Forensic Crime

If detailed, detached and scientific descriptions of blood and gore are your thing, these writers will fit the bill.

Lin Anderson

Scottish creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod.

Simon Beckett

Known for his series focusing on the forensic anthropologist, Dr David Hunter.

Benjamin Black

A pseudonym for the Booker Award-winning novelist John Banville. Follow the exploits of Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist.

Robin Cook

American physician best known for his mysteries based on a medical theme. Topics covered include organ donation, genetic engineering, fertility treatment, medical malpractice, medical tourism and organ transplantation.

Patricia Cornwell

Best known for her series featuring Dr Kay Scarpetta, an American medical examiner, which include detailed forensic science themes.

Colin Cotterill

Author of the Dr Siri mystery series set in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, and the Jimm Juree crime novels set in southern Thailand.

Jeffery Deaver

American creator of the Lincoln Rhyme series, former head of NYPD forensics until an accident on the job left him a quadriplegic able to move just one finger.

Tess Gerritsen

American author whose work follows the crime-busting exploits of Boston Police Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr Maura Isles.

Kathy Reichs

Forensic anthroplogist and creator of Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, adapted for the television series Bones.

Karin Slaughter

Best known for the Grant County series, set in Georgia, USA. Features Sarah Linton, paediatrician and coroner, her husband Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, and his subordinate Detective Lena Adams. More recent novels include the Will Trent series, set in Atlanta.

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