This selection of smart, accessible essays covers CSI's cutting-edge science, intriguing mysteries, and engaging personal dynamics. Essays from experts in the field illuminate such processes as DNA testing, ballistics, crime-scene photography, and autopsy procedure. With pieces that focus on the leads' varying appeals, the history of forensics on television, the show's treatment of alternate sexualities, and whether the incredible attention to detail actually gives criminals an advantage, this anthology provides an in-depth investigation that enriches the viewing experience.
About the Author
Donn Cortez is an author in the CSI: Miami tie-in book series as well as the author of The Closer and The Man Burns Tonight. As Don DeBrandt, he is also the author of Angel: Shakedown, Steeldriver, and VI as well as a number of essays in the Smart Pop series. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book contains a variety of viewpoints regarding the CSI series, some of the differences between 'real life crime scene investigation' and that on television, and the CSI series' impact on our lives. The second chapter, titled 'The CSI Effect' was written by one of the original CSIs (yours truly), who worked at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department when CSI creator Anthony Zuiker was riding with Crime Scene Analysts (CSI) to conduct research for his pilot and initial series episodes. A three-part definition and detailed description is provided for the 'CSI Effect'. One part of the chapter, 'Why Cops, Prosecutors, and Real CSIs Hate the World's Most Popular TV Show' asks and answers some very candid questions directed to law enforcement professionals. Some in law enforcement will hate this chapter just as much as they dislike the CSI shows, if they don't open their minds and stop believing their own stereotypical and misinformed ideas about this fictional and entertaining television series. If you love CSI, this book is definitely for you. If you don't like the shows, I dare you to read the book. I'm sure you'll come away with a different perspective.