18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
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About the Author
A former EMT/paramedic and a nursing school dropout, Bruce Goldfarb has written for national and local newspapers, magazines, and web publications. He also wrote and edited several medical texts and reference books. This is his first book of popular nonfiction. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Frances Glessner Lee's dioramas of death have long been objects of fascination; now Bruce Goldfarb, the man who knows them best, has written a definitive account of how they came to be, and of the compelling, complex woman who created them. This book will beguile anyone with an interest in forensic science or the history of crime investigation." - Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession
"Eye-opening biography of Frances Glessner Lee, who brought American medical forensics into the scientific age...genuinely compelling." - Kirkus Reviews
"Thorough research helps him paint a captivating portrait of a feminist hero and forensic pioneer. " - Booklist
"Goldfarb's clearly written and well-researched book is recommended for history and legal studies audiences.
" - Library Journal
"Journalist Goldfarb takes an eye-opening look in his fascinating biography at the crucial role played by heiress Frances Glessner Lee in the development of U.S. scientific crime examination...Goldfarb's storytelling gifts will lead readers of insightful true crime to hope he will write more in the field. Devotees of TV's CSI will have their minds blown." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Goldfarb's unprecedented access to her family's papers has enabled him not only to paint a full picture of Glessner Lee's life and background but also to uncover less well-known aspects of her impact on the development of forensic science....Although her career was bedeviled by setbacks, as Goldfarb ably demonstrates, Frances Glessner Lee made a real and lasting contribution to forensic science and medicine." - Science
"An engrossing and accessible chronicle of Frances's life and the early years of scientific detection.
" - The Wall Street Journal
"18 Tiny Deaths combines elements of women's history and police procedurals in a story that will intrigue fans of both genres. " - Shelf Awareness for Readers