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  • Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star Books; 1 edition (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439160783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439160787
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than 40 published novels, several nonfiction books, and more than 130 comic books and graphic novels. His output includes original thriller The Devil's Bait, supernatural thrillers such as Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, horror epic The Slab, and teen horror novels Dark Vengeance (a four-book series, collected in two volumes) and Carnival Summer. Work in licensed publishing includes novels set in the universes of CSI and CSI: Miami, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan, Spider-Man, Superman, Supernatural, and more. Among his best known comics are the long-running horror/Western series Desperadoes, Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography, Garrison, and Fade to Black.

Since 1980, he has worked in the worlds of books, comics, writing, editing and publishing, in nearly every occupation: bookseller and bookstore owner, vice-president of marketing, senior editor, editor-in-chief, freelance writer, technical editor, and occasionally freelance editor.

He's recently joined the digital book revolution, self-publishing the original e-books The Devil's Bait and Carnival Summer, and a new digital reprint of The Slab.

He lives far away from everything and everyone, on the Flying M Ranch in the rural American southwest, and he likes it that way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris91 on 31 July 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An excellent addition to the book series. I've read a number of CSI books by Jeff Mariotte; all were great, and this one is no exception.
The use of the main characters throughout the book is good, as is their descriptions. As for the plots, these are great too and want to make you keep on reading. Descriptions of the various settings is top quality, painting a picture in your mind as you keep reading. The story plays out in your mind exactly as if you were watching it as part of the TV series.
The book itself has a decent number of pages (just over 300 which I like) and 28 chapters, some of which are short so you can always get the book out and just have a quick read if you only have a minute or so, rather than having to stop mid-way through a chapter for example.

Overall, a good book recommended to every CSI fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rodgers on 26 Dec. 2012
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Great read for the cold winter nights when nothing is worth watching on tv, a must read for any CSI fan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Who the hell is Ty??? 13 July 2011
By RiDeZign - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Book is okay... not my fave. But my biggest problem is one of the greatest typos I've seen in a book. When Mrs. Fontaine comes to yell at the folks on the mountain in chapter 13, they tell her they are so sorry about 'Ty'. But her husband, the firefighter, is Marc. Then the next page or so switched back and forth between the two names:

"Mrs. Fontaine," someone said. "I'm so sorry about Ty."
Nick recognized the name--Marc Fontaine had been the fire captain who died."


"You and Marc, you were always at odds. ... Some were worse than others."

"But Harley was worst of all. Telling Ty that his advice was unwelcome and unneeded."


And it continues through the rest of that scene. Hello... what is his name???
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A second close to the tv series 31 Jan. 2010
By Cheryl Koch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You can guarantee that life for the members of CSI is never boring.

Gil Grissom and his team have their hands full with a new murder case. Only this one is a little different. A teenage boy was found in a motel room dead. He was killed by a millipede. Someone is killing people using deadly bugs to kill people. This killer has a very extensive knowledge about insects and their behaviors. Grissom will have to ask help from his fellow entomologists to solve the murders,

The Killing Jar is book thirteen in this line of books based around the hit television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. These books can be read as stand alone novels. I have only watched a few episodes of this series and have to say that this book was a close second to the series. This book had all the elements that make CSI good, though there were just a few parts in the middle of the book where it moved a little slow for me. The plot for this book was intriguing. Who knew that there were so many different deadly insects that you could use to kill someone. Though, from what I read millipedes do not produce poison but they do produce stinky odors. Fans of CSI, who have not read these books, should check them out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bug hunt! 7 May 2010
By David Roy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a banner year in CSI novel fiction, with the wonderful Brass in Pocket coming out last fall and now Donn Cortez's The Killing Jar making its way to store shelves. While my first experience with CSI novels wasn't the most pleasant, these last two have been wonderful novels. Cortez continues the streak with a truly interesting premise that examines a character as much as is possible in a tie-in novel, as well as giving the reader an intriguing plot as well.

A teenager is found dead in a hotel room, killed by millipede poison. Gil Grissom, Nick Stokes, and Riley Adams are forced to face off with a deranged killer whose knowledge of entomology rivals Grissom's own, and who uses that knowledge to not only kill, but to explore the effects of his murders. He may be Grissom's toughest opponent yet. Meanwhile, Catherine Willows and Greg Sanders are investigating the death of a Hawaiian man who was found engulfed in hardened wax and who had his fingers cut off. He's the overlap between the world of crystal meth and the artistic world, and these two crossing is never a good thing.

The format of The Killing Jar is quite basic, with the two cases operating totally independently of each other. In fact, the only crossover at all is the occasional update that Catherine has to give Grissom because he's the supervisor. Otherwise, neither case overlaps with the other. While Catherine and Riley were heavily explored in Brass in Pocket, it's Grissom's turn to shine in this one. The wax-covered corpse case, while presenting some interesting CSI work, doesn't have near the weight of Grissom's case. Cortez gives Greg and Catherine some good character moments, but he doesn't really explore them too much (other than Greg's fascination with the annual Burning Man event in the Nevada desert).

Instead, Grissom is the focus of this novel, and Cortez does a great job with him. This book takes place between the first ten episodes of Season 9 of the television series. Warrick is dead, Sara Sidle (Grissom's lover and fellow CSI) has gone away in search of herself, and Grissom is beginning to reflect on his time in Las Vegas, wondering whether it's time to hang things up and follow Sara. This was all fully explored in those ten episodes, but Cortez does a good job adding to that here. Memories of Warrick abound, and he also reflects back to a couple of conversations he had with Sara about certain things. Meanwhile, he's faced with a killer who seems to be trying to test him.

