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Forensics The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
  

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

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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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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Carl Hughes

Synopsis

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

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.

Reviews

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

About the Author

Val McDermid

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 awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

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Publication date

5th February 2015

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Val McDermid

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Profile Books Ltd

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320 pages

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9781781251706

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