Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (Wellcome)
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 unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the... 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 unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid's own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine 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 uncovered the victims of a genocide. In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she's looking at the people who do it for real. It's a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.
Publish date: 2015-02-05
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
This is essentially the same book as Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by the same author, and one I couldn't finish because it was a disjointed, convoluted mess. I'm happy to say that The Anatomy Of A Crime is edited to be much more readable. I particularly enj...
Only got about halfway through this one. I've read a lot of the information elsewhere, and this book was poorly organized and rushed through the information and cases. There are plenty of other books on forensics that are a lot better, many of which are named in the book as sources. I would reco...
listened to this on playaway, couldn't resist it once I had catalogued it. fascinating stuff on the history and current state of forensics, some gruesome details, the squeamish might want to avoid eating while listening in parts.
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid When I saw a book on forensics written by Val McDermid on Netgalley, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Given the talent for viscerally creepy psychological thrillers that McDermid has displayed in her Tony Hill novels, I was excited to see what she...
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