Forensic Speak

Crime stories have always intrigued viewers and storytellers. Today, crime shows rule the airwaves and there is truly a procedural drama out there for every personality — and every writer.

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Forensic Speak Description

Print length

300 pages




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Published Date

February 1, 2013


“I highly recommend this book to any crime writer. Very informative, useful, and best of all realistic and factual material. Definitely a must-have reference book.”

— Cristina E. Fish,
Forensic Specialist, Pasadena Police Department

If you write TV or films about crime, this book is as indispensable as a laptop and a cup of coffee. Rather than drop down the procrastination rabbit hole of Internet research, you can turn to Forensic Speak for the technical terms that make you sound savvy, those authentic details that make your acts sing. Dornbush writes about the intricate and specific details of forensics in a way you can understand well enough to make her genius your own. It’s like cheating, without the guilt.

~Liz Garcia

Executive Producer/Co-creator, Memphis Beat; Writer/Producer, Cold Case 

Forensic Speak should be in every crime writer’s library. Jennifer Dornbush takes a grimly serious topic and makes it easy to understand, highly entertaining, and even fun.

~ Tess Gerritsen,
Mystery/Thriller novelist,
Harvest, Life Support, Bloodstream, The Surgeon

This is an excellent quick reference book I wish I had had when I first started writing crime stories. It has all the gory details.

~ Aaron Guzikowski,
Contraband, Prisoners

It’s my job to come up with intriguing forensic clues in my scripts, but man, has Jennifer Dornbush made it easier.  FORENSIC SPEAK has it all: practical explanations, anecdotes and exhaustive research in an easy-to-digest book. A great resource written by a generous and intelligent writer. 

~ Janet Tamaro, Creator, Writer, Executive Producer of TNT’s RIZZOLI & ISLES

It doesn’t get any better than this in terms of clarity, accuracy and pithy writing. Bonus that Jennifer herself is absolutely adorable, brilliant, and a captivating speaker!

~ Catherine Finger,
Author & Educator

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