CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Companion

Authors: Mike Flaherty and Corinne Marrinan
Pocket Books
RRP 16.99, US $24.00, Cdn $35.00
ISBN 0 7434 6741 8
Available 06 September 2004

The city of Las Vegas never sleeps and neither does its crime lab. The Crime Scene Investigators of the Las Vegas Police Department use the latest technology along with solid detective work to solve their cases. With their skilled lab technicians and unbiased medical examiner, they can answer the questions others never even thought to ask. They trust only the evidence to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves - the victims...

The official CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Companion contains dozens of full-colour never-before-seen photographs, in-depth looks at every episode of CSI's first three seasons, plot summaries, and special interviews with cast, producers, and series creator Anthony E. Zuiker.

This book also features exclusive "case files" created from material used in the actual production of the show. These case files are a pretty original idea - I can't recall having seen anything like this used in other guide books - and include photos, files and other material relevant to the featured episodes.

There are also personnel files for all of the lead characters: Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows, Warrick Brown, Nick Stokes, Sara Sidle, Jim Brass, Greg Sanders, and Doctor Al Robbins.

Each episode has a lengthy synopsis, followed by some interesting background information. Sadly, unlike other guide books, there is no mention of music used in the episodes, continuity errors or other background facts. The majority of them are made up of interviews with the cast and crew about the making of each episode and where the ideas came from. This is interesting, but fans may be expecting a little more.

Along with a comprehensive index, there is also an alphabetical list of episodes (something that the majority of guide books never bother to feature, and an addition which is essential).

This large format book looks the business and is surely an essential purchase for CSI fans.

Pete Boomer

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