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Maggots, Murder, and Men: Memories and Reflections of a Forensic Entomologist [NOOK Book]


Nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award

"Maggots, Murder, and a rich and varied tale of a forensic entomologist who has solved many a murder mystery by dating the insects found on the corpse...[it] would make a superb TV series--in which ...
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Maggots, Murder, and Men: Memories and Reflections of a Forensic Entomologist

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Nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award

"Maggots, Murder, and a rich and varied tale of a forensic entomologist who has solved many a murder mystery by dating the insects found on the corpse...[it] would make a superb TV series--in which event, I would be one of its most faithful viewers."
-- Colin Wilson, Literary Review

"Daunting though the subject sounds, any reader of crime will be surprised to find themselves absorbed in the book and its details." -- Punch

"This book demonstrates [the author's] ability to intrigue the seasoned expert as well as captivate the casual reader." -- Science

"Here is that rare thing, a good popular book on forensic entomology that is also an illuminating read on forensic science." -- Nature

"Dr. Zak's unique and well-informed insights into the moral, social, and legal implications of his job make this the most readable scientific book I have read." -- The Daily Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466852426
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Zakaria Erzinclioglu was formerly Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University and also Director of the Forensic Science Research Center at Durham University. In his capacity as a forensic entomologist he is one of the most experienced scientists in the business. He is well known in England and has appeared in a number of television programs including The Witness Was a Fly for the BBC.

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Table of Contents

Author's acknowledgements
Chapter 1: A very simple clue
Chapter 2: The nature of evidence
Chapter 3: The evidence of nature
Chapter 4: Foul, strange and unnatural
Chapter 5: Broken lives
Chapter 6: A medley of madness
Chapter 7: Cases of identity
Chapter 8: Past times
Chapter 9: Maggots and medicine
Chapter 10: The ends and the means
Further reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Positively Cringe-Worthy and Disgustingly Intriguing   In Maggo

    Positively Cringe-Worthy and Disgustingly Intriguing  

    In Maggots Murder and Men Zakaria Erzinclioglu, Dr. Zak, documents his many experiences working as a forensic entomologist. His accounts, however, don’t stop with just the bugs and slime instead he takes the opportunity to detail the entire experiences of his work. In all honesty solving crimes is a culmination of hard sciences and human emotion, whether or not the later should be involved Dr. Zak truly delves into the real world of crime solving through forensic entomology. My choosing to read this book was a decision I made based on my future aspirations. Currently I am at a point where I am going to college to study forensic science, but I am not sure what I want to specialize in. I have always found parasites very interesting and after reading Erzinclioglu’s memoir I feel a platonic connection to him in that we are both extremely passionate about the same things. Though his entire book I felt he gave honest and accurate descriptions of what his experiences were like. Although this book obviously focuses on cringe worthy topics Erzinclioglu was able to not only able to send shivers down my spine, but to also make me laugh. Some people may find his ability to disconnect from the humanity in what he was doing to be disheartening, I found his point blank analysis refreshing. Statements such as, “A dead human body is a magnificent and highly nutritious resource,” may turn some readers away, but to the right audience this statement is a legitimate scientific analysis of a human body. This book is not tailored to the typical reader, but given the right circumstances I would highly recommend this memoir to people interested in criminal sciences or entomology. This articulate memoir was well written, honest and insightful. I could consistently tell that Erzinclioglu wanted to share his personal experiences and reflect upon them. In the world of scientific memoirs his raises the bar to a level where scientific analysis and emotional connections are considered to be a standard. In fact the only real criticism I have in regards to this book would be that at some points I wanted him to go more in depth with one case rather than included many cases, this however only was because his writing was so compelling that I wanted to know and read more. Reading this book has profoundly influenced my understandings of forensic entomology in a positive way, thanks to Ersinclioglu’s writing I can not wait to further explore this fascinating field and compare my own accounts with his.          

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