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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime - Val McDermid
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
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The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can use a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair to unlock the secrets of the past and allow justice to be done. ... show more
The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can use a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair to unlock the secrets of the past and allow justice to be done.

Bestselling crime author Val McDermid will draw on interviews with top-level professionals to delve, in her own inimitable style, into the questions and mysteries that surround this fascinating science. How is evidence collected from a brutal crime scene? What happens at an autopsy? What techniques, from blood spatter and DNA analysis to entomology, do such experts use? How far can we trust forensic evidence?

Looking at famous murder cases, as well as investigations into the living - sexual assaults, missing persons, mistaken identity - she will lay bare the secrets of forensics from the courts of seventeenth-century Europe through Jack the Ripper to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781781253199
Publisher: Profile Books
Edition language: English
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Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
3.0 Forensics / Val McDermid
The dead talk—to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
3.5 Forensics: The Anatomy of a Crime
I have so many thoughts about this book and they're scattered all over the joint. It occurred to me as I finally finished reading it that we sometimes come at books in much the same way faulty investigators come at a crime scene: we take in the initial information (in our case, the title, cover ...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
2.5 Investigative Journalism and True Crime Writing Masquerading as Science
I had long rants going through my head on pretty much every page of this book while I was reading, but bottom line, it just doesn't deserve the attention of my detailing them. I like McDermid's crime fiction (most of it, anyway) and I'd very much wish she'd stick to that in the future. There is en...
Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it
2.5 Forensics by Val McDermid
TITLE: Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime AUTHOR: Val McDermid DATE PUBLISHED: 2014 FORMAT: e-book ISBN-13: 978 184765 9903 _________________________ Forensics by Val McDermid takes a look at the variety of techniques and tools (forensic science) used by criminal investigators to solve a v...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
2.0 Forensics by Val McDermid
It doesn't do what it says on the tin. The subtitle is "What bugs, burns, prints, DNA, and more tell us about crime" but it's actually more of a history of forensics. Unfortunately, it's a history of forensics that mostly tells of past cases in a disconnected fashion while occasionally dwelling far ...
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