Aftermath, Inc: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home

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Penguin, 2007 - Science - 284 pages
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A crime writer who thought he could handle anything confronts the worst of everything. Violent and unattended deaths...suicide...forensics...viral pathology...crime scene myths...The stories behind Aftermath, Inc. are stranger than fiction, and utterly human and compelling.
Like most people, true-crime writer Gil Reavill had never actually experienced a fresh crime scene. That is, until he met Tim Reifsteck and Chris Wilson, owners of Aftermath, Inc., a company in the new field of "bioremediation." In the mid-80s, when a sea change occurred in the way biohazard clean-up was handled, no one in traditional cleaning or janitorial services would come within ten feet of a blood-spattered crime scene. Into this void stepped lifelong friends Tim and Chris, who filled a desperate need by founding their company. For the guys of Aftermath, no crime scene is too bloody to clean.
"Aftermath, Inc." traces their history, introducing their clients and employees, and the cops, coroners, and detectives they encounter in their work. Gil goes on scene and works side by side with the Aftermath technicians. He tells the stories that led up to some of Aftermath's most grisly clean-up jobs, taking us on a journey through the suburban Midwest where the company is based, home to some of the quietest, calmest, most ordinary blocks in the world, which hide much darker undercurrents beneath.
The issues that the Aftermath crew members face on a daily basis range from the mundane (What's the best way to suppress the urge to regurgitate?) to the lofty (How does being exposed to death on a daily basis alter one's personal philosophy?). Reavill approaches his task with respect and compassion, taking as his mantra a line from the Roman poet Terence-- "Nothing human is foreign to me."

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User Review  - bnbookgirl - LibraryThing

An interesting foray into the world of bioremediation. Aftermath is a company that cleans up crime scenes after the police and CSI have done their jobs. Thank goodness for people like this company who ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookwormteri - LibraryThing

This was NOT what I expected. I expected either the founding and job to job workings of the Aftermath, Inc. or the memoir of a man going job to job with them. What this book IS is a crime writer ... Read full review



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Gill Reavillhas written extensively on true crime and disaster for Maximand other publications. A screenwriter (Dirty, a police drama starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and collaborator on numerous books, including the New York Timesbestseller Beyond All Reason: My Life with Susan Smith, he has appeared on many television shows, including Today.

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