Never Suck A Dead Man's Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI

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Trade Paperback , Feb 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Informative, witty. . .Kollmann delivers terse commentary and gory detail while puncturing common misconceptions about forensics. --Booklist

Step past the flashing lights into the true scene of the crime with this frank, unflinching, and unforgettable account of life as a crime scene investigator. Whether explaining rigor mortis or the art of fingerprinting a stiff corpse on the side of the road, Dana Kollmann details her true, unvarnished experiences as a CSI for the Baltimore County Police Department.

"Riveting." --M. William Phelps, author of Murder in the Heartland

Unlike the popular crime dramas proliferating on today's television networks, these forensic tales forgo glitz for grit to show what really goes on. Kollmann recounts stories that the cops and the CSI's usually leave in the field, bringing the sights, smells, and sounds of a crime scene alive as never before.

"Raw and real." --Connie Fletcher, author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Unveiling the process and science of crime scene investigation in all its can't-tear-your-eyes-away fascination, Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand takes you into the strange world behind the yellow tape, offering a truly eye-opening perspective on the day-to-day life of a CSI.

"Gritty, witty, and heartfelt . . . a must-read." --Aphrodite Jones, New York Times bestselling author of A Perfect Husband

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About the author (2008)

Dana Kollmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology from Towson State University, a Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University, and a Master of Science degree in anthropology from American University. She joined the Baltimore Police Department as a crime scene investigator in 1995. She has worked for numerous federal, state, local, and private organizations including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. She created the training program for the Baltimore Police Department that every new crime scene technician must complete. She's even played the role of a CSI on the hit TV shows "Homicide" and "The Wire." She is currently completing her Ph.D. at American University while she teaches graduate and undergraduate forensics courses at Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit. her website at

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