No Stone Unturned

  • by Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small, eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers. Known early on as "the pig people" because of their experiments in locating graves using the carcasses of pigs (due to their similarities to human bodies), NecroSearch has evolved and expanded into one of the most respected forensic investigation teams in the world.
In No Stone Unturned, New York Times best-selling author Steve Jackson, the author of Bogeyman and Monster, vividly tells the story of this incredible group and recounts some of their most memorable early cases that separately would make great true crime books. Following his participation in a NecroSearch expedition to Russia looking for the remains of a Russian noble in 2013, Jackson was made an honorary member of NecroSearch International in November 2014.

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What the Critics Say

"A fascinating journey into the trenches of crime [investigation]" (Lowell Cauffiel, New York Times best-selling author of House of Secrets)
"The book covers the group's quirky beginnings and digs into its most important cases suspensefully; Jackson's sharp eye misses nothing in the painstakingly rendered details. A must-have for true crime fans, it should also be of great interest to anyone fascinated with the practical applications of science." (Publisher's Weekly)
"No Stone Unturned delves into cases that would make good novels, but they're real. Furthermore, he describes a group of uncommon people performing uncommon tasks, and he does it with respect, accuracy and genuine style." (Ron Franscell)

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Multidisciplinary Forensic Science at work

No Stone Unturned is an updated version of an earlier book on the founding of NecroSearch International, a group of scientists from multiple disciplines which formed in the 1980's. NecroSearch International specializes in searching for clandestine burials of murder victims. It provides an in-depth look at both the people who formed it and it's growth from a loosely knit group into an internationally known non-profit organization. Both the science and the motivations of the people involved make for a fascinating and often intensely moving listening experience.

I don't often listen to non-fiction audio books, but it seemed to me that Kevin Pierce's narration was almost perfect for the subject, neither overly dramatic or too much like an entirely uninflected reading of the material. I highly recommend No Stone Unturned for anyone interested in forensics or our often labyrinthine justice system. I received a copy of No Stone Unturned in return for an honest review.
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- omnireader

Forensic Superheroes

In some murder cases the police are pretty certain who the killer is, but won’t risk taking the suspect to trial due to the lack of a dead body. Without a body, the chances of a successful conviction are greatly reduced and then, after an acquittal, the suspect would usually be protected from subsequent prosecution by the Double Jeopardy statute.

So, finding a body becomes a crucial factor in getting these dangerous individuals off the streets and into jail. This book tells the story of a group of superheroes who come to the aid of the police in searching for the hidden bodies of murder victims. They are a band of boffins; nerdy egg-head scientists in the Clark Kent mould. Each of them has their own special superpower: There is the man who can see under solid concrete with his ground-penetrating radar, the woman who can locate a grave in a vast wilderness by sifting through the plant life entangled in a lock of hair, and the master of a bloodhound pack whose dogs have a sense of smell 30,000 times stronger than humans and can sniff out a long-dead corpse 6-feet underground.

These three, and several other scientists with different but equally valuable skills, gave themselves the name ‘NecroSearch’. This name sounds more like an organisation devoted to evil than one so determined to perform good deeds, but I suppose the choice of this odd name for the group is emblematic of its members' eccentricity. Their mission is to assist law enforcement officers to find lost bodies, bringing closure to grieving loved ones and justice to malicious villains.

The book focuses on just a few of the group's cases and tells these few stories in quite some detail. The bodies they look for seem at the outset difficult or impossible to find, but by using their ingenuity and pooling their resources they are usually able to overcome these adverse odds to unearth the precious bones and scraps of clothing that have endured the ravages of time. Some of the stories are very moving; we become attached to the victims by hearing the details of their lives and how they met their desperate, tragic deaths. We become equally immersed in the painstaking but inspired quests for their lost bodies.

The book was written quite some time ago (with a recently added epilogue), but its age doesn’t spoil the compelling story of the search for these unfortunate people.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press