Criminal Mind

Modern forensic technology may have helped to exonerate the West Memphis Three and send the Baseline Killer to Death Row, but there are limits to what the lab can do. Perhaps that’s why Tami Hoag prefers to set her mystery novels in the decades before Law & Order and CSI misinformed us that it’s possible to solve a case in the time it takes to make a meatloaf.

“The curse of being a stickler for procedural detail in police work is that television shows seldom bother with reality,” Hoag quips on her website.

The bestselling author will visit Scottsdale’s Poisoned Pen bookstore on Tuesday, December 28, to promote her latest novel, Down the Darkest Road. The book tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who went missing in 1990, before DNA testing made it possible to profile a miniscule sample of blood left behind during the crime.

Wed., Dec. 28, 7 p.m., 2011


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