Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)
Why read it?
3 authors picked The Blooding as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?
A homicide detective I interviewed about the forensics involved in one of his cases a few years back, put me onto this book. And, it’s brilliant, I couldn’t put it down. While we all have a basic understanding of forensics thanks to CSI, this is the first murder case to be solved by DNA and follows the investigation into the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls in the 1980s. There are lots of red herrings—just like in a real crime novel—along the way of this four-year-long police investigation, and the largest manhunt in British crime history. When the killer…
One of the most forensically significant cases in history, this gripping story shows how the first DNA analysis in a crime case identified a serial killer and exonerated an innocent man. Wambaugh, a bestselling true crime writer and former LAPD officer, effectively situates readers in an English village as he demonstrates the challenge of detective work with few resources and describes the serendipitous connection between science and cops that evolved into a landmark case. The crime landscape was never the same again. Detailed background stories and compelling dialogue enliven the tale, and the constabulary perspective is uniquely authentic.
Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like The Blooding.