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Mop Men by Alan Emmins
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Dec 01, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in February, 2009

Journalist Alan Emmins profiles Neil Smither, the owner and CEO of Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc., in this wacky, irreverant look at the horrifyingly gruesome world of the detritus left behind from murders, accidents and suicides that happen everyday.

In a nutshell, Neil's company enters the room when the CSI techs leave. In blunt words he tells how he removes baseboards to get any blood that might have seeped under them, checks for brain splatter on the ceilings, and disposes of personal effects so that families don't have to deal with the pain themselves. Its all about doing a good job.

This was a fascinating read with funny scenes like one where a man reneges on paying, saying "you've already cleaned everything so what are you going to do." Neil just calmly brings all the gunk back into the house and dumps it at the man's feet. The man then offers to pay half so Neil offers to take half back to his truck. Obviously the man pays the whole bill.

As graphic as many of the scenes are, Neil's compassion for people's suffering and his enduring work ethic are eloquently described by Emmins.
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