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Marin County, California is a study in contradictions. Its natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors every year, yet the county also is home to San Quentin Prison, one of the oldest and largest penitentiaries in the country. Marin ranks in the top one percent of counties nationwide in terms of affluence and overall health, yet it is far above the norm in drug overdoses and alcoholism, and comprises a large percentage of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Ken Holmes worked in the Marin County Coroner's Office for 36 years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. As he grew into the job - which is different from what is depicted on television - Holmes learned a variety of skills, from finding hidden clues at death scenes, interviewing witnesses effectively, managing bystanders and reporters, preparing testimony for court, to notifying families of a death with sensitivity and compassion. He also learned about different kinds of firearms, all types of drugs - prescription and illegal - and about certain unexpected and potentially fatal phenomena such as autoeroticism.

©2017 John Bateson (P)2017 HighBridge, A Division of Recorded Books

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Excellent read. What an Education.

As a seasoned law enforcement officer and an experienced Homicide investigator in a major metropolitan city I️ found the Education Of A Coroner and the life and times of Ken Holmes
fascinating. The vast mixture of cases and circumstances was compelling. The insight into the role of a death investigator was well explored and insightful. Let’s hope there’s more of this to come.

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Very good. Awesome book.

I love this book shows the reason why the office should be stand alone. Excellent!!!

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Great read

Well thought out and well written...case studies and expansion of person interactions with people around the cases is great

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Enjoyed

I found it educational and interesting and would enjoy hearing more from others of the profession. I took a year of an associates degree in funeral science, spent many years as a volunteer EMT, hold a bach in Criminal Justice. I've worked in the courthouse, attorney's office, mental health field and more. I am just here for the ride.

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Great All Around

I have enjoyed this book alot. The book is well written and provides alot of information. Narration is excellent as well. :)

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A treasure

This is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. If you're looking for blood and guts, this isn't the book for you. This is an education in humanity's need to do right in the inevitable, and sometimes ugly, end of us all.