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Murders and forensic investigations March 8, 2010

Filed under: Book reviews,Writing — sallyhanan @ 10:14 pm
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I found a wonderful book at the library the other day—Teasing Secrets from the Dead: My Investigations at America’s Most Infamous Crime Scenes by Emily Craig.

Ms. Craig has a background in medical illustration, but she is now the state forensic anthropologist for the commonwealth of Kentucky. Her descriptions of sculpting facial features onto skulls, examining rotting flesh on bones, and noting the impact of hard instruments on a skeleton can help a crime writer tremendously.

“Unflinching, compassionate, and beautifully written. I was hooked from page one.” ~Sue Grafton

While the book is well written, I kept turning the pages wanting to find out more about how the crimes were resolved, not just the information about what Ms. Craig did with the victims’ bones. As writers, though, this might make the book all the more important to us—it can bring our imaginations to the point of constructing new plots that dance among the details of her discoveries.

 

 

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