part of my complaints here reflect my tastes and prejudices rather than faults of the book


  3. PJ PJ says:

    Loved it A lot of action throughout the book It didn t get dull


  4. Dawn Dawn says:

    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 The author s own experience in this field brings a breath of fresh air to the genre and helps us to see muchabout 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 Being told from the viewpoint of a Scenes of Crime Officer it offers an entirely different focus on crimes and other events The author s own experience in this field brings a breath of fresh air to the genre and helps us to see muchabout 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 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 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 I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series I try to make it a rule not to start a new book until I have reviewed the one I have just written if I am going to review it so that I don t forget what I wanted to say about it, but this time it was a hard rule to stick to as I am itching to get to the next one to see where it takes us.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


  5. Kath Middleton Kath Middleton says:

    This is the second book in the Dead trilogy and although it s a long book, my attention never flagged The protagonist Roger Conniston, a Scene of Crime Officer, is doubtful of his abilities in his new role as Senior SOCO 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 The protagonist Roger Conniston, a Scene of Crime Officer, is doubtful of his abilities in his new role as Senior SOCO 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 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 I had to go out 5% from the end and I couldn t rest till I d returned and finished it The writing is imaginative and puts you quickly in the frame of the action 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 It did me


  6. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    Stealing Elgar a review by Rosemary KennyStealing Elgar is Book 2 in The Dead Trilogy series of SOCO Roger Conniston stories by the inimitable Andrew Barrett, who really knows his stuff when it comes to the expert inside knowledge required to create such wonderful characters on both sides of the law he s lived the same or similar events throughout his other career as a police officer dealing in just such cases.A suitably villainously named master crook, Hades, is Conniston s antagonist in Stealing Elgar a review by Rosemary KennyStealing Elgar is Book 2 in The Dead Trilogy series of SOCO Roger Conniston stories by the inimitable Andrew Barrett, who really knows his stuff when it comes to the expert inside knowledge required to create such wonderful characters on both sides of the law he s lived the same or similar events throughout his other career as a police officer dealing in just such cases.A suitably villainously named master crook, Hades, is Conniston s antagonist in the conflict, involving both the newly promoted SOCO and his emotionally estranged wife, Yvonne This time it s personal and despite the distance between them, Conniston is still devastated when Yvonne is kidnapped, to ensure his complicity in Hades success in his next heist.After all, as he d been seemingly forgiven for his own recent affair with his therapist, he is hardly in the position to complain and now it may be too late A tautly written crime thriller that will compel you to read the other two SOCO Roger Conniston stories, Stealing Elgar is definitely NOT to be missed get your copy today


  7. Shelley O& Shelley O& says:

    This is the 2nd book of The Dead Trilogy and I found it to be the most complicated of Andrew s books I ve read There were a LOT of players in the story, multiple story arcs, many events going on at once, plots, subplots, gangs..and that is NOT a bad thing when it is well written Which this is And also, really, these events COULD really happen.Andrew s real life experience shows in the brutality, bloodshed, boredom, and bitterness in this installment The job is not all peachy keenUp n This is the 2nd book of The Dead Trilogy and I found it to be the most complicated of Andrew s books I ve read There were a LOT of players in the story, multiple story arcs, many events going on at once, plots, subplots, gangs..and that is NOT a bad thing when it is well written Which this is And also, really, these events COULD really happen.Andrew s real life experience shows in the brutality, bloodshed, boredom, and bitterness in this installment The job is not all peachy keenUp next NoTears Book 3 of the trilogy.I received an ARC copy of the book from the author and I am thrilled to be able to give you my honest review


  8. lesley Benrimoj lesley Benrimoj says:

    Excellent riveting and a thrill a minuteWow, 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.


  9. Jud Jud says:

    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 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 police PI character in crime novels, the author does not burden the reader with in depth technical explanations but provides brief overviews where deemed necessary to help the story I love how British this story is as well, in my opinion the fact that police officers do not carry guns adds all theto the tension and excitement.The basic story follows Roger Conniston as he investigates a couple of possibly related crime scenes, his wife is cleverly kidnapped and held hostage to force Roger s hand into feeding false evidence to his superiors As if that wasn t enough of a story for Barrett, there is still an unidentified mole in the police station who is updating the criminals on all Roger s findings, his wife s life depends on him being able to circumvent the mole and keep them in the dark Several storylines twist together and combine in this story, with the local criminal gang, IRA members and Russian mafia types all involved it s a Hollywood movie epic


  10. Clive Foulds Clive Foulds says:

    Great follow up book to A Long Time Dead Longer than the first in the series and so allowing forcharacter development Can t wait to read the final instalment.


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