The creator of CSIdelves into the mysteries of his father’s tragic death and his own unlikelyrise in Hollywood using the very techniques he has honed by working on his hitshows, CSI, CSI: Miami,and CSI: New York.Deeply felt and insightful, Anthony Zuiker’s searingmemoir of dreams and losses, successes and heartbreaks, is not only abehind-the-scenes look at television’s most-watched drama, but an essentialguide for aspiring script writers and filmmakers, featuring practical tips andinspiring lessons to help tomorrow’s writers succeed today. Fans of crimedramas, anyone who dreams of unraveling the mysteries of their own story, andeveryone who dreams of making it big will find themselves immediately drawn inby the one-of-a-kind story of the man who made it: Mr. CSI.
The creator of TV's mega-popular CSI franchise, Zuiker brings his obvious skills as a writer to this memoir that will delight CSI fans. Zuiker begins with a death the suicide of his father, who he hadn't seen for 25 years, on the same night that CSI is receiving a People's Choice Award and proceeds to skillfully weave his own upward struggle as a writer with his recollections and investigation of his father's downward struggle as a fringe player in the Las Vegas gambling scene. Following his own dictum for the best CSI scripts "The facts always told the best story" Zuiker gives an unsentimental account of his father's cruelty and desertion, his mother's valiant attempts to keep going, and his own lively stories from his time as a bellman at the Mirage hotel in Vegas (Quentin Tarantino was a "good tipper"). But the book's best section is his detailed account of the show's creation, from his first attempts at screenwriting and his early research with Vegas CSI investigators, to how the show was picked up by CBS after being rejected by every other major network.