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Posted April 4, 2014
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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