Top positive review
Great book. If slightly over-sensationalised cover
on 27 November 2014
I heard Mike Silverman on radio/podcast and the book is every bit as good as I expected. A fascinating insight into real world forensic science; as it is now and how it got there.
The cover seems to be aiming at a slightly different ("real life crime") demographic. "Packed with genuine crime scene photos" it proclaims, as if that were something to entice. Yes, there are some pictures, but if you really want to stare at blood and gore I dare say you'll be disappointed
The scientific aspects of this work are lightly woven into his story. This is not a text book or a "hard" read, but the complexity of the work and the skill of those that perform is very clear. It covers the technical advancements as well as the all too human failings.
He doesn't set out to "diss" CSI and other similar TV shows but there is the occasional reference to something that might not be realistic and I came away with the impression that the reality was more interesting, nuanced and human than the screen representations.