Forensic science -- fiction

Skeleton Dance

By Aaron Elkins

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Mild-Mannered forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver knows bones. That's why the Chief Inspector of the small French village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac calls upon him when a local dog emerges from a nearby cave carrying parts of a not-all-that-long-ago-interred human skeleton. Les Eyzies is the home of the prestigious Institut de Prehistoire, where eminent scientists study and squabble . . . and perhaps, on occasion, commit murder. Gideon's search for answers leads him quickly into the darkest corners of the scientific community, and sets him on a shocking trail of death, greed, and deception nearly forty thousand years in the making.
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Denial

By Keith Ablow

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"Frank Clevenger is a forensic psychiatrist who hates authority, fears intimacy, uses sex as an aesthetic, is tortured by his professional mistakes, and can't free himself from the shadows of a brutal, alcoholic father and an absent, unfeeling mother. But it is precisely this injured psyche that allows him to understand the deranged behavior of the mental and emotional outcasts who cross his professional path.

"As Denial opens, all of Clevenger's understanding and expertise are put to the test: He has been asked to rubber-stamp the mental competence of a homeless schizophrenic who has confessed to a particularly grisly murder. As evidence of a shocking series of murders begins to mount, Clevenger will be forced to confront his own most terrifying and powerful demons."

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Postmortem

By Patricia Daniels Cornwell

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"Four women with nothing in common, united only in death. Four brutalized victims of a brilliant monster - a 'Mr. Nobody,"'moving undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage . . . but few clues. With skilled hands, an unerring eye, and the latest advances in forensic research, an unrelenting female medical examiner - Kay Scarpetta - is determined to unmask a maniac. But someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation from the inside. And worse yet, someone wants her dead . . ."
Winner of the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award for best first mystery

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Sick of Shadows

By Sharyn McCrumb

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Eileen Chandler, of the very eccentric Georgia Chandlers, is all set to be married. Unfortunately, nobody much likes the groom; they fear he's out to snare her inheritance and take advantage of her delicate mental state. With sensible cousin Elizabeth MacPherson on hand for the festivities, Eileen hopes to have a friend in her corner for support. Before joyous wedding bells can chime, though, murder makes an uninvited appearance . . . and no one in the strange wedding party is above suspicion.
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Unnatural Exposure

By Patricia Daniels Cornwell

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Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, is up against an apparent serial murderer who leaves a fatal virus in his dismembered victims.
Part of a series.

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Final Diagnosis

By James White

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"It's a massive hospital space station on the Galactic rim--384 levels, a staff of thousands--where human and alien medicine meet. But Patient Hewlitt, new to Sector General, doesn't want to meet alien medicine--or alien doctors, or alien nurses, or aliens of any kind. Which is just too bad; he's an interesting case, and he'll have to get used to it. In the meantime, it's always been an article of faith among Sector General's multispecies staff that infections can't pass from one alien race to another. But in this season of anomalies, it looks like they might have their first-ever interstellar virus on their hands, their tentacles, their cilla...."

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Deadly Exposure

By Leonard S. Goldberg

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After being sent aboard the Navy ship that is isolating a deadly new bacteria, forensic pathologist Joanna Blalock quickly learns that someone is purposely spreading the disease and killing those on board, and she must stop the ruthless killer before it is too late.

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