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The Blooding
The Blooding
Author: Joseph Wambaugh
Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough. Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved. Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so br...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553282818
ISBN-10: 0553282816
Publication Date: 11/1/1989
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
An amazingly written true crime book. Don't start this one if you have things to be done, because they won't get done. You think you have it all figured out and wham another piece of the story is dropped.
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Helpful Score: 3
First admission I'm making is that I love true crime books. The
second admission I'm making is that I love science/scientific proof. This book perfectly combines both. The true story of a murder in England with telltale biological evidence left behind had one obvious suspect that the authorities thought was a dead ringer. All of the men in the entire town helped solve the case by mostly voluntarily participating in a "blooding" which ultimately gave them the proof they needed. Excellent writing by an author more known for his best-selling fiction, mostly police novels.
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Helpful Score: 2
an interesting true crime story of one of the first cases to involve DNA and 'genetic fingerprinting'. a quick and easy read and rather facinating!
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Helpful Score: 1
This was the first true crime I read and now I am hooked
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From Library Journal
Wambaugh, best known for his books dealing with American crime and detection, here tells the engrossing story of two British sex murders and the police hunt for the killer. The title stems from a procedure of genetic fingerprinting detected by examining blood samples, and used by the police to catch the murderer. Armed with the new discovery for detection, the police launched a massive drive to "fingerprint" men in the Narborough village area. Wambaugh gives an inside look at the police and their intense and, at last, successful drive to catch the murderer. He also discusses the process, and some of its limitless possibilities. An excellent account of murder, detection, and this amazing scientific discovery. Recommended.
- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Readnmachine avatar reviewed The Blooding on + 1439 more book reviews
Intriguing true-crime tale of two murders in a small English village, eventually solved by the development of DNA "fingerprinting".

Wambaugh juggles two distinct plot threads here -- the advances in forensic science, and the search for the killer of two young girls. There's a plot twist of the must-be-true-because-no-one-would-believe-it-in-fiction variety, and a thoughtful study of what became of the victims' families, as well as a professional cop's take on the investigation itself.
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True crime at it's best by a master of the written word.
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A true story of a murder solved by "genetic fingerprinting" the forerunner of DNA. Very good book
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Excellent depiction of the first crime investigated and solved using the DNA process.