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TABOO - CSI Reilly Steel #1 (Police Procedural Forensic Thriller Series) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Introducing CSI Reilly Steel...

The first forensic thriller in a police procedural crime fiction mystery series for fans of Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter, or TV shows CSI and Criminal Minds.

Forensic investigator Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained and California-born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from bustling San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew.
She's arrived in Ireland to drag the Garda forensics team into the 21st-century plus keep tabs on her Irish-born father who's increasingly seeking solace in the bottle after a past tragedy.
But a brutal serial killer soon puts paid to that. A young man and woman are found dead in a hotel room, the gunshot wounds on their naked bodies suggesting a suicide pact. But as Reilly and the team dig deeper and more bodies are discovered, they soon realize that a twisted murderer is at work, one who seeks to upset society's norms in the most sickening way imaginable...

CSI Reilly Steel Forensic Thriller Series:

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Note: All books are standalone stories and can be read in any order but are best enjoyed in sequence.

CSI Reilly Steel Amazon Categories:- Mystery Series

- Crime Scene Investigation
- Forensic Thriller Series
- Crime Thriller Fiction Series
- Police Procedural Series
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- Irish Crime Fiction
- Romantic Suspense Series

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TABOO - Excerpt

Reilly sat at her desk, her features screwed up in an expression of intense concentration as she studied the crime-scene inventory for the Clare Ryan case. It was a couple of days after the shooting and nearly all the staff had long since left for the day.
To most people, the clinical setting and the oppressive silence - broken only by the low hum of the machinery - would feel eerie and discomfiting. For Reilly however, the peace and quiet of late evening was her preferred time to work.
Now that everyone had gone home, she was free from the noisy distractions of twenty or so laboratory staff laboring all around her. The silence allowed her more time to work, more time to think, and tonight it might allow her uncover what it was about this shooting that had been niggling at her for the last two days.
She'd sensed from the start that something wasn't right but so far had found nothing out of the ordinary amongst the evidence to back this feeling up. The two things she trusted most during an investigation were evidence and instinct. And since leaving that scene, Reilly's instincts were screaming that something was seriously amiss.
Gorman would have laughed if she'd tried to explain this to him. The long-time incumbent, he was head of the old forensic department and hadn't exactly been over the moon about her appointment, or the setting up of the new unit in general. She was glad that the old man would be away on vacation for a while; it gave her an opportunity to run this case the way she wanted - the way she was trained to do back home.
Since she'd arrived at the GFU he'd tried to put her in her place, inferring that her job was just to oversee work in the lab, and that she should have little or no interference in what he was doing, or had done, up to now. While this was true to a degree, from what Reilly had seen, the older man's current methods were pretty half-hearted and pedantic considering it was such an important role, and the old dog had no interest in new tricks.
On top of it, Gorman had an unbelievable ego - something she'd at least been forewarned about before she got here. Like many traditional scientists, he seemed to operate under the belief that his word was gospel and he was also a condescending old chauvinist - something she could handle were he not such a sloppy investigator with it. Still she resented the way he spoke to the female staff, particularly Lucy, who was a real sweetie and Reilly knew was routinely wounded by her superior's dismissiveness.
But office politics aside, Reilly also had to deal with the force's natural resistance to an 'outsider', to say nothing of the inevitable dumb blond jokes. She shook her head, recalling how on her very first day at the office, she'd come out of a morning meeting to find a crimson Baywatch-style swimsuit laid out on her desk. No doubt the culprit and his buddies found it hilarious but it was water off a duck's back to Reilly; she'd had to deal with a lot worse back in her Quantico days.
She looked again at the evidence for the Ryan homicide. This was one of the first scenes she'd managed to co-ordinate entirely on her own, outside of Gorman's interference. Without him breathing down her neck, she'd had as much time as she wanted to run the scene in as much detail as possible. And plenty of time to apply her 'touchy-feely' techniques, she thought, biting back a smile as she recalled the reaction that had gotten.
It was something she'd learned and perfected in her FBI student days. Her Quantico lecturer Rob Crichton, one of the best forensic investigators in the business, had drilled into his recruits the importance of the three-dimensional crime scene. She smiled fondly, recalling the now deceased Crichton - an anti-personnel device at a perp's apartment having put an end to the life of one of the best criminalists she'd ever had the fortune to work with. Although his death was a tragedy, she figured that Rob would have appreciated the irony of his body being blown to smithereens. He himself finally becoming the physical evidence he'd spent much of his life collecting.
'Your senses are there for a reason, people,' he used to say. 'Never ever discount them.'
While Reilly had initially been sceptical, she soon discovered when she applied Rob's painstaking methods that she had an unusually keen sense of smell - something that had been invaluable in almost every case she worked. For some reason she was particularly attuned to perfume and could draw easily on her inner database of various fragrance brands and body creams. For example, she knew that the ME, Karen Thompson favored Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, and that Carol, the GFU receptionist routinely wore CK One. Interestingly she'd noticed that Chanel No. 5, the American woman's favorite, had a far less fervent following on this side of the Atlantic.
Either way, her instincts had served her well in the past and she wasn't about to discard them just because some red-nosed Irish cop thought they were dumb and irrelevant. All mouth and little substance; Reilly could eat a guy like Kennedy for breakfast - not that she wanted to, she thought, shuddering at the notion. He seemed OK, just old school. She'd heard his partner's name mentioned a few times over the last couple of months; Chris Delaney seemed to have a good reputation within the force, and unlike some of his more conservative colleagues, also seemed to be well disposed toward the GFU. She figured that those dark, almost Mediterranean looks must work well when it came to extracting information - particular from the female side of the population - although from what little she knew about him, he didn't seem the type to play on that. And in contrast to Kennedy, he certainly hadn't given her any attitude that morning, and seemed happy to take on board anything significant the lab might come up with.
Which, at the moment, wasn't exactly much.
They'd sent blood samples off for a toxicology screen which, if they came back positive, might - for the shooter at least - go some way toward explaining his actions. However, with the speed the labs worked at, who knew when she'd get those back.
They'd also collected the usual - fingerprints, trace, and fibers - which were now being analyzed. Ballistics were in possession of the gun and cartridges, and Reilly was planning on calling down there the following morning to see if they'd come up with anything of interest.
In the meantime, she was doing what she did best, going over the scene in her mind, trying to recreate the kill, taking into account the evidence they'd uncovered, and hoping for something, anything, that might just help move this case forward.
But so far, all Reilly could come up with was that something didn't feel right.
She sat forward in her seat and for the umpteenth time picked up the photos of the victims taken at the scene before their removal.
What was it? she thought, kneading her forehead in the vain hope that the answer might somehow be released. What was it that about this whole situation that was bothering her? Given the gun's caliber, trajectory and shooting distance, as well as the residue found on the guy's hand, the results all looked consistent, yet there was something telling her that there was more to this, that she was missing something. Something important.
But what?
Chasing evidence, hoping to find answers - sometimes Reilly felt it was all she'd been doing her whole life.

