- Series: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Deat
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (October 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738207713
- ISBN-13: 978-0738207711
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Corpse is a joy to read." -- American Scientist, January-February 2002
"A grisly historical disquisition, leavened by the author's good cheer and eerily graceful prose." -- New York Law Journal 9/30/02
"Pinpointing time of death is exceedingly difficult...Sachs takes a refreshingly realistic approach to the subject in Corpse." -- New Scientist, 12/7/02
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I met Ms. Sachs last year, and interviewed her for a review of the book on another website. We sat in her back yard, talking about death and writing. She is gracious and knowledgeable in person, and her personable manner comes through in the book. As someone who has studied criminal justice in various forms for over 20 years, I highly recommend it.
I found the details fascinating of how forensic scientists (entomologists, anthropologists and even microbiologists) are learning more about the decompostion, dessication and eventual disintegration of human bodies. I was similarly riveted to the numerous stories of how the science was evolving and gradually coming into use in the courtroom.
The book is certainly not for everyone, and be prepared for the odd sideways glances from those who see you reading it. But it is a guilty pleasure (pardon the pun) for those who have the guts (sorry, had to do it) to read it through. Highly recommended.