I got this book free with the purchase of the CSI Computer Game (to be reviewed at a later time) and expected it to be a cheap knock-off of the popular television show. Boy was I wrong on that assumption. Instead, this book is a crafty, intriguing and, for the most part, a well thought-out mystery.
I am a fan of the television show and the author does an excellent job tranforming the personalities the show has been so careful to develop into his characters in the book. Other fans of the television show can clearly visualize each of the characters saying and doing the things written about. And, the author even was able to further develop the characters' personalities through thoughts and motivations that just are not as easily protrayed on televsion. You come out feeling you "know" the characters even a little better than from just watching the TV show.
Moreover, I believe that the characterization in this book is strong enough that someone who has never even seen the show (given its popularity, is there any such person? :-) ), will still enjoy the book and understand the different quirks and traits that have gotten fans of the show to love the characters.
As with the show, the book centers around two different mysteries that the Las Vegas Crime Lab investigators are trying to solve -- a fifteen year old murder and a recent murder. The CSI are amazed when the two cases have striking similarities.
I won't give away the ending, but will say it is a little contrived. Fortunately, not so much so that it took away from an otherwise enjoyable book.
Whether or not you enjoy the television show, I recommend this book.