February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth Century. Val McDermid turns from the fictional forensics to investigate the real thing, giving us a history of the science and the people who make the dead reveal their secrets.
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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.
As a crime novelist, Val Mc-Dermid has spent many years researching the forensics that underpin her novels, and now she delivers a non-fiction book that explores more than two hundred years of crime-solving. From the earliest days of detection to the most modern advances, where a sample of DNA one-millionth the size of a grain of salt can convict a killer, she revisits real crime scenes and shows how scientists and police working together have found clues that would once have eluded even the shrewdest brains. Her fascination with the subject is palpable and, as in her novels, she writes with clarity and sharp focus.
Praise for Val McDermid:
'McDermid has the ruthless psychological scalpel that forms part of the equipment of all good novelists, whatever their genre. And, fortunately for us, she knows just how to use it.' Guardian
'The sheer brio of McDermid's writing produces that increasingly rare thing, a genuine page-turner that doesn't insult its readers intelligence.' Independent
'To write one brilliant book is hard. To write 25 is a miracle. That is what Val McDermid has achieved over the course of her career and it's why she is a much-loved legend in the literary world.' Sunday Express
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th February 2015|
|Publisher:||Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Popular Science, The Real World, Thriller / Suspense,|
Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh. In 2016 Val was ...More About Val McDermid