Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales by William M. Bass
4 of 5 stars
This book is not for everyone, but oh, I enjoyed it!
I'm well aware
that I have a bit of a fascination when it comes to death and the macabre. I
remember as a teenager checking out a book on Fred and Rosemary West, the
infamous serial killers. True crime interests me, as does the nature of death
and how people relate to it.
The descriptions in this book are sure
to turn some stomachs, I would definitely say that if you're not prepared to
read honest - and in some case, graphic - descriptions of corpses and
decomposition, then you may want to give this book a miss. The stories Bass has
to tell are intriguing and fascinating, though, and are well balanced against
the details of the author. Intertwined with these are highlights of students and
colleagues, which I appreciated.
It's interesting - while I stand by
my warning up above, I did find myself thinking just now that it's possible that
people could benefit from reading books like this. Not necessarily
this book, but books on death, and dying. We are so removed from the
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