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The dead talk. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. The bestselling mystery novelist draws on interviews with high-level profes Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The crime novelist burrows into the wild history of forensics…to explain practices like using maggots to calculate time of death.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In charting the ‘astonishing leaps’ that forensic science has made over the past two centuries, McDermid provides a grimly absorbing account of crime and its detection.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A gripping history of the anatomy of crime…contains a wealth of surprising information…If McDermid is ever stuck for inspiration for her novels she could do worse than turn to her own book of the dead for inspiration.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Examines the creativity of forensic experts through the analytic techniques they apply to real-life crime…McDermid has not lost her early journalistic genius for telling a good story plainly and with passion.”

    Times Saturday Review (London)

  • “A highly readable, eye-opening account of the way in which criminals have slowly had their wings clipped and their getaways thwarted over the past hundred and more years.”

    Herald (Scotland)

  • “A guide to criminal forensics that is every bit as compelling as the best of the fiction…She combines science with the macabre, from the Great Fire of London to some of the most sensational trials of recent times.”

    Irish Times

  • “This gruesomely fascinating book [is]…a mix of science and true-crime accounts…Fans of McDermid’s fiction will gain a greater understanding of where her ideas come from.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Using historical examples, author McDermid brings to life the various subspecialties within forensic science…[in this] no-frills primer. Additionally, McDermid’s experience as a crime writer and former journalist allows her to present the facts of the individual illustrative cases in compelling ways.”

    Library Journal

  • “From a bestselling mystery author, a curiosity-fueled look at the realities behind crime science…A satisfying insider’s excursion into the scientific realities behind CSI-style pop culture.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”: Brainy & Brilliant Beach Books
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Science
  • A 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Nonfiction
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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrator

Sarah Barron is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.