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Product Details

  • Series: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439160872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439160879
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Mariotte is the author of more than forty-five novels, including the supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, River Runs Red, Missing White Girl, and Cold Black Hearts; the thriller The Devil’s Bait, the horror epic The Slab, the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet, and others, as well as dozens of comic books, notably Desperadoes and Zombie Cop. He has written books, stories, and comics set in beloved fictional universes, including those of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, CSI and CSI: Miami, The Shield, Criminal Minds, Conan, Superman, Spider-Man, Hellraiser, and many more, and is a two-time winner of the Scribe Award presented by the International Association of Media Tie-inWriters. He’s a co-owner of the specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, and lives in southeastern Arizona on the Flying M Ranch. Please visit him at JeffMariotte.com or Facebook.com/JeffreyJMariotte.

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Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the multiple award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including dark thriller EMPTY ROOMS, original supernatural thrillers SEASON OF THE WOLF, COLD BLACK HEARTS, RIVER RUNS RED and MISSING WHITE GIRL, horror epic THE SLAB, thriller THE DEVIL'S BAIT, and the Bram Stoker-Award nominated teen horror quartet DARK VENGEANCE, as well as books set in the universes of Supernatural, CSI, Star Trek, Spider-Man, Superman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan the Barbarian, 30 Days of Night, and more. His occasional nonfiction includes the true crime book CRIMINAL MINDS: SERIAL KILLERS, SOCIOPATHS & OTHER DEVIANTS. Some of his short horror fiction has been collected in NINE FRIGHTS.

He is also the author of more comic books than he has time to count, including the horror graphic novels FADE TO BLACK and ZOMBIE COP, the original Western series DESPERADOES (some of which have been nominated for Stoker and International Horror Guild awards) and the bestselling PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL: BARACK OBAMA.

With writing partner Marsheila Rockwell, he has published an original fantasy novella called "A Soul in the Hand," in the NEVERLAND'S LIBRARY anthology and dark fantasy "John Barleycorn Must Die" in OUT OF TUNE. Much more is on the way.

He lives in Arizona's high desert. More information than you would ever want to know about him is at jeffmariotte.com, where you'll also find a link to his blog.

Customer Reviews

Way too much technical detail that keeps the story from moving forward.
Patricia McFerren
The book describes several days during what could have been an actual episode.
G. C. Levine
The three stories are well incorporated in the book without being choppy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RiDeZign on July 12, 2011
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Book is okay... not my fave. But my biggest problem is one of the greatest typos I've seen in a book. When Mrs. Fontaine comes to yell at the folks on the mountain in chapter 13, they tell her they are so sorry about 'Ty'. But her husband, the firefighter, is Marc. Then the next page or so switched back and forth between the two names:

"Mrs. Fontaine," someone said. "I'm so sorry about Ty."
Nick recognized the name--Marc Fontaine had been the fire captain who died."


"You and Marc, you were always at odds. ... Some were worse than others."

"But Harley was worst of all. Telling Ty that his advice was unwelcome and unneeded."


And it continues through the rest of that scene. Hello... what is his name???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on January 31, 2010
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You can guarantee that life for the members of CSI is never boring.

Gil Grissom and his team have their hands full with a new murder case. Only this one is a little different. A teenage boy was found in a motel room dead. He was killed by a millipede. Someone is killing people using deadly bugs to kill people. This killer has a very extensive knowledge about insects and their behaviors. Grissom will have to ask help from his fellow entomologists to solve the murders,

The Killing Jar is book thirteen in this line of books based around the hit television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. These books can be read as stand alone novels. I have only watched a few episodes of this series and have to say that this book was a close second to the series. This book had all the elements that make CSI good, though there were just a few parts in the middle of the book where it moved a little slow for me. The plot for this book was intriguing. Who knew that there were so many different deadly insects that you could use to kill someone. Though, from what I read millipedes do not produce poison but they do produce stinky odors. Fans of CSI, who have not read these books, should check them out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on May 7, 2010
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It's been a banner year in CSI novel fiction, with the wonderful Brass in Pocket coming out last fall and now Donn Cortez's The Killing Jar making its way to store shelves. While my first experience with CSI novels wasn't the most pleasant, these last two have been wonderful novels. Cortez continues the streak with a truly interesting premise that examines a character as much as is possible in a tie-in novel, as well as giving the reader an intriguing plot as well.

A teenager is found dead in a hotel room, killed by millipede poison. Gil Grissom, Nick Stokes, and Riley Adams are forced to face off with a deranged killer whose knowledge of entomology rivals Grissom's own, and who uses that knowledge to not only kill, but to explore the effects of his murders. He may be Grissom's toughest opponent yet. Meanwhile, Catherine Willows and Greg Sanders are investigating the death of a Hawaiian man who was found engulfed in hardened wax and who had his fingers cut off. He's the overlap between the world of crystal meth and the artistic world, and these two crossing is never a good thing.

The format of The Killing Jar is quite basic, with the two cases operating totally independently of each other. In fact, the only crossover at all is the occasional update that Catherine has to give Grissom because he's the supervisor. Otherwise, neither case overlaps with the other. While Catherine and Riley were heavily explored in Brass in Pocket, it's Grissom's turn to shine in this one. The wax-covered corpse case, while presenting some interesting CSI work, doesn't have near the weight of Grissom's case.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2010
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Sure I've been a fan of CSI for years, else I probably wouldn't have noticed that there are now books out about the series! The Killing Jar by Donn Cortez took place during the 9th season; however, I either missed it...or...

There is quite a difference in seeing the TV show versus reading a novel! The main difference is the speed of the TV programs--everything is moving so fast that you never spend too much time on anything other than following the clues to solve the murder(s). But, in the novel, you can read at your own pace, and you can take your time and see if you perhaps can follow or solve the crime yourself! More like a whodunit novel!

But mostly I enjoyed the development of characters, reading their thoughts which of course is impossible on TV, and setting the stage more in the novels. Of course, I easily pictured the characters' faces in my mind, but I got to know them more in just one book than I would have on the screen. Also, seeing the words, you realize that you probably would have missed them if quickly said. For instance, would you know what a "tinkle tweaker" was if you just heard it during a conversation?

Grissom is supposed to be attending an entomological professional conference that happened to be scheduled in his own town; however, when Nick and Riley was at their crime scene and realized how the individual had been killed, Nick knew he had to at least notify Gil! For what looked to be a suicide, using a bag over his head, was actually death--by Millipedes! And the next death resulted in Dr. Robbins being seriously bit by a spider who attacked him when he opened a body for autopsy!

Catherine and Greg were handling another bizarre death when they discovered that their victim had died with his body filled with...wax!
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