American Sherlock

Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
Author(s): Kate Winkler Dawson
Original Publish Date: Feb 11, 2020
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100151758
Released: Feb 11, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780593163818
Narrator/s: Kate Winkler Dawson
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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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Author(s): Kate Winkler Dawson
Product Number EB00760404
Released: Feb 11, 2020
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: #9780525539575

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"In this true-crime audiobook, author and narrator Kate Winkler Dawson expertly combines historical fact with compelling storytelling. It's no wonder Edward Oscar Heinrich became known as the "American Sherlock." He was a self-made chemist who became a forensic sleuth and tackled the most baffling crimes in early-twentieth-century America--from mysterious murders to a Hollywood scandal and a train robbery. Heinrich even had his own Watson, a reference librarian named John Boynton Kaiser. However, as Dawson reveals throughout her story, there was much more to Heinrich than his similarities to literature's most famous detective. For her narration, Dawson's pleasant voice falls somewhere between conversational and professorial. The result is an informative, entertaining, and well-rounded portrayal of a man who helped pioneer criminal forensic investigation. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"