Saturday, December 23, 2017
Lisa Bailey’s book Ask a Forensic Artist: Skulls, Suspects, and the Art of Solving Crime (Honeybee Media 2014) is an engaging read for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. That book also describes other types of work a forensic artist performs, such as creating composite sketches from eyewitness descriptions and performing age progression to approximate what an individual might look like some years after a photograph was taken.
The computer-based process I described in The Reconstruction is as accurate as I could make it, within the tolerance of literary license. To see some fascinating descriptions and videos of computer-based forensic facial reconstruction, I recommend visiting http://bit.ly/2tY0c9g. The AFRAM software I described in the novel is not real, but it’s patterned after the examples illustrated at that website.
Friday, September 22, 2017
So, what do you think happens to Jessica after the last sentence of the book? I’d love to hear your ideas.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
For The Reconstruction, I described the crime in a prologue set five years prior to the rest of the story. This seemed appropriate because to do a forensic facial reconstruction, a forensic sculptor needs a skeleton to work on. It usually takes a while to turn a dead body into a skeleton. So you see what happens and learn a little about the victim and the perpetrators at the very beginning. Then you watch Jessica and Adam do their best to figure out the victim’s identity, learn what happened to her, and catch whoever did it.
What do you think of this approach to a mystery? Have you read other books in this genre before that you would recommend?