Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home

Penguin
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A look into the disturbing but fascinating new field of bio-recovery, as a critically acclaimed crime writer rolls up his sleeves and delves into the world of Aftermath, Inc.

The best way to understand the world of Aftermath, Inc. is to imagine life before it. Grief-stricken families of suicide or homicide victims were left to cope on their own. Sometimes police would leave a can of ground coffee behind to soak up the mess. Sometimes local church groups offered to help with the horrific chaos of the scene.

Into this void stepped Tim Reifsteck and Chris Wilson, who filled a desperate need by founding their bio-remediation company. Gil Reavill traces their history, introducing us to their clients and employees, and the cops, coroners, and detectives they encounter in their work. Their stories are stranger than fiction, and utterly human and compelling.
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About the author

Gil Reavill has written extensively on true crime and disaster for Maxim and other publications. A screenwriter (Dirty, a police drama starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and collaborator on numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Beyond All Reason: My Life with Susan Smith, he has appeared on many television shows, including Today.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
May 17, 2007
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781101216897
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Laboratory Techniques
Social Science / Criminology
True Crime / Murder / General
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