It is usually the books that inspire the small or big screen. This time, it's a TV show that turns into a book. Alain Bauer and Marie Drucker, who present the show "Au bout de l'enquête" on Saturday afternoon on France 2, sign an eponymous book ("At the end of the investigation, the biggest criminal cases scrutinized", 19.90 euros at First Editions), a kind of "best of", even if in terms of news it is daring to speak of "best of".
Still, the twenty cases discussed offer a journey between highly publicized and well-known cases, such as the disappearance of little Maddie McCann in Portugal or the murder of the little English girl Caroline Dickinson in a youth hostel in Brittany, to others more unnoticed but fascinating past such as the Chantal de Chillou de Saint-Albert case or the Méchinaud case: the incredible disappearance of an entire family in 1972 on Christmas Eve. This is the favorite case of Alain Bauer, one of the authors, who also supervised the "pedagogical" part of the book.
A clever mix of theory and practice
Each case gives rise to explanations on the theme of "how it works", whether for DNA, files, the appointment of an investigating judge...
"Finally, everything we do not teach in France, whereas in the United States, we raise awareness from middle school about the functioning of a jury for example," says Alain Bauer, who is himself a professor of criminology. Finally, the book offers a clever mix of theory and practice: a pedagogical thrill.