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Maggots, Murder, and Men: Memories and Reflections of a Forensic Entomologist

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The science of forensic entomology-the application of insect biology to the investigation of crime-is extremely specialized, combining as it does an expert knowledge of entomology with keen powers of observation and deduction. Dr. Erzinclioglu has been a practitioner for over twenty-five years and has been involved in a great number of investigations, including some recent ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 10th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2000)
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Dec 22, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
This was an assigned reading for my forensic entomology class. This book is not 100 percent all about forensic entomology, but rather, a look into the life of a forensic entomologist. You learn about all of the "workplace drama" that a forensic entomologist deals with, which is incredibly different from anything any of us have ever experienced working any job. His love for Sherlock Holmes shows in this book, through mention of the fact and also through his style of writing. Recommended for anyon ...more
Mercy Heston
Despite the unpronouncable name of the author, fascinating stories about insects and their habits.
Nov 17, 2015 Saima rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book, 2015
Compelling stories about finding clues through forensic entomology.
This was fascinating, but at times I wished for more forensic entomology and less personal philosophy -- he seemed to spend an awful lot of time talking about what's wrong with the world and with the way forensic science is used in the courtroom. I wanted more science. Still, his style of writing is amusing and he definitely comes across as someone you'd want to have dinner with (or at least sit down and talk to; I'm not sure if dinner and his conversation really go together).
Alicia Duff
Aug 14, 2014 Alicia Duff rated it really liked it
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Highly fascinating book to read! The author spends time detailing actual cases he worked on, taking time to explain the deep the analysis process. I don't have any background in this area of expertise, but I can tell the process is very involved and only a certain type of person is suited for this work. The material was completely new to me, I left the book wanting to read more.
Feb 23, 2009 Carrie added it
I should have realized that this was going to be a depressing book. I thought it would be cool and science-y but in a fun and interesting way. And I guess that it is, but it just hadn't occurred to me that all the fun science would necessarily have to be tied in with dead bodies, rapes, murder and drowning victims. More depressing than I really wanted.
Daphne Vogel
Sep 29, 2012 Daphne Vogel rated it really liked it
I was charmed by this book, by his ethics and by the insect lore. His is a voice you would hear over a pint near the fire, telling stories of forensic research, solved (or unsolved) homicide cases, the good cop, the bad cop, and the nature of man. That being said, if you're of a squeamish disposition, best to wade into this book one maggot at a time.
Apr 19, 2008 Rae rated it it was amazing
This memoir combines two of my loves--forensic science and insects. The author, who died in 2002, was considered the leading forensic entomologist in the world. He shares many of his cases, some of his politics, a lot of his opinions, and a great deal of his knowledge of insects and bodies.
Mark Desrosiers
Sep 13, 2007 Mark Desrosiers rated it liked it
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He wouldn't dare say it in the introduction, but the primary function of a forensic entomologist seems to be to estimate the time of death. Sometimes also to figure whether some remains have been moved. In other words, despite all the disgusticating details, it's a dull day's work.
M. Jones
Feb 05, 2011 M. Jones rated it really liked it
Excellent reference book for those interested in layman forensics. The diction is easy to follow without compromising information. Great book!
Feb 13, 2015 Lou rated it really liked it
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Fascinating stuff! Will definitely be reading more about forensic entomology....
Apr 11, 2008 Deborah rated it liked it
Written by a forensic entemologist. Really cool but no photos.
Jan 25, 2009 Valerie rated it liked it
Riveting and informative.
Gali Baler
Oct 18, 2013 Gali Baler rated it it was amazing
Simply delightful.
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