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From tram operator to millionaire producer

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2011
The man behind popular CSI series turns magnifying glass on himself

Title: Mr. CSI: How a Vegas Dreamer Made a Killing in Hollywood, One Body at a Time

Publishers: HarperCollins

Author: Anthony E. Zuiker

The creator of the hit CSI franchise examines his life and how he overcame a rough childhood to become a successful television writer and producer in Mr. CSI: How a Vegas Dreamer Made a Killing in Hollywood, One Body at a Time.

Anthony E. Zuiker grew up in Las Vegas with a father who tried everything to get rich quick. His mother worked non-stop to give her son as much stability as she could. Zuiker, who became estranged from his father, grew up taking odd jobs and trying to achieve the success that his dad never achieved. From a tram operator at a hotel to bellman, Zuiker saw the best and worst of people.

A chance encounter led him to write a screenplay. The Runner, starring John Goodman, became a direct-to-DVD feature.

Others in the industry, seeing the strength of his writing and unique voice, asked him what he planned to write next. The result was a spin on the detective show with the evidence taking centre stage.

The CSI franchise was born.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its spin-offs, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, continue to draw audiences due to their exceptional mysteries and engaging characters. Zuiker demonstrates that the writing is key, and the style of his memoir highlights this fact.

The book is worthwhile, even if you haven't watched a single hour of any of the CSI shows.