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A crime scene. A murder. A mystery. The most important person on the scene? The forensic scientist. And yet the intricate details of their work remains a mystery to most of us.
Silent Witnesses looks at the history of forensic science over the last two centuries, during which time a combination of remarkable intuition, painstaking observation, and leaps in scientific knowledge have developed this fascinating branch of detection. Throwing open the casebook, it introduces us to such luminaries as 'The Wizard of Berkeley' Edward Heinrich, who is credited with having solved over 2,000 crimes, and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle 'no two individuals share the same characteristics' became the core of identification.
Along the way, it takes us to India and Australia, Columbia and China, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. And it proves that, in order to solve ever more complicated cases, science must always stay one step ahead of the killer.
©2013 Nigel McCrery (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia Ferrer on 07-25-17

Homage to those dedicated to science

well told stories that lead to finding ways to identify evil-doers via scientific techniques and methods.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ryan Law on 01-18-18

It's good

It's ok but there are better out there.
Good performance etc.

Well researched and detailed.

More on each subject like entomology wild of been better though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-02-17

WOW! A fascinating read

This is the best work concerning forensics and wonderfully read. Incredible truth over fiction. If you like VSI NCIS'S Abbey you will love this. should be 'properly' serialised for TV, it would be a massive hit.

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