William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Thursday, 10, March, 2011

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Filed under: Books,Forensics — williamthecoroner @ 13:26

A Review of Forensic Detective By Robert Mann
Because I not only am a practicing forensic pathologist, I also teach the subject. I am always looking for books on the subject. Forensic anthropology is not my area of expertise, and I’ve read the memoirs of many forensic anthropologists. The TV series “Bones” has stimulated a lot of interest in the field. Forensic Detective, How I Cracked the World’s Toughest Cases will go a long way to killing interest in the field. I hat to stop reading it, because I was in too much pain, the book kept hitting me in the face as I fell asleep reading it. The chapter about how Dr. Mann got into the field was mildly interesting, and the bits about the politics of choosing the unknown soldier was also interesting. For the rest, I just couldn’t finish the book. The material has been gone over before, and better, by other authors. Dr. Mann would have been helped by a better ghostwriter.

Bottom line, save your money.


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