Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensics is a solid introduction in the world of Forensics studies. Detailing the first uses of finger printing, blood analysis, DNA sampling and other now commonly used methods, the book uses examples of real cases and how they were solved as developing forensic sciences and methods emerged. The book also focuses on those people who helped bring it all together, including Alphone Bertillon, and Dr. Edmond Locard.
Like a crime scene, the book is detailed, well researched and full of gritty (but not overly sensationalized) details. After all, forensics is often used to solve gruesome murders when detective work has been halted. Nigel McCrery speaks with authority, but never talks down to his reader. After all, McCrery was a police officer before writing and working for the BBC. He has also written several crime novels, including Still Waters Just don’t confuse Silent Witnesses with his work of fiction, Silent Witnesss.
Silent Witnesses is informative, detailed, and easy to follow for the arm chair detective.
Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensics is available now from Chicago Review Press.