From Publishers Weekly
An expert who has consulted on investigations ranging from JFK's assassination to the murder of Laci Peterson, forensic pathologist Wecht dissects five recent high-profile cases. The opening chapters cover the deaths of former Playboy
centerfold Anna Nicole Smith and her 20-year-old son, Daniel. Rumors abounded, and Wecht—called in by Smith's lawyer and friend Howard K. Stern to perform a second autopsy—determined that Daniel and Smith both died of accidental drug overdoses. In the murders of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe in 1998 and seven-year-old Danielle van Dam in 2002 in their San Diego homes, Wecht agreed with prosecutors who argued that Crowe had been stabbed by a mentally unstable transient, but in the van Dam case, he concluded that the girl was kidnapped and later killed by a neighbor. In the most compelling section, Wecht explores the case of a doctor accused of administering fatal doses of morphine to nine hospital patients during Hurricane Katrina. But fascinating as the cases are, and though Wecht's breadth of forensic knowledge and experience is undeniable, these stories lack cohesion and too often veer into unnecessary minutiae. (Oct.)
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"Fantastic forensic detail. Great mystery writing. The reader is pulled right into A Question of Murder
." -- Dr. Henry C. Lee, Chief Emeritus for Scientific Service for the state of Connecticut, and author of Forensic Files, Cracking Cases and Cracking More Cases
"From the morgue as a forensic pathologist to the courtroom as an expert witness, Dr. Cyril Wecht gives the deceased a voice. This thrilling book explains the process he goes through to determine if a death is suspicious and needs to be dealt with by the criminal justice system." -- Dr. Michael M. Baden, former Chief Medical Examiner for New York City, and host of HBO's series, "Autopsy."
"What a good combination: One of America's leading medical detectives paired with a very savvy crime reporter. Readers will enjoy A Question of Murder
." -- Robert K. Ressler, M.S., an author and co-founder of the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.
"You might think someone who wrote true-crime all day would look for lighter reading. That's often true, but I was completely fascinated with A Question of Murder
and read it far into the wee hours. Cyril Wecht is among a handful of outstanding forensic pathologists--his memory and files are filled with details of infamous death investigations. Now he shares his stories. Dawna Kaufmann co-authors with a style and fluidity that makes the pages fly by. This book is for the intelligent true-crime devotee who searches for the secrets behind the secrets in the most incredible cases of our time. I thought I knew the hidden details, but I found I didn't. This will become a classic in the genre. Spellbinding." -- Ann Rule, the author of The Stranger Beside Me, Too Late to Say Goodbye, and 27 more true-crime books