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Snake Eyes (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Max Allan Collins
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4 Sep 2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Luck is on the side of most during the incident at the Four Aces Casino and Hotel, when the simmering tension between two rival biker gangs suddenly boils over into all-out violence -- miraculously, there are only two fatalities despite the hundreds of rounds fired on the casino floor. Called to an out-of-control crime scene located outside Las Vegas in the legendary town of Boot Hill, forensic investigators Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows, Nick Stokes and Sara Sidle quickly discover that the casino shootout victims were no innocent bystanders: one was the powerful leader of the Predator gang, and the other a luckless card dealer who may have borne witness to an elaborately staged execution. Meanwhile, back in the glitter of Sin City, CSIs Warrick Brown and Greg Sanders have their own hands full, as the dark side of this desert metropolis is about to wreak havoc on the two investigators via a seemingly endless series of crimes...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416511342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416511342
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MAX ALLAN COLLINS is a two-time winner of the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award and his graphic novel THE ROAD TO PERDITION was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.

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5.0 out of 5 stars CSI: Snake Eyes 26 Dec 2012
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A must read for any csi fan, both the tv shows and books, if you enjoy the shows then read these books, they're definitely good to read, even in the cold winter nights
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's A Lynch Mob Coming For You, Sheriff Grissom! 4 Oct 2006
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After a shoot-out between rival motorcycle gangs leaves one of the leaders and a young woman dead, the gangs square off and it looks like a bloodbath is imminent. Catherine Willows, Gil Grissom, Nick Stokes, and Sara Sidle ride into town to clear up the confusion and put the world back to rights. In the meantime, back in Vegas, Warrick and Greg get totally swamped with murders on a night that just won't end. Greg gets into his first stand-off over pistols, works his first bank robbery, and sees the king of the jungle dead up close. The novel is partially based on real-life events that took place outside of Vegas, but the authors have taken liberties with the story.

SNAKE EYES is the eighth CSI tie-in novel that Max Allan Collins and his behind-the-scenes writing partner Matthew V. Clemens have done. They've also done two of the CSI MIAMI novels and one of the television show, BONES. Collins is a multi-talented author and a grandmaster of mysteries who was recently inducted into a Lifetime Achievement Award at the latest BoucherCon. Matthew V. Clemens has been Collins' writing partner on some projects for the last few years. Their new short story collaboration anthology, MY LOLITA COMPLEX, will be out in November.

SNAKE EYES "feels" just like a television episode of the series. The characters are all their in their glory. The book is set in the fifth season (before Stokes was kidnapped in the Quentin Tarantino episodes) and introduces Warrick's impending marriage to his wife, though she's kept off-stage. Grissom is done especially well, relating to the local lawman, Lopez (as jaded as any of John Wayne's cowboy characters) and standing tall among the bikers. Their references to Western movies is well done and foreshadows some of the action.

The book is a thoroughly enjoyable read to a fan of the television series, but it's also a great little mystery to while away a lazy afternoon or a rainy day. Collins and Clemens have really hit their stride in the series and hopefully they'll continue for some time to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars another page turner 8 April 2014
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What can I say? Max just writes great books. I think I actually finished this one in about 6 hours, so when you purchase a CSI novel download more than one so that you will have enough to read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for fans of the early CSI seasons 25 July 2013
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Good book--Collins writes the best of the CSI novels and is on point with the characterizations in my opinion--that arrived in good time and good condition. No complaints
4.0 out of 5 stars Bikers...Casino.....Where have we seen this before?? 7 Aug 2011
By Donald Hunt - Published on
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2 Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and a gambling casino near
Las Vegas.... a fight breaks out, someone gets shot
Sounds like something we have heard about once before.
Yes, the story line is close to the "real" fight between
the Hells Angles and the Mongols, that happened in a casino
in Vegas some years ago. And that in itself makes this an
interesting read, I won't tell what happens, but just say, there
is more cussing and attitudes in this story than usual. Enjoy
the book...
3.0 out of 5 stars A general review of CSI tie-in books from a CSI Vegas fan 6 Feb 2010
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Not bad for a quick read if you're a fan of the original CSI show but it was lacking the fun, adventure and wide range of character exploration that makes the show so much fun.

I've bought a few of the CSI books and this seems to be a common problem with all of them.

I equate "tie-in" books like this with fan fiction. Someone takes the characters and situations that someone else created and decides to tell some stories you haven't yet seen, adding their own take on the characters (while keeping to the established canon) and possibly some original characters, too. In the hands of a talented writer who has the freedom to fully explore this opportunity, such stories should be win-win for everyone involved.

Yes, the mysteries are a big part of the draw but with a hundred mystery/crime shows a week on TV there has to be something more that keeps us tuned in. I was hoping for the best of what makes CSI special enough to have amused and intrigued me for over a decade along with some new and entertaining stories and most of all some fresh insights into the characters and what they do. If we didn't love these guys we wouldn't keep tuning in week after week.

I suspect that the writers of these books have been instructed to play it much safer than the writers of the weekly show are given license to explore. Tarantino expanded on the characters - particularly Nick Stokes, and his relationship with his biological and chosen families. You won't gain that sort of character insights in these books - at least not any of the ones I've read.

The handful of CSI tie in books that I've bought and read have all played it very safe. Too safe. You won't learn anything new here. Nothing too exciting will happen. Nothing much will be revealed. There will not be any deep insights. (Most of them skew to the Grissom character btw, so obviously I haven't read any of the new books - assuming there are any.)Of the 5 or so I've read, there was little revealed that I'd really even call interesting.

There is nothing wrong with this - or any of the other CSI tie-in books. Every one that I have read has been well written and told a clear and decent story. But I have yet to read one that captured the excitement or the joy of what makes the show special for me.
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