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Fascinating Forensic Facts - a suspect's hand

Fatal Catch an Inspector Andy Horton crime novelWhat if the only evidence available in a murder investigation is a grainy image of a suspect’s hand? Can the police crack the case? Perhaps Inspector Andy Horton can? In FATAL CATCH, fishermen haul a gruesome catch, not a suspect's hand but a victim's!

And maybe and thanks to a group at the University of Dundee in the UK, Inspector Horton will be able to catch more criminals by the hand. The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) can assess vein patterns, scars, nail beds, skin pigmentation and knuckle creases from images of hands to show, with high reliability, that police got the right person in several very serious court cases in the UK.

CAHID specializes in human identification, and was also the group that famously reconstructed King Richard III’s face after his body was found in a car park in Leicester in 2012.

I don't think it will be long before my Inspector Andy Horton is using this in his criminal investigations in the heart of the waterfront city of Portsmouth (UK)


DI Andy Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand.Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse? Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem. Assailed by doubts both in his personal and professional life, Horton desperately tries to keep his emotional feelings under control and his focus on his work. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing; he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed …

"Plenty of red herrings and a surprising culprit. Series fans will appreciate additional clues about the unsolved murder of Horton’s mother, Jennifer, more than 30 years earlier." Publishers Weekly

"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club

Available in paperback, hardcover and as an e book and on Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Also available for loan from UK, USA and Commonwealth Libraries.

A Handy Way to Solve Crime - D-brief: How to catch a criminal with just an image of their hand.

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JANUARY 23RD, 2018 @ 8:55:15 UTC

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