Nathan Dylan Goodwin writes mysteries where investigative genetic genealogy is used to help solve the cases. The books of his that I have previously read have been excellent. This book looks to be the same. I have just started it, but am already finding it hard to put down.
This is a quote from someone who has already read it through.
“I just finished the recent Venator Cold Case book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin….. called The Sawtooth Slayer. I couldn’t put it down. I appreciated the forensic process…. laid out so well by Goodwin… clusters, genetic communities, reverse genealogy. It is all there.”
(The following comments were written after I finished reading it.)
Well, the rains came right on time, giving me an excuse to keep reading this newest book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Sawtooth Slayer. I couldn’t stop until I had read it all.
The book lays out how modern DNA analysis and genealogy can work together to solve not only cold cases, but current ones as well. This is the first mystery book that I’ve actually marked up with stickers to help me keep track of the many research sites used during the story.
Nathan is actually a historical, genealogical mystery crime writer, but in this series of books, genetics has been introduced to help solve living crimes. If you like mysteries, or genealogy you should enjoy this read.
We should get together and trace the clustering methods used and then map out the family trees developed in the story, both forward and “reverse” so we could learn how the conclusions were reached. And someone should make and share a list of all the research sites mentioned.