Unnatural Causes (Paperback)Dr Richard Shepherd (author)
As engrossing as any fictional whodunit, this uniquely powerful account of the life of a forensic pathologist puts the mystery of unexplained death front and centre. Through notorious and neglected cases that he has worked on, Shepherd reveals the methods of his trade, the emotional toll of his work and the crucial importance of his calling.
The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak
Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd. He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death. He's a detective in his own right. And he has one, ultimate and pressing question to answer: How did this person die?
Unnatural Causes is an unputdownable record of an extraordinary life, a unique insight into a remarkable profession, and above all a powerful and reassuring testament to lives cut short.
Dr Shepherd has faced serial killers, natural disaster, 'perfect murders' and freak accidents, all in the pursuit of the truth. And while he's been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it's often the less well-known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads. But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity's darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn't flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down' - The Times
'Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing' - The Daily Express
'Heart-wrechingly honest' - Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains
'Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate' - The Observer
'Unnatural Causes gives a sense of the toll that dealing with so many dead bodies takes. It's a very human book that looks at the cases he has been involved with, from the Hungerford massacre to the murder of Stephen Lawrence.' - The Times (Books of the Year, 2018)
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I couldn’t put this book down, what a fascinating man with remarkable stories to tell.
“Real eye opener to an often private world.”
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