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"CSI--Without the makeup."

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A Russian model and a reluctant forensic scientist must join forces to fight a dangerous sex trafficking ring.

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Paul Connert, just your everyday forensic scientist, keeps a dark secret as he combs through scenes of violent death. Then his world is rocked by the beautiful and desperate Vika Koslava, a Russian model who arrived in the US with her
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Calico Press, LLC
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Jud Hanson
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The Criminalist by John Houde, is an average mystery. The plot involves a forensic scientist, Paul Connert, teaming up with Vika Koslava, to try and find her half-sister. They had come to America for be models for an adult-themed photo shoot but when one of the key people disappears, things begin to go awry. First, Vika’s half-sister comes up missing after a wild night of partying. Then, Vika crosses paths with Paul, who is involved in an investigation of a possible sex-trafficking ring. They ul ...more
Billy Buttons
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: The Criminalist: A Novel of Forensic Science Suspense
Author: John Houde

Star Rating: 3 Stars
Number of Readers: 15
Stats
Editing: 7/10
Writing Style: 6/10
Content: 7/10
Cover: 5/10
Of the 15 readers:
10 would read another book by this author.
4 thought the cover was good or excellent.
15 felt it was easy to follow.
10 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plo
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Danielle Urban
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Criminalist by John Houde is an interesting crime novel. Forensic science lovers like myself will enjoy this read. Similar to CSI Criminal Minds this novel demonstrates forensic science in a realistic setting. The suspense builds up as I progressed through the pages. The plot was exciting. Crime, drugs, and a disappearance that kept me intrigued. I liked the forensic scientist, Paul Connert. He is a likable character. It is his duty to investigate the case of her missing sister. Intense, fri ...more
Meiling
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very intricate plot but not confusing, just the right amount of plot twists to keep it unpredictable and exciting. The characters were interesting and real. Lots of background at first but a page turner once the main characters are introduced. Perfect crime novel for vacation/ summer read, and overall enjoyable.
Melinda M
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Criminalist: A Novel of Forensic Science Suspense by John Houde. It is an exciting read that keeps you guessing. If you like suspenseful hovels this is a book worth your time. Forensics science had gained popularity thru TV shows but John Houde brings the reality of it to his book using his years in the filed. He gives enough detail to keep you interested without getting lost. As you read , he makes you not only interested in the story but the characters and their world. If you like thriller ...more
Judy
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A suspense novel that twists and turns and is full of surprises. What a page turner; I couldn't tell where the story was going. I also liked the supporting characters. John worked in this field (see his book, CRIME LAB) and he really knows his stuff. ...more
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Apr 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
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I won this book through Goodreads. I loved this book. It was extremely exciting. Never knew what was going to happen next. A great, fast read. Can't put it down. ...more
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