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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844422127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844422128
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Zakaria Erzinclioglu was a leading forensic scientist who was involved in more than 500 murder investigations. Director of the Forensic Science Research Centre at the University of Durham, he was advisor, co-writer and presenter of the TV programme "The Witness Was a Fly", produced by BBC Bristol, and was the author of Maggots, Murder and Men. Dr Sharon Erzinclioglu, the widow of Zakaria Erzinclioglu, carries out research at the Neurology Unit at the University of Cambridge, and is the author of a number of scientific papers.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rerevisionist on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Interesting material on (e.g.) -- abrasions, Bertillon, bite marks, cadaveric spasms, Chechen hostages, chloroform, Arthur Conan Doyle, drowning, Dunblane, ethnic groups, fingerprints, genetics, ground-penetrating radar, haemoglobin, Hitler diaries, identikit, J F Kennedy, Libyan Embassy, maggots, Georgi Markov, mass graves, narcotics, 9/11 [five pages], nitrogen, Occam, polygraphs, quicklime, radiocarbon dating, Rasputin, ricin, Rwanda, security in bomb blast areas, sexual differences, Shipman, steganograhpy (hiding messages in long computer files), taphonomy, teeth, vitreous humor, Waco (edited down from a long list).

What interested me also was the philosophical aspects here. We all know philosophers never say anything useful on knowledge - they are paid to be evasive. But in forensic investigation, theories and observations and witness statements all contribute to the final result. There are two pages on 'expecting the unexpected', trying not to be biased by preconceptions. Interesting comparison of crossword clues with real life - all the bits have to fall into place, and it may be as unexpected and yet as satisfactory as the solution to a 'cryptic' crossword. This of course is somewhat idealised - in practice there are investigations as with Dr Kelly, or JFK, or Diana Spencer where truth takes second (or third..) place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs A M McHale on 27 May 2013
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Loads of pictures to highlight the text they accompany, really easy to understand, good for the lay person with a little or no knowledge of forensics. My thirteen year old is fascinated!!!
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The author, now sadly passed away, has once again excelled himself by writing a book that is both informative, well written, thought provoking and entertaining. The subject matter is interesting and grisly, yet the book is easily read and is valuable for both the interested lay person, student and professional. Highly recommended.
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This book is perfect. It was a Christmas present and the recipient was overjoyed with it. The case studies etc are in depth and very interesting. Many well known cases are explained in this book. I would recommend it to anybody.
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It is not at all a deep view into forensic science, but it covers the basics. It's a good read if you want to know what forensics is about in general.

If you want a lot of details and in-depth view, look somewhere else.
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By Sapwell on 8 Jan. 2014
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Full of interesting information, but a bit short on the forensic psychology side. I bought it for my grandaughter who is planning a careeer in forensic science.
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