Summary of the Book "Killing Game" by Max Allan Collins

by Robert Godard
CSI agents gather evidence that helps them solve crimes.

CSI agents gather evidence that helps them solve crimes.

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"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is a popular CBS television series that has spawned several spin offs and a series of books based on the show. "Killing Game," a 2005 book written by Max Allan Collins, is a book in this series. Collins has contributed several books that follow the same basic structure as the show, but they dive a little deeper into the characters.


"Killing Game" contains all of the characters found in the television series. The team is led by Gil Grissom, who is sometimes cold but intensely smart and a great leader. It also features Catherine Willows, a fierce go-getter who has a certain amount of chemistry with Grissom. The cast is joined by Templeton, an ex-CSI officer whom Grissom personally testified against years earlier. Templeton is not a regular part of CSI any longer and holds no grudges against Grissom for his testimony, but Grissom remains suspicious of his intentions.


The CSI team gets split into two units. One takes the morning swing shift, led by Catherine, the other late night shift is headed by Grissom. Grissom's crew resents Catherine for leaving them to pursue a leadership opportunity, but each team goes about its job. The swing shift finds a woman, Angela Dearborn, beaten to death in her apartment. Grissom's team finds elderly woman Grace Salfer dead in her apartment, with no apparent cause.


As Grissom keeps one eye on his former enemy, Catherine and Grissom begin to find a connection between the two crimes. It turns out that Angela and Grace had some sort of relationship between the two of them, and the crimes may have even been committed by the same person. The night shift and the swing shift are forced to team up to solve cases that neither had been able to solve individually.


Grissom seems eager to blame Templeton for the murder, or at least for ruining the crime scene, as he is continuously blocked by Templeton from gathering the evidence that he needs to solve the case. Collins takes his reader into the mind of Grissom and to the mistakes he may have made in the past and how they cloud his judgment in the present. Catherine presses for new leads, but Grissom is insistent that he already has the suspects in his sights.

About the Author

Robert Godard began writing in 2007 for various creative blogs and academic publications. He has been featured on multiple film blogs and has worked in the film industry. He attended Baltimore College, earning his B.A. in history.

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