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Publishers WeeklyThe latest nonfiction look at the crime scene investigators who've inspired a TV drama mill comes from authors (Bodies We've Buried) and former trainers at the National Forensic Academy. Profiling eight units, Hollcox and Welch's tales cover a range of crimes and investigators, from gun-slinging Texas Rangers-"empowered like no other law enforcement agency in the country"-to the NYPD, a 37,000-officer force served by a 50-person crime scene unit (their favorite forensics-centric show? Blood spatter expert-as-serial killer drama Dexter). Besides profiling the squads, Hallcox and Welch join them in the field, retracing a drug-crazed mountain man's criminal trail, examining the unique conditions of each scene (in Minnesota, "the deeper the snow gets, the more likely that prints... will cave in on themselves") and delivering the requisite gross-outs (like an "eighty- to one-hundred-pound mass of maggots" in a human corpse). Along with equipment notations and make-shift techniques employed by budget-strapped units, a glossary fills readers in on technical esoterica like the Combined DNA Index System and how to "string" a bloodstain. With as much suspense as any hour-long TV mystery, this should appeal to fans of CSI, its imitators, and the old-fashioned true-crime books that paved their way.
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