Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's First Forensic Investigator by Eve LazarusBlood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's First Forensic Investigator by Eve Lazarus

Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's First Forensic Investigator

byEve Lazarus

Paperback | May 1, 2017

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The intriguing criminal cases of pioneer forensics expert John Vance, "Canada's Sherlock Holmes."

During his forty-two-year-career he helped detectives in Vancouver, Victoria, and throughout BC solve hit-and-runs, safe-crackings, and some of the most sensational murder cases of the 20th century. Vance was constantly called to crime scenes and to testify in court because of his skills in serology, toxicology, and autopsy.

When Vance was first called to a crime scene in 1914, forensics was in its infancy. Vancouver was the first police department in Canada to have a scientist on staff and one of the few police departments in North America to use forensics in investigations. Vance's knowledge of poisons helped solved a sensational death case, while his work in blood analysis allowed him to distinguish human from animal blood―and thereby send a murderer to the gallows. His work in firearms examination was leading-edge, and Vance was able to bring his expertise in trace evidence and explosives to solve dozens of robberies, earning him front-page headlines.

Vance's skills and analytic abilities were so effective that in 1934 there were seven attempts on his life, and for a time, he and his family were under constant police guard from criminals afraid to go up against him in court.

Blood, Sweat, and Fear delves into some of the most notorious cases in BC's history while giving a sense of what life was like in Vancouver during the first half of the century. At the same time, it reveals the untold story of the personal struggle of John F.C.B. Vance, a scientist who never lost his moral compass in the midst of corruption that reached to the top of the police force and to City Hall.

Eve Lazarus is a Vancouver writer with an Aussie accent and a passion for true crime stories, cold cases, and non-traditional history. Her book Cold Case Vancouver: The City's Most Baffling Unsolved Murders (2015) was a BC bestseller and 2016 finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award at the BC Book Prizes. She is also the...
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Title:Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's First Forensic InvestigatorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 2017Publisher:ARSENAL PULP PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781551526850

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It was extremely interesting to learn about history in Vancouver that I've never heard of.
Date published: 2017-09-20

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In Blood, Sweat, and Fear, Eve Lazarus rescues one of the most important actors in the history of forensic science in Canada from obscurity ... Lazarus writes in a highly readable style, demonstrating an ability to distill what was probably a tremendous amount of archival information into a narrative that does not overwhelm the reader with excessive detail. —Ormsby Review