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Die Chemie des Todes. 6 CDs by Simon Beckett

Die Chemie des Todes. 6 CDs (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Simon Beckett, Simon Beckett (Author), Johannes Steck (Sprecher)

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Title:Die Chemie des Todes. 6 CDs
Authors:Simon Beckett
Other authors:Simon Beckett (Author), Johannes Steck (Sprecher)
Info:AUDIOBUCH (2006), Edition: Gekürzte Lesung., Audio CD, 6 pages
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The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett (2006)


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Es hat eine Weile gedauert bis is zu diesem Buch gekommen bin.
Und was für ein Buch war das! Es hat mich gegriffen und nicht mehr losgelassen bis is die letzte Seite gelesen habe.
Nicht ein besonderes einzigartes Buch, Serienmörder, kleine Dörfer, unwillige Untersucher, alle sind schon mal vorbei gekommen. Aber in diesem Buch, das ich nun gelesen habe, hat alles geklappt.
Ich habe mich gefreut, es zu lesen. Schade dass es nicht mehr Seiten hat ;-) ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jan 12, 2019 |
I have found a new forensic scientist to read - Dr. David Hunter. In this initial book of the series, in an attempt to escape his grief over the death of his wife and daughter, he becomes a general practitioner in a small town, helping with the practice of a doctor who was paralyzed from the waist down. Then there is a murder and the town becomes the site of a serial killer. While the police eliminate some obvious suspects, the true culprit is someone I never guessed and the reasons were simply evil. I will definitely read the next book in this series. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Sep 3, 2018 |
I kept my hopes up until the end... but this was really formulaic. (That being said, *I* have not written or published a book.) Maybe it's the "first of a series" syndrome, but I have so many books to read not sure I'll reach for Written in Bone. Sorry.
The real clincher? Over use of cliff-hanger sentences at the end of chapters. Seriously.
"But it would not come to be."
Gak. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
Dr David Hunter is consumed with the question of what happens to the soul after death. After all, he knows by the minute what happens to the body after death. Because he cannot answer this question he leaves his career as a forensic anthropologist and London, to become a G.P. in the rural town Manham. Here he wallows in his grieve at the death of his wife and his daughter. Only coming back to his forensic roots as a serial killer targets women in this small town.
This is an excellent source of information of what forensic anthropology is. It is also a well-told tale of how this specialty works in the real world. Simon Beckett has created a character with flaws, desires, hopes, dreams. I am looking forward to reading more of Dr. Hunter. ( )
1 vote Bettesbooks | Jun 10, 2016 |
Review: The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett.

This book is an unpredictable serial killer suspense thriller. Simon Beckett delivers his real life anthropological experience working with Bill Bass, famous for the Body Farm, and writes a solid forensic procedural with plenty of interesting scientific details on the subject and minute to minute rate of decay of human remains under a variety of conditions and the use of insect populations as part of a model to determine accurate estimates of the time of death. The forensic detail explained in this book is very graphic and methodically precise with much accuracy as possible.

David Hunter previously worked as a forensic anthropologist in London until tragedy struck to close to home. He left behind his former life and took on a position as a temporary country doctor in a small English country village called Manham. He ended up staying on and practicing with Dr. Henry Maitland who is a survivor of a car accident in which his wife died and left him confined to a wheelchair. David Hunter never talked about his past to anyone which, was not to his advantage when women were being held hostage and days later left dead, mutilated in open areas. Even though he lived there three years he was still considered an outsider who came from a large city. Most of the village people eyed him as the most possible suspect.

The village of Manham turns out to be anything but placid. The village proves to be a place of dark passions, where predatory individuals hide behind a wall of normalcy. Along with a serial killer amongst them someone was leaving dead and mutilated animals outside homes and traps were being placed to cripple villagers who were unlucky enough to step in one.

As the investigation is on-going David Hunter’s past unveils and he was asked to help answer questions only an anthropologist could answer. He hesitated and frowned about what they wanted him to do but he finally relents and participates in the findings through detail forensic knowledge. However, most people still didn’t know his background and were suspicious of his communication with the officers in charge.

The story goes on with many unpredictable happenings, amazing twist and turns, creative plot, well developed characters, and a deep intense setting to top it off. I was so embedded in the story and amazed how the words just flowed along to create such an interesting book.

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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Ondanks een aantal clichés is De geur van sterfelijkheid niet het zoveelste boek over een seriemoordenaar. Het bevat een aantal originele elementen en beschikt over vaart, actie en zelfs een aanstekelijk soort humor. De verkoopcijfers van deze thriller zijn opvallend goed en dat komt bij een debuut niet zo vaak voor. De verklaring voor de populariteit kan voor een deel gevonden worden in de duidelijke interesse van mensen voor het forensische werk van de politie, hetgeen ook is terug te vinden in de televisieseries van CSI. Daarnaast zijn de vele liefhebbers van dit soort boeken al jaren op zoek naar de opvolger van Patricia Cornwell, die het juiste spoor al enkele jaren behoorlijk bijster is. Met De geur van sterfelijkheid bewijst Beckett dat hij een getalenteerde verteller is en dat hij de komende jaren kan uitgroeien tot een bestseller-auteur. Hij is zonder meer een grote belofte voor de toekomst.

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Three years ago, David Hunter moved to rural Norfolk to escape his life in London, his gritty work in forensics, and a tragedy that nearly destroyed him. Working as a simple country doctor, seeing his lost wife and daughter only in his dreams, David struggles to remain uninvolved when the corpse of a woman is found in the woods, a macabre sign from her killer decorating her body. In one horrifying instant, the quiet summer countryside that had been David’s refuge has turned malevolent—and suddenly there is no place to hide.

The village of Manham is tight-knit, far from the beaten path. As a newcomer, Dr. Hunter is immediately a suspect. Once an expert in analyzing human remains, he reluctantly joins the police investigation—and when another woman disappears, it soon becomes personal. Because this time she is someone David knows, someone who has managed to penetrate the icy barrier around his heart. With a killer’s bizarre and twisted methods screaming out to him, with a brooding countryside beset with suspicion, David can feel the darkness gathering around him. For as the clock ticks down on a young woman’s life, David must follow a macabre trail of clues—all the way to its final, horrifying conclusion.

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Dr. David Hunter, a successful forensic anthropologist, retreats to the quiet Norfolk village of Manham, where he works as a general practitioner, after a drunk driver claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Three years after this tragedy, the shattering discovery of the mutilated corpse of a neighbor, Sally Palmer, forces Hunter back into the world of studying decomposing corpses. When another woman disappears, Hunter and the police conclude that a serial predator is at work, and they race against time to prevent a second murder. High quality prose and a compelling if flawed hero haunted by the memory of his family help compensate for a plot that starts strongly but winds down to a somewhat predictable resolution.… (more)

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