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A Forensic Forum

by Robin Odell

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A FORENSIC FORUM aims to bring together accounts of the development of forensic disciplines forged over several decades.

Its purpose is to pay tribute to those pioneers and innovators who left an indelible stamp on the advances which made possible modern science-based criminal investigation. Theirs was a collective genius which created a civilising force serving knowledge, understanding and justice.

They deserve to be recognised and honoured for their achievements.



PART ONE features eight forensic essays, on the following topics:

* Knowing How To Doubt: Forensic Medicine
* The Realm of Small Things: Forensic Chemistry
* Biting the Bullet: Forensic Ballistics
* Your Teeth Cannot Lie: Forensic Odontology
* Hatched and Matched: Forensic Entomology
* Reading the Bones: Forensic Anthropology
* Pushing up the Daisies: Forensic Botany
* It’s All in the Mind: Forensic Psychiatry

PART TWO comprises over 100 biographies of these forensic pioneers, set out in A-Z form and cross-referenced.


ROBIN ODELL trained as a university laboratory technician in the 1950s and developed an interest in forensic science. He turned writing into a pastime with his first book, JACK THE RIPPER IN FACT AND FICTION, published in 1965. In the ensuing years, he has written or co-written over twenty books on forensic investigation and criminal history.
He has won two Edgars awarded by the Mystery Writers of America in 1980 and 2007. His book RIPPEROLOGY also won a gold medal from the New York Independent Publishers Association in 2007. He has
lectured extensively on crime subjects to clubs and societies and is a long-standing member of Our Society, formerly the Crimes Club.



* Hardback, cloth covers, 198 pages
* Kindle edition
* Illustrated
* Index
* Bibliography
* Published 1st September 2017