Ah, thank you, Elsie! :lol: I have to confess that my initial expectation --- when offered the opportunity to write a book based on the CSI Las Vegas characters --- was exactly what you said: all I needed to do was give the readers a couple of possibly-entwined crime scenes and some interesting evidence for their beloved and very-well-established characters to dig at. It sounded like a pretty easy thing to write. And that was basically what I sent to Pocket Books as a first draft: a story that didn't dwell much on defining --- or elaborating about --- the CSI characters themselves because I assumed most of my readers would have watched the TV episodes and knew the characters intimately [I was right about that!]. What I didn't understand, because I'd spent all of my energy during all of those years of working crime scenes trying to understand the emotions and motivations of the suspects and victims based on the evidence [we --- the CSIs --- were not supposed to be emotionally involved with the suspects and victims themselves, much less each other! ], was the simple fact that the fans of CSI were deeply involved in all of the intertwined emotions of the CSIs and wanted more. Ed Schlesinger, my editor at Pocket Books, and several of the posters here at Talk CSI went to a lot of effort to make sure that I understood the importance of including those emotions in my manuscript. So if IN EXTREMIS does work as a story, it will be because all of you cared ... and, hopefully, because even a (relatively) old dog/CSI can still learn a new trick or two.