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Sue Black is one of the UK's leading forensic anthropologists. Her area of expertise is identifying people from their mortal remains. In this book she describes her work, its challenges and her philosophy about death.
At the outset, Black talks about the fact that death is an inevitable part of life, and discusses the significance that people place on a good death and on the ultimate disposition of their remains.
She then segues into how she got started as an anatomist and the empathy she learned towards the dead through her dissecting activities. This sensitivity towards their memory and towards that of their families has clearly been a cornerstone of her work.
Perhaps the most gripping parts of the book are when Black describes her work identifying remains as part of war crimes investigations in Kosovo, and then in Thailand identifying the victims of the tsunami there. There is some heartbreaking stuff here, but it is also intensely interesting throughout.