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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime - Val McDermid
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
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Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of complex crimes and unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of... show more
Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of complex crimes and unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real world murders, and the people who must solve them.

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 faintest of human traces. Forensics goes behind the scenes with some of these top-level professionals and their groundbreaking research, drawing on Val McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.

Along the way, McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one’s time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. It’s a journey that will take McDermid to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with both extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781781251706 (1781251703)
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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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 ...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
2.5 Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
If we presented Michael Faraday or Paracelsus with the scientific evidence our courts now take for granted, it would seem like magic to those most rigorous of researchers. And the advance of science has run hand in hand with corresponding advances in the delivery of justice. As much as I like McDer...
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