Before I begin my post I would like to say how happy I am to again be an active participant in this wonderful blog. Beginning in late Spring and extending over the summer into September, I first underwent manic preparation of a manuscript for Thrillerfest, followed by a lingering family illness, followed by an all-consuming interest in the subject of this post. Those things combined led me to take a hiatus from the blog, which is now, happily, concluded.
Regarding the post, I experienced for the second time in my life what it is like to be drawn into
One of my favorite shows is NCIS, and one of the most interesting characters on it is forensics specialists Abby Sciuto, who singlehandedly seems to handle all types of evidence—from DNA to firearms to automobile.
Real life, however, is quite different. Recently, I was able to tour the Suffolk Crime Lab on Long Island, New York, with a group of writers. The 40-person Crime Lab does what one person, Abby, does on the show. The scientists on staff are all civilians with degrees in science, and they… Continue reading