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read September 24, 2013
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I love forensic mysteries and this one certainly had a odd twist in it that I never saw coming. Very engaging from beginning to end, Reilly Steel is a likeable character in a difficult situation. Not really science heavy, so you don't need to be a chemist to understand it, and the clues are all tied together in the end. Finished it in two days, and even with my favorite TV shows entering into new seasons, I found I'd much rather be reading this book than watching the TV.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taboo February 22, 2014
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This is excellent. I only read free books on my kindle and after slogging though the last dozen or so feared that I would have to return to the library for a good read.

This story is well developed, with an excellent plot and characters you would actually like to meet because you have learned something about them and who they are.

For those who care, the book has no misused or misspelled words. The story flows smoothly and effortlessly. Events unfold perfectly to reveal the identity of the killer and the culmination of the tale.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read September 30, 2013
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This was a good book. It started out a little slow but caught up with itself.
I did enjoy reading this book and you will too just give it a few and off you go.
I am the type of person that likes a good mystery and always give the book a few chapters to get the feel of the story. So if you are like me and you like a good mystery....murder mystery....then read this book!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read November 1, 2013
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The story line is great if you're a CSI/mystery fan!!! :-)

I would have given a higher rating if it hadn't been for grammatical errors!! (Sorry, I'm a stickler for that sort of thing.)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ!! October 4, 2013
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This was a fast paced mystery with interesting characters and plot. You can identify easily with them . There is a cohesive plot that makes you want to read more. Am looking forward to the next book with these characters.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taboos October 1, 2013
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The story is competently told, and the lead character knows her way around a lab. However, the staged murders had an "ick" factor that I found hard to deal with, and I did not buy into the reason why the killer did what he or she did. The high body count was unnecessary, and it was hard to believe that all these murders were being committed in Dublin, not exactly the murder capital of Europe. I would have loved to have learned more about its setting, and I'm hopeful for more of that as the series progresses.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheat May 27, 2014
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If u want to charge for a book then do so.....don't hide behind the open invitation to enjoy a suspense and then charge for the conclusion.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip Off May 18, 2014
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Bought this book for 0 and still paid more than it was worth. This book does not end. It is only Part One. With a boring beginning and lots of excessive prose I stuck with it until something interesting happened then a message came on asking for money to continue reading. NEVER will I buy this authoragain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 days ago by Nancy J. Brew-schwall
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it!
Well written. Will keep you on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed it!!!
Published 2 days ago by Joyce Inman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 3 days ago by Milton Schaus
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Creative, imaginative and graphic. Kept me interested and intrigued, it was hard to put down, I would read it again.
Published 9 days ago by Michael Baty
5.0 out of 5 stars taboo
The scenes were so descriptive. I felt as If I was watching a movie but inside my mines eye. All I can say is I'm going to read the other series and found myself a new fav author.
Published 9 days ago by princess
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read. I truly enjoyed reading the book
A fantastic read.I truly enjoyed reading the book.
Published 9 days ago by brenda mcnair
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
Actually, I liked this book. The author writes well and it reeled me in, even though this is not my usual type of read. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taboo
This book is the greatest and I loved it . Will be reading another one of his real soon as I am totally into sci and criminal minds featuring forensics and profilers. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Patricia Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written.. good plot and character development. Once into the story, it is almost impossible to put down! I read it in two evenings.. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
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