In three cases as hot as a Florida summer, Horatio Caine and
his team pick their way through a mass killing on a popular
beach, the labyrinthine plot behind the hanging of a businessman
and the ethical dilemma of investigating the murder of a prominent
collection of illustrated CSI: Miami cases starts with
Smoking Gun in which several innocents are killed and
a hi-profile model is wounded in a drive-by shooting. This
is by far the best story in this collection. The ending has
a surprise twist and the story plods along at a good pace.
the following two stories (Thou Shalt Not... and Blood/Money)
are a little weak. Thou Shalt Not... builds well, but
then falls apart in the closing pages. There are almost seven
pages of flashback which explain how the murder occurred.
But instead of hard evidence the case for the prosecution
rests, as with some of the CSI: Miami TV episodes,
on the flimsy speculation of Horatio Caine - who insists on
fitting the evidence to his theories. Also, why does the CSI:
Miami team insist on interviewing the witnesses and generally
doing the job of the police? Is that how the forensic teams
work in the US?
is another disappointing tale. As with Thou Shalt Not...
this is not really the fault of the writers for these stories.
The problem rests with the totally unlikeable character of
Caine. He's arrogant, self assured and a real pain in the
arse. Not only that, but he knows everything (he's more of
an expert on every subject than the real experts) and is constantly
proven right. Sorry, but there is no one alive that is that
perfect all of the time.
Publishing's first dip into the world of CSI: Miami
comes up disappointingly short. The sad thing is that if you
strip Caine out of the stories and let the forensic team do
the real detective work you'd have a great collection of stories.
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