ARC AUDIO BOOK: Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI by Dana Kollmann

Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Biography/Memoir
Narrators: Kate Zane

Publisher: Tantor Audio                  
9 hours 43 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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.

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.

Unveiling the process and science of crime scene investigation in all its 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.


Thank you to and Tantor Audio for a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. 

Who could turn down a book with this title? I know that crime shows are a very simplistic and often glorified view of this field of forensic science.  In this book Dana Kollmann describes some her true, sometimes boring, often times gross experiences as a CSI for Baltimore Police Department. 

Filled with often funny definitely gross situations that Dana Kollmann had been called to while working as a CSI for Baltimore PD.  The dead mans hand was definitely a highlight of the book but all of the stories were equally as entertaining.  After listening to this I don't know who could handle this job.  You would really have to love forensics to be able to stomach much of what actual CSI's experience.  

Dana Kollmann has a very jaded view of forensics at this point and her humor is very gallows, which could lead some to believe she is full of herself or not taking her job seriously but I read it as trying to shed some humor on a very difficult, often gruesome and dirty job that hollywood has portrayed as so glamourous when in actuality it is not.  When she finally quits her job with the Baltimore PD she does so not because she doesn't love the work but because she wants a life.  Up until the birth of her child she dedicated a large portion of her time to the CSI cases but she wanted better life balance and with mixed feelings decided to quit.  I think its easy to forget that part of the book since it is in the very beginning but I think its important to realize that while the stories are told in a more sarcastic and satirical way her love of her job definitely shines through.  

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