Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
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.
Publish date: 2016-05
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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...
bookshelves: autumn-2014, nonfiction, published-2014, true-grime, sciences, research Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from November 08 to 17, 2014 BOTWhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nrh0sDescription: The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where the...