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The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London

The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London - Sarah Wise Don't get me wrong, I liked this book (I'm trying to combat grade inflation in my rating system)- it was the literary equivalent of Law & Order: 1830s London. I studied the history of science and medicine quite a bit in school, so that theme was of great interest to me. Same goes for the birth of crimonology and forensic science- though if you're going to read just one narrative non-fiction with that in mind then I'd go for [b:The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science|7893331|The Killer of Little Shepherds A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science|Douglas Starr|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320482175s/7893331.jpg|11126612]. As for the "body-snatching" trade, there was quite a bit I already knew from reading [b:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers|32145|Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers|Mary Roach|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347656489s/32145.jpg|1188203] a few years back but this book certainly lends a more "human" face to the bodies themselves (if that makes any sense). All in all, an interesting, fast read that makes me want to go pick up some [a:Charles Dickens|239579|Charles Dickens|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1357465042p2/239579.jpg].