She went on to write four more novels: Death du Jour, Deadly Decisions , Fatal voyage and Grave Secrets.
Kathy Reichs is a internationally recognized forensic anthropologist working on cases around the world, from examining the tomb of the unknown soldier, and working at ground zero, New York, to being an expert witness between Charlotte and Montreal were she currently divides her time.
These stories show a glimpse of the work involved in forensics, but only a glimpse.
On the television and in movies the hero or heroine often reveals the identity of the criminal with one piece of evidence, one clue, that solves the hole case.
Fingerprints can also link a suspect to his crime, fingerprints found at the scene of the crime are compared to a suspect’s fingerprints establishing absolute proof the suspected was there.
If a body part or a bodies skeleton his found, enter the forensic anthropologists to identify the victim’s remains. Reichs is an award winning international bestseller, winner of the 1997 Ellis award for best first novel.Her novel Deja Dead was only the first in a series of books.But, this method is only used if the body has been discovered within 48 hours.For those cadavers found weeks after death a forensic entomologist enters the scene and uses his or her knowledge of insect life to determine the time and date of death. This may smell bad to humans, but for an insect it’s chow time, and a perfect place for laying eggs.The next step would be to take the body’s fingerprints and compare it with the federal fingerprint files.Since no two people have the exact same fingerprints and the pattern is unchanged through life if a match is found the deceased has an identity.Temperance Brennan, investigating plane crash victims. In other cases without a passenger list investigators can take the description made by the forensic anthropologist and compare it to missing persons files.Forensic science depends on evidence to help solve a crime, and bring criminals to justice.A crime involving a body normally begins with the Medical Examiner ( also referred to as the ME) conducts an autopsy, the examination of the body after death.The ME studies the deceased to determine his or her identity, as well as the cause, method, mode and time of death. When a human dies he or she shuts down in stages, the bodies live temperature of 98,6 degrees, is maintained for one to two hours after death, then begins to cool, till it finally drops to it‘s surroundings temperature.