Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers
As with sex and psychology, we all know something about death. Michael Baden and Marion Roach are expert forensic pathologists. In this enthralling book, they share their expertise and fascination with the cause and mode of death. Used to being an expert witness, Baden has mastered the art of expressing his science passionately and in easy to understand terms, without patronising the reader.
The authors revel in the gruesome and grotesque subspecialties of forensic pathology. The reader is invited to the blood school where practising crime investigators go to learn about the ballistics of blood splatter. The course includes esoteric experiments where participants find themselves blowing mouthfuls of blood at each other to demonstrate what evidence may result. If you are squeamish, you may have your stomach turned by a weekend trip to a leading forensic entomologist's ranch, where pigs are slaughtered and are later re-examined for evidence of insect