The Blooding

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Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough.  Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved.  Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so brutally murdered.  But it will take four years, a scientific breakthrough, the largest manhunt in British crime annals, and the blooding of ...
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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough.  Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved.  Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so brutally murdered.  But it will take four years, a scientific breakthrough, the largest manhunt in British crime annals, and the blooding of more than four thousand men before the real killer is found.

Here is Wambaugh's most mesmerizing book to date: the haunting and shocking account of two near-perfect crimes in a quiet English village, unravelled by the headline-making discovery that is revolutionizing crime detection--"genetic finger-printing."

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"Wambaughs darkest nonfiction since The Onion Field. . . .  A meticulous and suspenseful reconstruction . . . .  A powerful and elegant police procedural."--Kirkus Reviews.

"Like that cop that he was, Wambaugh brings his English colleagues to vivid life, and like the instinctive reporter that he is, he makes Narborough seem more like Brigadoon than contemporary Britain.  For this one, both thumbs up."--New York Daily News

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wambaugh's latest triumphant venture into true crime turns to Leicestershire, England, and the slayings of two teenagers, killings that were eventually solved through scientist Alec Jeffreys's discovery of genetic fingerprinting. ``As Wambaugh's fans have come to expect, this is an eminently readable and most impressive book,'' praised PW. Dec.
Library Journal
Wambaugh, best known for his books dealing with American crime and detection, here tells the engrossing story of two British sex murders and the police hunt for the killer. The title stems from a procedure of genetic fingerprinting detected by examining blood samples, and used by the police to catch the murderer. Armed with the new discovery for detection, the police launched a massive drive to ``fingerprint'' men in the Narborough village area. Wambaugh gives an inside look at the police and their intense and, at last, successful drive to catch the murderer. He also discusses the process, and some of its limitless possibilities. An excellent account of murder, detection, and this amazing scientific discovery. Recommended.-- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553763300
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 408,593
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

A former LAPD detective and perennial bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh is the cops’ poet laureate, and these are the stories he was born to tell.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    MAKE TIME FOR THIS BOOK!

    My only complaint about this book is that there were no pictures in it so you can only imagine what the people looked like based on the descriptions given in the book. Joseph Wambaugh is very good, almost towards the likes of Ann Rule but not quite. If there is any more Joseph Wambaugh, I wouldn¿t mind taking a dose of him again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Could Not Put It Down!

    I received this book as a gift and was not sure that I'd actually like it. After managing to read it in one day I can now say this is the best book I have ever read. The Blooding will not disappoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    The only 5-star book I've ever read!

    This is the first book that I've ever given 5 stars. This was an excellent book that I read over Christmas break and was completely in awe the entire time. This book starts in high gear and stays there throughout. No long intro setting up the story, this book jumps right in and left me wanting more and more. The ending was especially surprising and not what I was expecting. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    GO JOE!

    This book sparked my interest in literature and should be considered a work of art. In other words this book ROCKS!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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