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Sin City
Sin City
by Max Allan Collins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best way to get your CSI fix when it isn't on TV, May 16 2004
This review is from: Sin City (Mass Market Paperback)
I'm not too ashamed to admit the fact that I am a closet fan of CSI. I watched one episode of the series and I got hooked on how the underappreciated members of the Las Vegas Police Department's Criminalistics Division(the CSI's more common name) use an unorthodox combination of high-tech wizardry and gadgetry along with old-fashioned guesswork and detecting to solve the crimes most other agencies would balk at. My further interest in the series has even led to me purchasing both of the CSI computer games. But this was the first book in the CSI books that I read and it captures the TV style to a T.
The CSI crew find themselves involved in 2 unique cases: the disappearance of a loving wife named Lynn Pierce and the brutal murder of an exotic dancer named Jenna Patrick. The book splits the cases with team leader Gil Grissom taking the case of the missing woman and Catherine Willows (Grissom's unofficial second in command) somewhat reluctantly taking the stripper murder (as CSI fans will know Catherine herself used to be a stripper)
Suspicion grows in both cases as the teams find clues that lead them to believe that the people that were closest to the respective victims (The woman's husband in the disappearance case, and Patrick's close friend and co-worker Tera Jameson in the dancer case) are the ones that may be the most responsible for these ghastly crimes. But can they really prove their hunches?
Sin City is a great read for those who are CSI fans and fans of mystery alike. It takes the CSI TV experience and gives it an innovative written form. Capturing the style and dry wit that has made the show a bonafide hit (especially the very sly game of name switching in the stripper case) is what makes the book worth every penny.

Changing of the Guard: Net Force 08
Changing of the Guard: Net Force 08
by Steve Perry
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Net Force: The Next Generation?, May 8 2004
As a somewhat core fan of the 2 Net Force series (the regular novels and the younger Net Force Explorer series) I was more waiting to see what the latest installment would bring for the future's Net/world defense team. After reading the latest I was a little disappointed by the story but still hopeful that with all the new additions to the team future volumes will definitely keep up the good work.
The title refers to the fact that several prominent characters from past Net Force books make their last appearances as members of the Net Force, including Alex Michaels, the Commander in the first seven books. He hands down the title (hence "Changing of the Guard") to Thomas Thorn, while the field unit is handed from General Howard to Abe Kent, a former Marine.
Not too soon after the changeovers does Net Force find itself involved in a case where a disc containing the names of former Russian spies falls into its hands. The disc leads to an attempted kidnapping of one of Net Force's top computer agents, Jay Gridley. We learn that the attempt was perpetrated by a hitman assigned by a multibillionaire who is afraid the disc's information will reveal him to be a former spy himself and will stop at nothing to make sure that the info never sees the light of day. But when the kidnapping gets bungled and Gridley ends up in a coma, Net Force has to stop the attacker and find out what is hidden on the disc.
The story is a seeming partial re-treading of a previous Net Force story that also sent Gridley into a coma, but this time it isn't as engrossing as before. As for the new Net Forcers (Thorn and Kent), they get a rough first start in the mission field but hopefully their next adventure will definitely give them time to flesh themselves out to the reader.
Overall, this was an alright chapter in the Net Force legacy, but not all that satisfying to those who have been with it since book 1.

Public Enemies: The Host of America's Most Wanted Targets the Nation's Most Notorious Criminals
Public Enemies: The Host of America's Most Wanted Targets the Nation's Most Notorious Criminals
by John Walsh
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Above and beyond what we see on AMW, Sept. 29 2001
As an avid fan of America's Most Wanted and host John Walsh, I first began reading his books on the cases when No Mercy was released. When I visited my library recently and found that hehad just published a third book (second dealing with cases from AMW), I was on it without delay. After reading the book, I was not disappointed at all.
Unlike the last 2 books, this one goes a step further and shows us what really happens with the cases after the cameras are off. They don't sit around and sip coffee or pound down donuts...the people who work on the cases featured in the book show that with a little dogged determination and hard work, the fugitives of AMW are caught with amazing speed and rarely with extreme violence.
The book also touches the raw emotional level that we feel for the victims of the crimes and those affected by the senseless acts. I was heartbroken when I read the chapter on the woman who lost her seven-year-old daughter to drug violence and got the justice that she wanted for herself and her child, only to pass away a few years later.
But there are those rare times in the book where you can laugh a little at the exploits of the AMW team. The chapter which features a AMW/Cops crossover features the funny moment when John, assisting in the somewhat hilarious capture of a thief, suddenly gets crushed when the guy is cut from a fence and lands on the one thing closest to him...John.
I loved the book and I hope that John and the AMW team release a new edition with more cases in the not too distant future.

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