American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kate Winkler Dawson

Narrated By: Kate Winkler Dawson

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: February 2020

Duration: 10 hours 44 minutes

Summary:

From the acclaimed author of Death in the Air ('Not since Devil in the White City has a book told such a harrowing tale'--Douglas Preston) comes the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century.

Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities--beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books--sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the 'American Sherlock Holmes,' Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest--and first--forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural.

Heinrich was one of the nation's first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. However with his brilliance, and commanding presence in both the courtroom and at crime scenes, Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. His work, though not without its serious--some would say fatal--flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation.

Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, American Sherlock captures the life of the man who pioneered the science our legal system now relies upon--as well as the limits of those techniques and the very human experts who wield them.

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  • Cheryl W.

    Really enjoyed this book. Great look back at several crimes in the early 20th century and a key figure in the establishment of forensics. I am glad to have met Heinrich through this novel and can only wish there were more men like him today.

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