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  • Series: A C.S.U. Investigation (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425212394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425212394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this brisk, tight novel about the crime scene unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, debut author Dublin borrows from television's CSI, bringing a similarly quirky, career-driven cast to the printed page. Through a beautiful, book-smart rookie, technician Madison Cross, Dublin introduces us to the forensics team, where Madison's uncompromising uncle, David Cross, is in charge. Her first assignment, with partner Melissa Rourke, is to investigate the deaths of two overdosed coeds at the University of Pennsylvania. On day one, Madison manages to annoy homicide detectives, set off a media frenzy and draw the ire of the police commissioner, the mayor and the president of the university. Though David wants the case closed quickly and cleanly, pressure from the media and the officials above him puts Madison and the team to work disproving the possibility of homicide. Madison, of course, thinks the evidence points toward foul play, and soon she discovers there's more to the girls' story than a bottle of pills, leading her into Philly's criminal underbelly. Dublin's novel isn't groundbreaking, but his detailed approach and lively characters make an immersive read; anyone waiting for a CSI: Philadelphia spinoff should be pleased with this well-written, well-meaning derivative. (Sept.)
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D.H. Dublin grabs the reader by the throat from the very first page and doesn't let go until the very last word.
M. Lamba
Madison "Mary Sue" Cross, is a bumbling moron, who screws up in ways that get high profile cases thrown out of courts, but still comes out smelling like a rose.
Evan the Dweezil
Dublin's characters are original, the group dynamic is quite interesting, and the story is totally fresh and new.
C. A. Hopkins

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosa on September 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've just finished "Body Trace" and I want to tell you how much I enjoyed it. It was VERY difficult to put down once I'd started reading. The mystery is mysterious, the pace is perfect, the characters develop very naturally, it's funny, and there are wonderfully creative details throughout - observations, descriptions - that go an extra step in creating an engaging story."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Oskie on October 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I call it the "3 a.m. test" - and "Body Trace" passes it with flying colors, establishing itself as a book I read way past my bedtime on a week night, causing me to bargain with myself and lose one negotiation after another. Long after I should have gone to sleep, I was telling myself I'll just read to page 127, or the space break on page 146, only to read to that point and beyond, until I could not keep my eyes open and had to get to sleep. And then the next morning, I'd read a page and half before brushing my teeth. So, if you're looking for a book with vivid characters, street-smart dialogue, and a plot that impels you forward, "Body Trace" is a crime novel you'll want to read - even if it does cause you to drag your you-know-what around at work the next day.

- Steve Oskie, Philadelphia , PA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hopkins on March 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not sure how I managed to miss reading Body Trace when it first came out (it's been part of my mountainous TBR pile for quite some time), but I'm delighted that it finally made it to the top of the heap. I absolutely could NOT put it down! This is a fascinating police/CSI procedural that expertly introduces us to Madison Cross and the rest of the Philadelphia PD's Crime Scene Unit. While the novel centers around the lives and jobs of a team of crime scene investigators, its resemblance to the well-known CSI TV series ends there. Dublin's characters are original, the group dynamic is quite interesting, and the story is totally fresh and new. So, while the premise isn't exactly unfamiliar, there is nothing worn or faded about this series! As soon as I finished reading Body Trace, I went to Amazon online and ordered Blood Poison and pre-ordered Freezer Burn. Yes, I really liked it!

Madison Cross is intelligent, empathetic, and tenacious. I like her, a LOT. She had a difficult childhood but graduated from medical school at the top of her class and had been accepted into the residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. The world was her oyster, but she felt unfulfilled and unhappy, and didn't feel there was any real purpose to her life. As many of us do when troubled, she longs for the familiarity and comfort of home, Philadelphia - where her Uncle Dave just happens to be Lt. David Cross, head of the the PPD CSU. When Madison explains her doubts about her future to her uncle, he offers her a position as a technician with the CSU, and she immediately accepts.

Madison's first day on the job starts out like a whirlwind. She has barely touched down at the airport when she arrives at work, her suitcases in tow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pam Venn on September 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thought this was well written. It was exciting, kept my attention and led me to look for more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on May 9, 2008
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Madison Cross, newly minted med school graduate and conflicted about her future, joins the C.S.U. (Crime Scene Unit) in Philadelphia as a technician. On her first day she manages to stir up a hornet's nest as she and her colleagues investigate the deaths of two sorority co-eds. Everyone but Madison wants to write it off as an accidental overdose and hush it up as quickly as possible. But Madison sees evidence of foul play, and the more she digs--increasingly jeopardizing her job--the more others try to stop her, including the mysterious black SUVs that trail her everywhere.

Body Trace is a gripping page-turner chock full of fascinating characters and unusual details and a nifty mystery that kept me guessing. The author does a pretty good job of rationalizing why evidence techs are running around investigating crimes (Madison is new and green and gung-ho). Fans of CSI will LOVE this book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.R.D. on September 13, 2006
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This is a fast-paced take on CSI with a different city - Philadelphia - as the story's location. Madison Cross is the central character: a medical school graduate who has been drawn back to the city she grew up in to work where her father once did - the Philadelphia Police Department. As a rookie crime scene investigator, she is determined to find the real cause of the death of two, beautiful Ivy League roomates. Author D.H. Dublin draws on her rookie status, the skepticism of her co-investigators and superiors, and the pressure to protect the reputation of a famous university, to craft a thriller that gets better and better and is hard to put down. The dialogue is crisp, the characters interesting, and the ending a surprise. I'm looking forward to more of her in future C.S.U. Investigations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Shopper on September 26, 2006
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Part of the fun of reading mystery novels is the excitement of discovering a new author with a fresh perspective on the genre. D.H. Dublin is definitely a name I'll be looking for in the future. From the first page Dublin gives us memorable characters I cared about, driven by an inventive, fast-moving plot. I don't know why we don't have a CSI: Philly by now -- as this book makes clear, there's a lot of interest to be mined from the contrast of an Ivy League setting with the crackdens of North Philly. Definitely pick this one up!!!
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