Book review and competition to win a copy of sciblogs colleague Anna Sandiford’s book Expert Witness.
Win a copy
(I’m keeping this open until Sunday midnight; it’s still open.)
We’re giving away a copy of sciblogs writer Anna Sandiford’s book Expert Witness to a lucky reader.
In it she describes what forensic science is really like, and shares tales from the forensic front-line. The book is reviewed below.
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David Bain was convicted of murdering his family, his mother, father, sisters and brother. The introductions are done, Expert Witness opens with an encounter with Mr Bain in a room with the door wedged shut with a chair,
I’m standing in a large, old, unfurnished room with a partially carpeted concrete floor and only one exit. A convicted murderer stands between me and the exit.
Right from the start you know you’re in for a good ride.
Sandiford’s style is chatty and easy-going. The humour (British?) comes through, in some chapters more than others as suits their content.
Before starting into forensic science or her encounter with David Bain, the author introduces herself. The first sentence lays out the author’s aim,
This book is about my job and the casework in which I have been involved.
She elaborates further on page 48,
I want to give you an indication of how forensic science is applied in a practical sense and an idea of what the job entails.
Forensic science suffers from the ‘CSI effect’, as she explains. Her book offers us a personal tour forensic science as it really is.
When it comes down to it, almost all of us have some interest in forensic science; we encounter aspects of in the media every week. Interest in Expert Witness shouldn’t be limited to just fans of crime fiction or viewers of TV series like Bones or CSI (which she remarks on in the book), but also for those who simply would like to learn more about a well-known but not especially well-understood activity.
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