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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (3 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751518468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751518467
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Should be compulsory reading for those among us who remain ambivalent about political violence. (IRISH TIMES)

It is scarcely necessary to recommend a book packed with so many fascinating insights. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

an entertaining mix of hard science and human interest. (FOCUS)

an unsparing record of the full spectrum of human malevolence. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

About the Author

Chester Stern is Crime Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday and has been a writer and broadcaster for over thirty years. Married with two children, he has worked for the Mail on Sunday since its launch in 1982 and is the President of the Crime Writer's Association.

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Death is a way of life for Iain West and his passport to a fascinating but rarely glamorous jet-setting lifestyle, for Dr West is one of Britain's foremost pathologists. Read the first page
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Chester Stern’s book gives a fascinating insight into the gruesome world of forensic pathology. Unfortunately it also stands testament to mans’ brutal inhumanity to his fellow man.

Of course, someone has to investigate the how and why of unnatural or suspicious death. But just how much can be discovered amongst the human aftermath of disasters such as the King’s Cross fire or terrorist atrocities such as the Hyde Park bombing is an eye-opener.

The book doesn’t tell us much about how the man himself lived privately. But the professional skills and systematic methodology he applied, often under what must have been appalling circumstances, is inspiring.

Almost as a side issue, the book throws interesting light on the death of Detective Constable John Fordham. DC Fordham was killed at the mansion of Kenny Noye in the course of the Brinks Mat bullion robbery investigation. Before reading Stern’s account readers might like to read Wensley Clarkson’s book, Kenny Noye; Public Enemy Number 1.

The book is well written and very informative. There are many technical terms, as one would expect of a book of this nature, and the case histories are often brief, but I would recommend the book without hesitation.
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