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The Criminalist

A Novel of Forensic Science Suspense
"The Criminalist" is a consistently absorbing, reader riveting, deftly crafted, exceptionally entertaining read from first page to last. ~ Midwest Book Review

In his job as a top-level forensic scientist, Paul Connert combs through scenes of violent death that daily remind him of a guarded secret—a secret guilt over his fiancée's gruesome death from a drug overdose. Suddenly Paul's world is rocked by the beautiful Vika Koslava who reminds him of his lost fiancée. Vika is a Russian model recently arrived in the US with her sister for an erotic photo shoot. But the photo shoot goes bad, and Vika's sister goes missing. As the twisty plot unfolds, Paul and Vika join forces to find her, hatching a risky plan to stop a deadly sex trafficking ring before Vika meets the same fate as her sister. The Criminalist is a thriller about forensic science at its best—it’s all about tight teamwork, but can everyone on Paul’s Crime Lab Team be trusted?


"Clearly, author John Houde is a master of the CSI style mystery/suspense genre. "The Criminalist" is a consistently absorbing, reader riveting, deftly crafted, exceptionally entertaining read from first page to last. Very highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections." ~Midwest Book Review

"The characters are very realistic and they are thrust into a world that feels so real that the reader seems to walk and live in it as well. Breathtaking, fast-paced, and solidly written…an ideal length for a successful thriller” ~Reader's Favorite Reviews (5-Stars)

"I couldn't read John's novel fast enough to keep up with all the twists and turns leading toward a pulse-pounding finish" ~Raymond Davis, Author of the DArk Side of Justice series




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About John Houde

John Houde, b.s., d.a.b.c., is the author of several books including the highly authoritative Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists. He is a board-certified, twenty-five-year veteran criminalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as The CACNews and the Journal of Forensic Sciences. John has spent much of his career educating juries, investigators, and attorneys in various topics of forensic science. His specialty areas include the analysis of narcotics, trace and fire debris evidence. John lives in Washington State.

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