The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist by David Klatzow (Zebra Press) ISBN 9781868729227
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
David Klatzow is South Africa’s foremost expert in forensic science and, with the help of Sylvia Walker, he recalls the notorious cases he’s been involved with over the past 26 years. While this field of expertise has received a lot of hype in the last decade thanks to shows like CSI as well as writers like Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reich’s, not even Kay Scarpetta or Temperance Brennan would have survived under the restrictive and unscrupulous conditions that Klatzow has, especially during the apartheid years between 1984 – 1994.
Never one to shy away from the truth, let Klatzow jog your memory about high profile cases such as the Gugulethu Seven, the Helderberg 747 air disaster and more recent ones such as Brett Kebble’s alleged suicide and the van der Vyvfer murder. Only this time, get to hear the real facts behind these cases. Facts that ‘they’ didn’t want you or me to know.
Not a stranger to the literary word either, Klatzow’s articulate description of events takes readers on a haunting and spine chilling ride. This is definitely one of my favourite books of 2011.