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Reads Like a Textbook, Not a Mystery Novel - Boring!
on August 14, 2014
I've read all of the other CSI novels by Max Allan Collins and loved all of them, but this one, written by a different author, is a total fail! I actually had a hard time finishing it because it was so boring - the story itself had a lot of holes in it and didn't give the reader a sense of closure about the plot. In the Max Allan Collins CSI books, he wrote in a much more flowing style and his dialogue was consistent with what the characters on the show would actually say, but in this book, several of the characters just didn't sync with what we know of them. But what really killed this book for me was the textbook way the author had of writing - I felt like I was reading a forensic textbook instead of a mystery/thriller! Of course it's important for us as readers to understand the forensics as related to the story and how they are collected and analyzed, but it was definite overkill by this author. You're so busy trying to comprehend the forensic language, that you get distracted from the story.
If you're a fan of the previous CSI books, you're going to be very disappointed in this one because it's nowhere near as good - skip this one all together.