CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Binding Ties

Author: Max Allan Collins
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $7.99, Cdn $11.99
ISBN 1 4165 0239 4
Available 04 April 2005

Ten years ago, Las Vegas was terrorised by "CASt" - a vicious serial killer responsible for nearly half a dozen brutal murders, and who tested the mettle of the LVPD's new Captain, Jim Brass. After a two-year spree, CASt suddenly disappeared and has not been heard from... until now...

Gil Grissom and his CSI team are called in to investigate a homicide that perfectly fits the notorious criminal's modus operandi. But all hell breaks loose when a reporter made famous by the original cases receives a letter from someone claiming to be CASt - and who says he has nothing to do with the latest slaying. Now the CSIs must stop someone who may be a copycat killer from striking again... even as a murderer from the past continues to evade capture, and isn't taking too kindly to rivals.

Binding Ties is an interesting addition to the CSI series of novels. The tale that unfolds turns out to be a very personal investigation for Brass - it was the first meaty case he sunk his teeth into when he moved over to the LVPD.

Max Allan Collins weaves a tale that is certainly worthy of the CSI stamp. It probably wouldn't work that well as a TV episode (too much of the plot relies on getting inside the heads of the CSI team), but as a gripping accompaniment to the show it works its magic.

Will Brass and the CSI team finally catch CASt? Is it CASt, or is a clever copycat murderer attempting to lure everyone into a into a sick and deadly game? It's up to the CSI crime lab to find that piece of evidence, if it exists, that will help everything slot into place.

The best CSI book to be released to date.

Pete Boomer

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