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A real-life silent witness from one of Britain's foremost forensic pathologists.

'The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak . . .'

Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK's foremost forensic pathologist, his job to understand the deaths which may have no natural cause. From crime scene to courtroom, his findings are crucial to the pursuit of justice. His work has seen killers put behind bars, exonerated the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

Shepherd's obsession with revealing the secrets of the dead is personal. At medical school, while performing his first autopsy, he held the heart of the patient in his hand and thought of his late mother, taken too early by heart disease.

He became driven by the challenge of finding the truth, of seeing justice, and by compassion: sometimes for the dead, but always for those they have left behind.

Thoughtful, revealing, chilling, sometimes bizarre and always unputdownable, Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year.

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  • Paperback

    9781405923538

    April 2, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    400 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780718182717

    October 18, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    400 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781405923545

    September 17, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    400 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • Unnatural Causes
    Dr Richard Shepherd

    EBook

    9781405923552

    May 17, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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