Truth, murder and the birth of the lie detector
Henry Wilkens burst through the doors of the emergency room covered in his wife’s blood. But was he a grieving husband, or a ruthless killer who’d conspired with bandits to have her murdered?
To find out, the San Francisco police turned to technology, and a new machine that had just been invented in Berkeley by a rookie detective, a visionary police chief, and a teenage magician with a showman’s touch.
John Larson, Gus Vollmer and Leonarde Keeler hoped the lie detector would make the justice system fairer – but the flawed device soon grew too powerful for them to control. It poisoned their lives, turned fast friends into bitter enemies, and as it conquered America and the world, it transformed our relationship with the truth in ways that are still being felt.
As new forms of lie detection gain momentum in the present day, Tremors in the Blood reveals the incredible truth behind the creation of the polygraph, through gripping true crime cases featuring explosive gunfights, shocking twists and high-stakes courtroom drama.
I found this book very entertaining, it is packed full of interesting facts about lie detectors, from the very first one used in a murder case, this has everything you ever needed to know. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I felt as though it was not too heavy but I did need to concentrate on it otherwise I felt as though I would miss something. I love how Amit the author has written it so you feel as though you are reading a thriller rather than a history book, it is so cleverly done and Amit clearly knows his stuff. I can’t wait to read his next book and see what he is going to write about as this book just blew me away. I am now armed full of interesting things about lie detectors and how they work.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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