CSI: Sin City Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Lynn Pierce didn't show up at her friend's house as promised, Millie Blair knew that something was wrong. And when Millie listened to the tape that Lynn had placed in her safekeeping, she convinced her husband to go with her to report that Lynn was missing. Ordinarily, the police would not investigate a missing persons report when that person had only been missing for 7 hours, but after listening to the tape, where Lynn's husband Owen threatened to murder her and cut her up into little pieces, Grissom took the whole team out to investigate Lynn's house. When that search turned up nothing, the CSI team had no choice but to back off, even though they could all sense that Lynn was dead and not just on vacation as her husband claimed.
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Later that night, Grissom sent Catherine Willows and Sara Sidle to Dream Dolls, one of the strip clubs where Catherine used to work, to investigate a murder. Catherine did not want to be reminded of that time her life and could do without Sara's fascination with her previous career, but Grissom was right in that Catherine knew the world better than any of the other CSIs. The dead stripper was named Jenna Patrick and she was strangled with some electrical wire. The security videos showed that Jenna took a patron in a Lipton construction jacket, beard and dark glasses into the back room to perform a private lap dance - and then she died. All of the clues pointed to Jenna's sometimes violent boyfriend, Ray Lipton, who wanted Jenna to quit stripping, but Catherine's gut told her that there was more to the murder than was obvious...

Meanwhile, Warrick & Nick discovered Lynn Pierce's car at the airport, but it was so clean that it looked like it came off of a dealership floor. However, after careful examination, they discovered some blood and shattered glass that led them to believe Lynn's body was transported in her own car. When a piece of a woman's body was found floating in Lake Mead, Grissom knew that they had found a piece of Lynn Pierce. The husband had something to do with it, but they couldn't find any evidence at the Pierce's to support Grissom's theory. But the more Grissom, Warrick & Nick got to know Owen Pierce, the more determined they were to nail him - and to find the evidence that he was a lot more involved in his wife's disappearance than he claimed...

This is the second book in the CSI series written by Max Collins and it was just fabulous! I love that Collins stays so true to the characters' personalities from the TV show so you feel that you are actually watching a CSI episode instead of reading a book written about it. In fact, I feel that I am learning more about the characters because you can be so much more descriptive in a book when you are describing motivations and personality traits. Collins is very detailed in his descriptions and I can visualize exactly how they would shoot the episode for TV. The mysteries were great and dealt with exactly the kind of plots that would happen in the regular series. If you enjoy the TV series, you should love these books!
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   prostitutes/stripper/porn Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   big city life Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   decapitated    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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