CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Jim Brass

Indiscriminate in his quest for justice, Jim Brass has gained much notoriety for his tenacious investigative style.

Jim Brass

Played by Paul Guilfoyle

Jim Brass was born into a middle-class family in Newark. He was a college student when the riots hit during the mid-60s, and something about the injustice of it all made him decide on a career in law enforcement. Brass approached his job with the zeal of a reformer and, at first, he gained much notoriety for his tenacious investigative style. Unfortunately, tenacious investigators tend to be indiscriminate. When they see someone do something wrong, they go after the crime, even if the criminals are cops, and that’s what happened to Brass.

Brass became a Serpico-like figure in New Jersey. He cleaned up the department, but the effort cost him his marriage and what little relationship he had with his daughter. When the dust settled, he headed for Second Chance City, landing at CSI. He could get his fix of the investigative process without having to expend any personal capital. His life gently slid into strip bars and J&B doubles, and all was well enough until a young newbie named Holly Gribbs showed up. Her death cost Brass his job and, in some ways, his peace of mind.

Since Holly died, Brass has been transferred back to homicide. He’s not sure if he likes it, but it’s familiar and it’s easy, and that’ll do for the short term. The long term is irrelevant for Brass, because he stopped believing in the future long ago.