Freezer Burn, the third installment in the C.S.U. Investigation series, leaves little doubt that D.H. Dublin (nom de plume of Jon McGoran) has perfected the method of immediately sucking the reader in and making the reader hang on for dear life until the final page is turned. What a roller-coaster ride!
Madison Cross, rookie crime scene technician, and the Philadelphia P.D. seem to be in the midst of a vicious gang war, with bodies piling up faster than even the efficient Spoons can handle. As if that isn't enough, Madison finds herself loaned out to another county to process a crime scene far more extensive (and sinister) than anyone imagines. The discovery of a dead âalienâ in a tenement house further complicates things! The Organized Crime Task Force has the opportunity to flex its muscles, but it's Maddy who really shows off her investigative prowess and manages to ruffle more than a few feathers along the way. In the end, she's the one who solves the cases, with little help from the actual investigators.
While the ending of Freezer Burn was quite satisfactory, I'll admit that it didn't give me goosebumps like the previous two books - and I was more than a little disappointed that there wasn't an appearance by Maddy's father (perhaps due in part to the fact that I read the book on my own dad's Angel Anniversary). Even so, Freezer Burn is a 5-star reading experience, and I'll be awaiting anxiously the fourth installment! If you enjoy hardboiled police procedurals, you'll love the C.S.U. Investigation series!
Carol Ann H. 6/7/2008
A string of brutal murders break out around Philly, and Madison Cross finds herself at the scene of them all. She is even sent out of her jurisdiction to help Chief Boone investigate a gang related shoot-out at a gas station. As the dead bodies pile up at the ME and the pieces of the puzzle are pulled together, Madison finds out that this is more than just a bunch unrelated murders. They are somehow connected, and all of them keep adding up. Each one as gruesome and shocking as the last.
Thank you sir can I have another? This book totally makes all those crime scene investigation shows look like chumps! It pulled me in from the very first page, and it kept getting better. D.H. Dublin has woven together a story with so many twists and turns I wasn't sure where it would end up. I'm really impressed at the amount of research that must have gone into this book, and I give him a world of praise for doing so. You can tell that every single piece was well thought out, with every clue adding to the suspense and helping lead Madison to the killer.
I also found out that there are two in the series before Freezer Burn which is fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of them as well!
From the author of Blood Poison comes a new forensics case in the C.S.U. Investigations.
The Crime Scene Unit knows that even the most cold-blooded killers leave clues.
A bag full of body parts. A man thrown from a car. A shriveled corpse. A gangster, tortured and killed. Besides the fact that the C.S.U. found them on the same day, it seems the cases have nothing in common. But, when interwoven, they point to a plot more elaborate than anything C.S.U. newbie Madison Cross has seen. To investigate, she'll have to descend into Philly's underworld of gang brutality, then rise to the highest echelon of organized crime. But both the gang and the killer hope to see her eliminated, once and for all.
(A C.S.U. Investigation #3)
Berkley, June 2008