The Burning Season: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Pocket, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ou guessed it.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
is a print version of the popular television series
The Burning Season
, we read of Nick and Catharine, Sara and Greg, and the others who work the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau graveyard shift.
t's fun to read of these people and be able to picture them – their build, tones of voice, abilities, and interactions with each other. It's not polite to eavesdrop but I felt that's what I was doing while reading - and I enjoyed every moment of my poor behavior.
ix fire fighters fight a fire that would cost them their lives. Might it have been deliberately set? A human hand is found – detached from its body. Whose hand is it? Why was it amputated? And where is the rest of the body?
ocal big man in town Dennis Daniels is being targeted by picketers for a variety of reasons. Mostly so that the throng can have something to picket about. The man's two-car cavalcade is blown up. He survives. Only to be targeted once again.
he Crime Scene Investigators - who with all their forensic experience, the latest scientific machines and chemicals with exotic names, are able to determine DNA from a wee blood sample or a miniscule scrap of fabric found at the scene of a fire - are called upon to help with all of the above perceived criminal acts.
or those of us who vicariously live in law enforcement,
takes us out of our everyday worlds and allows us to imaginatively live the lives of these crime fighters. We all know there's very little romance in the crimes they have to investigate, but this novel allows us to wallow in a touch of
what could have been
puts a bit of a spark in our day.
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