The Father of Forensics (Paperback)

How Sir Bernard Spilsbury Invented Modern CSI

Colin Evans

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Before CSI, there was one man who saw beyond the crime, and into the future of forensic science. He was once one of the most famous people in Britain, and, through his use of cutting-edge science, Bernard Spilsbury single-handedly brought criminal investigations into the modern age. Starting out as a charismatic physician in the early 20th century, Spilsbury shook up the English justice system and hit the headlines, garnering a reputation as a real-life Sherlock Holmes. He uncovered evidence others missed, stood above his peers in the field of crime reconstruction, exposed discrepancies between witness testimony and factual evidence, and most importantly, convicted dozens of murderers with hard-nosed, scientific proof.Killers who would have escaped punishment pre-Spilsbury began to drop through the hangman’s trap-door. This is the fascinating story of the life and work of Bernard Spilsbury, history’s greatest medical detective, and of the cases that not only made him a celebrity, but also inspired the astonishing science of criminal investigation in our own time.

Colin Evans is a veteran writer specialising in forensics. His books include The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World’s Most Baffling Crimes, and A Question of Evidence: The Casebook of Great Forensic Controversies from Napoleon to O.J. He lives in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

‘Evans proves to be a verbally agile narrator of the macabre, [and he] delivers a page-turner for fans of the hot genre of criminal forensics.’ Booklist (US)
‘As an account of Spilsbury’s contribution to forensic medicine it is excellent. Evans is a vivid and compelling narrator with – excuse the phrase – a forensic eye for detail. The accounts of the murders Spilsbury investigated are fascinating meditations on man’s inhumanity to man or, more often than not, woman.’P D Smith, Guardian
‘…grips from the outset like a thriller transporting the reader back to turn of the century London. .. A riveting story.’Good Book Guide

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ISBN: 9781848310438

Price: 8.99 GBP

Pages: 336

Publication date: 05/02/2009

Category: History & Current Affairs, Popular Science

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