Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning up after CSI Goes Home

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It all began in 1995 when a neighbor's son committed suicide. Wanting to help, Tim Reifsteck and Chris Wilson assured their friend that they would take care of the cleanup. Only after numerous futile phone calls did the pair realize that no professional services existed to guide them. These grade-school friends decided to fill the void. Eventually, their good works became their livelihood and grew into a nationwide business. Aftermath, Inc. explores what happens at crime scenes after the high-profile CSI specialists leave.
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In this grisly, swaggering tale of gut-churning crime scenes and the men who clean them up after the forensics team is done, veteran true crime scribe Reavill (Beyond All Reason: My Life with Susan Smith) holds nothing back. From descriptions of crimes ("The fusillade of bullets tore through Johnson's body.... Blood, bits of flesh and bone fragments exploded everywhere") to hepatitis C "bleed-outs" ("All four walls of the bathroom looked like someone had taken a blood hose and turned it on them"), Reavill grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go. He follows the techs from Aftermath, Inc.—a bioremediation outfit in suburban Chicago—as they make the rounds of shotgun suicides, multiple murders and meth lab cleanups; dealing not only with the gross-out of the work but trying to stay sane doing it. While some black humor seeps in around the edges, Reavill mostly depicts a cadre of low-key, hardworking men doing a horrible job with respect and compassion. The narrative pace flags a bit in the last 50 pages when Reavill tries to connect Aftermath's work with larger moral issues, but otherwise, if anything can get CSI watchers to flip off the tube and pick up a book, this is it. (May)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Gil Reavill's Aftermath, Inc. is at once sprightly, grave, morbidly fascinating and conducive to contemplation. It is about the wide consequences of crime and it is also, vividly, about what people will do to earn a living. (Luc Sante, author of Low Life)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641969942
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good reading.

    True story of the company that cleans up a crime scene after the body has been removed. Very interesting. Not for the squeamish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    What a disappointment!

    When this book focuses on the factual, it's an interesting read. It's definitely not for the squeamish but it is enlightening for anyone who wonders how disaster sites are dealt with after the police are through with the scene. Where the book starts to get creepy isn't in the details of the clean-up but in the author's philosophical waxings. He really appears to have some mental health issues that made this reader uncomfortable. He seems more voyeur than reporter. I was so disappointed in this book!

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