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True Stories of CSI: The Real Crimes Behind the Best Episodes of the Popular TV Show

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The bestselling forensic psychologist examines the true crimes that inspired the television smash hit, C.S.I.

Katherine Ramsland follows the evidence and revisits some of the most absorbing episodes of the phenomenally popular C.S.I. television franchise, and explores the real-life crimes that inspired them. She also looks into the authenticity of the forensic investigatio
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Berkley (first published August 26th 2008)
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Gwen
Nov 22, 2011 Gwen rated it really liked it
I am proud to admit "I love me some CSI" and forensic information. It was interesting to read the true events that influenced episodes of CSI. I liked how there were short chapters, each devoted to a particular episode. It was not terrribly tech. driven. But it wasn't meant to be a textbook.
C.M. Thompson
Jun 05, 2016 C.M. Thompson rated it it was ok
Several accounts of the cases behind some of the CSI episodes. Only a few lines on the CSI t.v. episode it relates to and no new insights on the fairly well known cases. Feels a little bit like a cash in book.
Samuel Helms
Jun 01, 2016 Samuel Helms rated it really liked it
Katherine Tamsland has wrote a great book with many good stories in it that makes the reader think about the life outside of their safe little home. Ture stories of C.S.I. has many different cases written out that Ph.D's have had to go through and solve them. Each story gets your mind guessing on who was the killer or how the crime happened.
There are multiple different cases but ill write about one of my favorites. It happens to be the very first case which I think was a great idea because this
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Sue
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimen
Library only offered this book in large print version, which seemed very remedial--both physically as well as content. Takes some adjustment.

I was familiar with some of the cases, having followed them closely on Court TV when they occurred. They were covered fairly well here, so I have to trust the rest for veracity.

I especially enjoyed the little blurb in the beginning of each story: "C.S.I. version (for a program adaptation)", then an excerpt about the "real" story.
Maddie h
Feb 29, 2016 Maddie h rated it it was amazing
Katherine Ramsland has created an amazing book that I really like. These are true stories that have been made into TV episodes. True Stories of CSI is truly amazing at showing the thinking behind all of these cases.
There are many different people in this book that have truly gone through these situations, but have had their names changed for safety reasons. These cases are very interesting and very cool to be able to understand what the professionals are thinking and how they are figuring out. T
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Kaelyn
Feb 03, 2009 Kaelyn rated it liked it
An interesting read but I do not think that she did a very good job editing. There were several mistakes (Like getting Jonestown 11 years off) and a few typos. Also I do not believe that she even watched the episodes as she had several synopses incorrect. Other then that it is entertaining.
Dana Ann
Jan 27, 2016 Dana Ann rated it liked it
Some stories were interesting but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.
Samantha
Jan 08, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it
Interesting but would have liked more info on how it influenced the show
Jill
Apr 26, 2010 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime, life
I picked up this book because it looked interesting and there were a lot of the cases I had never heard of before, but many of them seemed like they were glossed over and not overly researched. Katherine ramsland can do much better.
Christa
Jan 13, 2014 Christa rated it liked it
A lot of these were famous cases molded to fit a CSI episode. Some of the episodes I remembered, but others I confused with the Law & Order episodes. Dick Wolf and Anthony Zuiker must be reading the same headlines.
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I love this book! It was super interesting and great to read.
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