I loved all the little "bug facts" that Cortez presents to the reader in Grissom's analysis of the case. It was fascinating watching Grissom try to understand the killer, thinking about insect societies and how they work, and how that can be translated into thinking about human societies. Whenever the cases themselves might have dragged a little bit, I was drawn in by all of the research Cortez obviously did on this subject. The best thing is, none of it is presented in massive infodumps because nobody but Grissom understands this stuff anyway. Thus, they have to have it explained to them. Cortez doesn't make these passages very long, though, presenting facts here and there rather than all at once.

Riley gets a couple of character moments too, as she is still trying to fit in as the "new girl." She doesn't want to suck up to Grissom, but she does want to gain his (and the rest of the team's) respect and she doesn't want to be given the dirty and boring jobs just because she is new. In this, we also get a little more insight into the relationships Grissom has with his "family" of CSIs. I loved when Nick told Riley that from Grissom, since he's such a private person, a "good job" is basically as good as somebody else throwing a huge party in your honor.

The prose in The Killing Jar is serviceable, with short and choppy sections making the book a breeze to blow through in a Saturday afternoon. Sometimes it's a bit too choppy, and Cortez has an annoying habit of ending each section on a "cliffhanger" (like Doc Robbins telling Nick to poke the bag covering the high school student's face, then the section ends and he comes back to it later, with Nick getting to feel the bag move under his fingers as the millipedes get disturbed). Otherwise, it's an enjoyable read where you won't notice how the book is written and can concentrate on the plot.

The best compliment I can give The Killing Jar is that it really feels like a CSI episode. He keeps all of the people in character, they all sound like themselves, it has a little bit of humor in it as well as the intriguing situations. You could see in your mind the actors spouting the lines he gives them. While we don't necessarily learn anything new about the characters, he does put them in situations that highlight the characters we already know, as well as giving them small bites of character that won't interfere with what the show itself tells us.

It's almost the perfect tie-in novel, and a must read for any CSI fan.

Originally published on Curled Up With a Good Book © David Roy, 2010
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Could CSI Be Better In Novel Form? Maybe! 19 May 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sure I've been a fan of CSI for years, else I probably wouldn't have noticed that there are now books out about the series! The Killing Jar by Donn Cortez took place during the 9th season; however, I either missed it...or...

There is quite a difference in seeing the TV show versus reading a novel! The main difference is the speed of the TV programs--everything is moving so fast that you never spend too much time on anything other than following the clues to solve the murder(s). But, in the novel, you can read at your own pace, and you can take your time and see if you perhaps can follow or solve the crime yourself! More like a whodunit novel!

But mostly I enjoyed the development of characters, reading their thoughts which of course is impossible on TV, and setting the stage more in the novels. Of course, I easily pictured the characters' faces in my mind, but I got to know them more in just one book than I would have on the screen. Also, seeing the words, you realize that you probably would have missed them if quickly said. For instance, would you know what a "tinkle tweaker" was if you just heard it during a conversation?

Grissom is supposed to be attending an entomological professional conference that happened to be scheduled in his own town; however, when Nick and Riley was at their crime scene and realized how the individual had been killed, Nick knew he had to at least notify Gil! For what looked to be a suicide, using a bag over his head, was actually death--by Millipedes! And the next death resulted in Dr. Robbins being seriously bit by a spider who attacked him when he opened a body for autopsy!

Catherine and Greg were handling another bizarre death when they discovered that their victim had died with his body filled with...wax! Following the "wax" clue got them involved with those making and dealing meth and then into discussions with artists and actors who created bullets made out of wax, proving it by shooting Greg!

Of course Grissom got involved with the investigation and also found that several of his acquaintances from the convention were curious to learn about what was happening, even when everybody knew that they would have to be considered as suspects, since the deaths which occurred had to have been planned by someone with exceptional knowledge of entomology...

All of us know that in CSI, the cases are always solved through the science, but these two were more unusual than some others I've seen. I thoroughly enjoyed the movement from TV into novels. The author has the opportunity to expand far beyond what is shown on TV and, for me, that was the main enjoyment I found in the novel.

How about you, I've always considered CSI top TV entertainment. But having the novels come out after I know all of the characters and practices, I found the novel even more enjoyable reading!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
well done 2 July 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On Mt. Charleston where McMansions abut the forest, a fire blazes. The Engine 42 crew tries to put out the flames, but a sudden change in the wind sends the inferno at the first responders killing all of them. In another part of Las Vegas, a dog brings home a human hand and starts chewing on it. Driving home from a fund raiser medic mogul Dennis Daniels, potential political candidate, is hurt by a roadside bomb. The three cases have in common CSI trying to determine who the respective responsible people for each incident are.

In the arson incident, CSI uses forensic evidence to track down the killer; they are surprised by the identity and why he did it. DNA leads to the person missing a hand. As for the injuries Dennis incurred, good old fashion police work solves that case. The death of the police officer at the hands of an unknown person without any motive or reason remains a mystery until CSI gets trace evidence that leads them to the cop killers who hide behind a radical fringe group at odds with another strange organization.

Like Lee Goldberg and Donald Bain, Jeff Mariotte writes exciting mysteries based on TV shows. The author understands the essence of CSI and the cast, which enables series fans to believe the inquiries are performed by genuine people working real cases. Especially well done is the smooth transition from one crime to another smoothly, which insures readers will not be jarred from the entertaining story line.

Harriet Klausner
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