A Life in Death
WINNER OF THE 2017 PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE
Detective Inspector Richard Venables (QPM, rtd.) has helped identify thousands of bodies all over the world, piecing together fragments from tsunamis, transport and other disasters to return the victims to their loved ones.
In A Life in Death, Richard tells his extraordinary story, of how death came to be a key feature of his personal as well as professional life, as well as how he coped with the biggest challenge of his life: the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the deadliest event of its kind ever experienced by human civilization, claiming 230,000 lives.
Upon his retirement from the Police in 2006, Richard was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in recognition of his distinguished service. In A Life in Death, Richard takes us behind the scenes of extraordinary events, explaining with compassion and searing honesty the absolute necessity of his work, his life's passion.
"An invaluable insight into the actual workings of Disaster Victim Identification teams, which will pull at every human emotion. An incredible read."
Detective Superintendent Graham Yip (rtd), Merseyside Police.
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Detective Chief Superintendent Rich Kerman (rtd)
"It is a sincere reflection of the fate that can befall some unfortunate people but how those dealing with disasters can make such a tremendous difference by the way their loved ones are cared and treated with respect and dignity… Through his work Richard became a worldwide expert on DVI and is held in the highest esteem by those in the field."
DR N D Chapman DL, Coroner of Nottinghamshire (rtd) & President of BAHID (British Association of Human Identification)