Sunday, October 9, 2016

ARC Review: Blood, Bullets, and Bones

Blood, Bullets, and Bones
by Bridget Heos

*Boom* A gun sounds and a man drops to the floor dead. Now its time to be detectives ourselves and find out who killed him. The book Blood, Bullets, and Bones by Bridget Heos helps readers to become a professional sleuth. It explains everything from firearm analysis to DNA testing and everything in between. Things such as poison testing of the stomach to the original blood and fingerprint testing will not be overlooked either. Readers also find out things about older literature and the beginning of detectives and forensic science as we know it today.
Let’s begin with the purpose and genre of the book. The purpose of this book was to provide information on previous cases, to provide background to the reader on all that goes into the criminal justice system and the science behind everything that we know about forensics today. This book was made to inform readers to be more knowledgeable about detectives and the origin of detectives and forensics in the police force and modern world. Something mentioned in the book for the Valentine’s Day Massacre under firearm analysis is “First, all bullets and shells came from a .45 automatic submachine gun. Because the casings had different markings, two guns must have been used. The bullets had six right-twisting grooves—the kind found in the barrel of a Thompson machine gun or ‘Tommy gun’ ” (Heos124). This was one of my favorite quotes from the book because it describes what the police managed to get off of the firearm analysis of the Valentine’s Day Massacre, one of legendary mobster, Al Capone’s most devised plans to get rid of his competition and one of my personal favorites of all the bad things Capone did in the 1920’s.
This book is definitely great for those who want to read a sort of collection of real life detective novels and learn how the police solved them in the past and even some of the mess ups they made along the way and some that are still being made, and hopefully fixed, today. Those who like detective and forensic science books, this is for you. This book deserves a good rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The author can be found on twitter @BridgetHeos For more information on the book, look there.
Review by: AJ W.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Pages: 272
*Our class received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.*

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