Forensics

Forensics

The Anatomy of Crime

Book - 2014
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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 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.
Publisher: London, Profile Books,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781781251690
Characteristics: ix, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wellcome Collection

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thebeadedlady Aug 05, 2015

Interesting, but felt a little brief. McDermid examines major disciplines involved in solving crimes, such as pathology, toxicology and fingerprinting, but she really only touches the surface. She uses real-life examples to illustrate different methods, but some of her summaries are a too brief, ... Read More »


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thebeadedlady Aug 05, 2015

Interesting, but felt a little brief. McDermid examines major disciplines involved in solving crimes, such as pathology, toxicology and fingerprinting, but she really only touches the surface. She uses real-life examples to illustrate different methods, but some of her summaries are a too brief, and didn’t hang together very well. I often felt like there was information missing, and sometimes couldn’t see how the example given was relevant to the technique under discussion. Overall, the book needed more editing.

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