Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

Fiction, True Crime
Paperback Published on: 05/02/2015
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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: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781781251706
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 272g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 22 mm

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Fascinating stuff...
I confess to not being a huge fan of true crime accounts per se, but with the dual temptations of Val McDermid- one of the UK’s premier crime novelists- an... READ MORE
Fascinating forensics
I've read quite a bit of Val McDermid's crime stuff, so I picked this up on a whim - I've got rather a fascination with true crime and this was a great int... READ MORE
Laura at Wakefield
Great read!
This book was a great read. Many different chapters, all thoroughly explained with different examples of cases. You don't have to be in the field of forens... READ MORE
Erin Griffin
A great read
An interesting book, with lots of real forensic stuff, some ancient or classical, and some more modern, case histories. One unusual feature of the book is ... READ MORE
Kai-Ying Chan