Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Behind the Yellow Tape by Jarrett Hallcox, Amy Welch

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Behind the Yellow Tape:
On the Road with Some of America's Hardest Working Crime Scene Investigators
by Jarrett Hallcox, Amy Welch

ISBN-13: 9780425221662
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Released: January 6, 2009

Source: Bought through Half.com.

Book Description from Back Cover:
A true, uncensored look at real world CSIs across the country.

For years, Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch educated and trained CSIs at the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. Now they crisscross the nation providing glimpses into the real world of crime scene investigation, and the talented, driven, and sometimes even amusing investigators themselves. Experience gripping accounts of true crimes from across the country: from the murky waters of the Puget Sound to the crumbling ruins of the Alamo and the grimy streets of the Big Apple, these are the real stories of the real people who work behind the yellow tape.

My Review:
Behind the Yellow Tape is a true crime book with crimes from 8 cities or counties mixed in with travelogue details about the authors' visit to the area (what they ate, what the weather was like, etc.). The authors visited various USA states and recount one big true crime case or several shorter cases for each sheriff's office or police department they visited. The true crime stories were interesting, informative, and often suspenseful. I usually skimmed over the travelogue stuff.

The authors tended to promote the CSI school in Knoxville, Tennessee by pointing out how their graduates (who worked the true crimes detailed in this book) used what they learned to solve the crime.

There were some black and white pictures of the people, places, crime scenes (no exposed bodies shown), and evidence. Some of the crime scene descriptions were gory. There was a fair amount of bad language and some crude humor.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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