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Posted January 27, 2007
I've always been a fan of forensic science, and Evans has always been one of my favorite writers in this field. I just love the way he keeps it clear and simple, nothing too fancy. Glad to say, this book is no exception. It's a well laid out account of the life and works of the great Home Office pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury. We get to learn how a young doctor from the English Midlands burst onto the scene in 1910, to quickly became the most powerful force in forensic medicine. Over the next four decades Spilsbury's testimony sent dozens of killers to the hangman. He became so famous that people called him the real-life Sherlock Holmes. Besides the famous cases like the Brides in the Bath Killer, Evans gives in-depth coverage to a lot of Spilsbury's cases that were new to me, like the Soho Butcher Louis Voison, who chopped up one girlfriend so he could stay with another, and the pedophile murderer, Frederick Nodder (he was real creepy!) One really good point: this book doesn't attempt to airbrush Spilsbury's faults out of existence. As Evans makes clear, Spilsbury could be obstinate and brutal toward his rivals, but he was also the first great medical detective. If you want to know how CSI got started, this is a great place to start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.