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Heat Wave (CSI: Miami) [Paperback]

Max Allan Collins
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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5 July 2004 CSI: Miami
Former homicide detective Horatio Caine (David Caruso) leads a crack team of forensic scientists who investigate crimes amid the tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. Together they collect and analyse the evidence to expose the truth and bring to justice those who cannot speak for themselves: the victims. FULLER DESCRIPTION TO COME

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743492110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743492119
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense 23 Aug 2004
By J J
The book is just like the tv series. Very intense, you get wrapped up in the story. Lots of twists and turns, and the ending is up expected. Not giving much away, cause it is good to see if you can work out the clues, like a real CSI investigator!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Hot Heat 4 Jun 2008
A gang war is brewing in Miami and where there is crime there is crime scene investigation. Horatio and his team have a more personal interest in the gang warfare when one of their own is targeted. It turns out that the gun came from an unusual place and that the suspects could be better connected than most. With the city chiefs on his case Horatio must work his team fast, but efficiently, to try and catch some killers before all hell breaks lose.

I was not expecting much from a tie in of `CSI Miami' as I am not a huge fan of the show. Therefore, I was impressed how well the show adapted to novel form. The characters in my opinion actually work better on paper as there is no smug actor to get in the way. Horatio seems driven and intelligent, rather than a little constipated like on the TV. Only pathologist Alexx still grates. It helps that Collins has managed to write an enjoyable story that zips along at a decent pace always giving you action when you need it. Any misgivings I have are over the simplicity of the case as I was able to solve it by half way. Despite this I did enjoy the journey that the CSI team took getting to the same conclusion as myself, one scene set in the University pool is particularly good. This book does not contain enough meat for none fans of the show, but for people who watch any strain of `CSI' there is enough here to make it enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but enjoyable 8 Nov 2009
This book is slightly more balanced for characters than the first CSI Miami book was, Horatio is still the centre point, but the other characters actually seem like supporting characters here instead of one shot guest appearances. Good use is made of the fact that this is a book un-reliant on budget and time restraints and the plot is suitably scaled up, although the body count does get a little silly and maybe somewhat far-fetched. I read the entire thing in one night and enjoyed reading it, although it's unlikely to go down in my list of 'best books ever'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pottymouth 4 May 2008
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I haaven't quite finished the book yet, but it so far is quite interesting. What disappoints me, is that the characters in the book don't connect very well to the characters the show has created. And in the show, no one hardly ever cusses. I am on page 64 and there have already been way too many cuss words......there are more in the first 60 pages than there is in the whole CSI:Miami series!!!! I am going to finish the book and hopefully I won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer in the City (Which Means Murder) 2 Dec 2007
By Jennifer Wardrip - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of my favorite CSI: MIAMI reads! When the leaders of a number of gangs in Miami start dying, it's up to Horatio and the CSI crew to figure out who's behind the deaths -- and the answer will surprise you! Another great, quick CSI read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good summer read 24 Jun 2004
By Cat - Published on
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After the drive-by killing of crime boss Kurt Wallace, a war between the many gangs of Miami began to vie for control of the Miami's underworld. Soon each gang becomes a victim to an attack, only to turn around and kill out of revenge, leading to the city becoming a bloodbath. Soon after this all starts, a DEA hotshot, Jeremy Burnett, is wounded and his wife killed in drive-by identical to the murder of Wallace, bringing the Feds into the picture as well. Lieutenant Horatio Caine and his CSI team are trying to solve the mystery behind the Wallace murder because they believe that once they find out who started the gang war, they can bring an end to it. On top of this, this all has to be done before the Governor is forced to bring in the National Guard to stop the gang war.
One thing I like about Collins' CSI books is that they aren't based on a specific episode of CSI (like you find with other novelizations of TV series) but are stand alone books. It was nice being able to relate to the main characters of the book since I am familiar with the show. However, I did get very confused with all the different gangs, their leaders, and who was involved with what that I almost had to start taking notes. Unless an author is generous enough to put in a separate listing of cast of characters, I'm not too thrilled when a book gets like this. Other than that, it was an enjoyable, easy read and well worth putting on a summer reading list.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak book in Collins' CSI series 10 Sep 2004
By Joseph P. Weber - Published on
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I have become a fan a Collins' CSI books. This one is by far the weakest of the lot. The plot is extremely far-fetched and not written in a way to make it at all believable. The ending is both predictable and laughable.

I was also disappointed in the character development. What has impressed me with Collins' other CSI books is the way he is able to further develop the characters that the television series has brought to life. He does nothing to add to any of the characters in this book and does little to show the personalities that the television series has developed.

I do recommend reading Collins' other CSI books if you enjoy either of the CSI television shows (or even to read them if you are not a fan of the shows because the books are decent stand-alone reads). But this one can be missed. It does not even come close to living up the standards set in his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best CSI books 8 Sep 2004
By sylver_one - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think Max Allan Collins has much more a feel of the Miami characters than he does for the Vegas ones. This book is very well written, and is very true to the series.
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